Kilgore joins Air Force staff as volunteer assistant coach

Dustin Kilgore (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Air Force wrestling has announced three-time wrestling All-American Dustin Kilgore as the volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The Berea, Ohio native is a four-time MAC champion and boasts the accolade of being the only national champion Kent State has ever produced in wrestling.

"This is a great honor to be able to learn and coach under such a professional staff," said Kilgore. "I am really looking forward to developing my skills as a coach and teaching a younger generation some of the techniques that have helped with my success on the mat."

After earning his bachelor's in criminal justice at Kent State, Kilgore broadened his wrestling resume by earning a silver medal at the World University Championships in 2014. He is a four-time USA National Team member and currently trains freestyle wrestling at the U.S. Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"We're excited to have Dustin Kilgore join our staff" claims Sam Barber, head wrestling coach. "A guy of his caliber and competition credentials is going to have a tremendous impact on the growth and improvement of our wrestlers"

Kilgore's addition to the Falcon wrestling staff is a continuation of an already blossoming relationship between Air Force wrestling and USA Wrestling, as Kilgore is the third wrestler to volunteer as an Air Force assistant while training at the Olympic Training Center.

"I will enjoy watching the team grow this year as I contribute to the program the moves and technique that helped me to become a successful college wrestler," Kilgore explained. "With five years of Division I wrestling experience and nearly 20 years of experience on the mat, I know what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level and I cannot wait to finally share my skills and knowledge with an already great program."

Kilgore currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife Abby and their sphynx cat, Koshka. He will be mat side with Falcon wrestling as competition kicks off later this year.


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