Coach, author Kevin Emily joins staff at Lander University

Kevin Emily is a man of many talents ... all related to amateur wrestling. He's been an incredibly successful high school coach in Iowa and in South Carolina ... and as an author of respected historical books about the world's oldest and greatest sport. Now Kevin Emily will be putting that experience and knowledge from those phases of his career as an assistant wrestling coach, announced Thursday as the newest member of the staff at the NCAA Division II wrestling program at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

Kevin Emily
Born in Georgetown, S.C., Emily grew up and wrestled during the 1970s and 80s in a true hotbed of wrestling: Waterloo, Iowa. Emily wrestled at Waterloo Central High School He then went on to wrestle collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In the past decade-and-a-half, Kevin Emily had served as head wrestling coach as well as special education teacher, most recently at Midland Valley High School in South Carolina. While coaching in Tennessee, South Carolina and Iowa, Emily's wrestling programs have generated 13 state placers, five state champions, four NHSCA All-Americans, one USA Wrestling champion, one All-American and one NHSCA National Champion.

In addition to these accomplishments as wrestler and coach, Kevin Emily has also generated accolades as an author of compelling historical books, sharing the true stories of all-time great wrestlers and coaches, including "Pathfinder" and "Pathfinder: Vol. II" and, most recently, he completed "The Giant Killer," a biography on Carlton Haselrig, wrestler at University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown who won three NCAA Division II heavyweight titles, then three Division I championships (back when Div. II and III champs could compete for titles at the Division I championships) ... then went on to a career with the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers. Right now, Kevin Emily is finishing work on "King of the Mat" which will tell the stories of a number of legendary high school wrestling coaches.

Located in Greenwood, South Carolina between Greenville, SC and Augusta, Ga., Lander University is a four-year, public university founded in with just over 3,300 students. Lander's men's NCAA Division II men's intercollegiate wrestling program -- the Bearcats -- has completed its first season of competition.

"We are fired up to add Kevin Emily to our staff as an assistant coach here at Lander!" according to Lander head wrestling coach R.C. LaHaye. "Kevin has been an ultra successful HS coach both in South Carolina and in Iowa. Kevin has coached numerous state placers, state champions , and All Americans. We can't wait to have him join us this fall in Greenwood !"


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