Drury University announced that it has hired Maryville assistant coach James Reynolds to be the inaugural head wrestling coach for the Panthers. Reynolds and the Panthers wrestling program will start competition during the 2016-17 academic year. He will stay with the Saints through their competition Dec. 19-20 at the Midwest Classic hosted by the University of Indianapolis.
Reynolds was in his fifth season with the Maryville wrestling program. He made the move to St. Louis with head coach Mike Denney to start the Saints program. During his seasons with the Saints, Reynolds has coached 13 NCAA Division II All-Americans, one NCAA Division II National Champion and one CoSIDA Academic All-American. He helped guide the Saints to back-to-back third-place finishes at the Division II National Championships.
Reynolds attended Adams State College (University) where he wrestled for Coach Jason Ramstetter. Throughout Reynolds' career at Adams State, he beat a number of ranked athletes as well as All-Americans. Reynolds had also made several appearances in the NWCA Division II National Rankings. James finished his education at Adams State College with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Performance Physical Education K-12 in December of 2007. After finishing his career at Adams he decided to start his coaching career with his long time mentor and friend, coach Jason Ramstetter. Reynolds helped coach the Grizzlies to a fifth place finish as a team at the 2008 NCAA Division II National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
A native of Alamosa, Colo., Reynolds graduated from Sargent High School (Monte Vista, Colo.) in 2002.