DANVILLE, Va. -- Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens announced Wednesday the hiring of former assistant Blake Roulo as the new men's wrestling head coach.
Roulo, who joined the Averett wrestling team as an assistant coach in July 2017, becomes the second head coach in the program's history.
"I would like to thank Meg Stevens and the Department of Athletics for the opportunity to be the next wrestling head coach at Averett University," Roulo said. "I am excited to build on the momentum of the last two years that coach Tommy Owen established. We will continue to strive for excellence in everything we do academically and athletically while producing young men that our community will be proud of."
As an assistant, Roulo was instrumental in helping three Averett wrestlers to qualify for the Division III national championships for the first time in the program's two-year existence. Roulo also helped mentor one Virginia Duals Outstanding Wrestler and one Southeast Conference Wrestler of the Week. In addition, he coached several individual open tournament champions.
"Coach Roulo did a great job as an assistant with the program the last two seasons," Stevens said. "He's a passionate coach who cares about our student-athletes on and off the mat. His knowledge of Averett will help him continue to develop our wrestling program and build off our past success."
Roulo came to Averett from Southern Virginia University, where he was an assistant coach for one season and helped guide the Knights to five program records during the 2016-17 season. His coaching experience also includes time as a camp counselor and clinician with the Ken Chertow Wrestling Camps, as a Patriot Elite RTC student coach at George Mason and private sessions, camps and clinics since 2011.
A native of Petersburg, Virginia, Roulo wrestled collegiately at Division I George Mason University, where he was a four-year starter and four-time all-conference selection. He finished second in the conference in 2012 and 2013, fifth in 2015 and fourth in 2016. Roulo was ranked as high as No. 12 in the NCAA rankings and qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament. In 2015, he finished fifth at the Greco Roman University Nationals in Akron, Ohio. Prior to his time at George Mason, Roulo was a four-time National High School Coaches Association national champion and was named the NHSCA Wrestler of the Year in 2011 while also becoming a four-time Olympic style Fargo All-American.
Roulo earned his bachelor's degree in history from George Mason in 2016. He finished his master's degree in business administration from Averett in 2019.
"When an opportunity such as this one presents itself, we are delighted to have developed talented professionals like Coach Roulo within our own Averett community," Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks said.