MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. -- Dan Willis has been named the new Head Coach of the University of Mount Olive Wrestling team, it was announced by Vice President for Athletics Jeff Eisen.
"Dan brings a wealth of coaching experience and is a fixture in North Carolina wrestling, which combined with his energy and passion will help move our program forward," said Eisen.
Willis joins Mount Olive after spending the last 17 years as the founder and head coach of the Port City Pirates Wrestling Organization as well as the last 11 years as the owner and operator of Port City Sports Performance LLC, both located in Wilmington, N.C.
While at PCPW Willis helped coached the Pirates to two North Carolina Youth State Championships and one third-place finish. On the individual side, Willis saw over 20 athletes become high-school state champions and over 50 become state-placers.
Prior to his time at Port City Willis spent time as the head coach at E.A. Laney High School (2006-09/2014-17) and John T. Hoggard High School (1995-2004). At E.A Laney Willis claimed five Mid-Eastern Conference Championships along with being the NCHSAA 4A State runner-up. Willis coached John T. Hoggard to six Mid-Eastern Conference Championships, a 4A Region championship, and three regional runner-ups.
Academically, Willis' teams have earned Scholar-Athlete Team awards four times throughout his high school coaching career.
Willis wrestled collegiately at UNC Pembroke and was a two-time team captain for the Braves. He was an NCAA Division II All-American for the Braves posting a 102-31 career record at the 142 weight class. He also was a two-time South Region Champion and named the Braves Most Outstanding Wrestler his senior year.
Willis received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Health & Physical Education with a teaching certification from UNC Pembroke. He also holds a USA Wrestling Bronze Coaching Certification. Willis was also an assistant coach on the North Carolina National Team.