Hired as Virginia Tech’s Wrestling coach in April of 2006, Kevin Dresser has gradually built the Hokies’ wrestling program into one of the nation’s elite. The Hokies won ACC Tournament Championships in both 2013 and 2014; and, won the ACC Dual Meet Championship in 2015 and 2016; and, were also Runner-up at the 2016 ACC Tournament Championship. The Hokies finished in the Top Ten nationally in all four of those years. In 2016, the team finished a program-best, fourth place at the 2016 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, which is also the highest team finish in ACC history. Kevin Dresser has been named the ACC Coach-of-the-Year for the past four years; and, in 2016, was named the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Coach-of-the-Year.
Kevin Dresser was born on November 9th, 1962, in Humboldt, Iowa. He attended high school at Humboldt High School, where he was a two-time state high school wrestling champion. Dresser graduated from the University of Iowa, where he won a national title in 1986 at 142 pounds. He was a two-time All-American (placing fourth in 1985 at 142 pounds), as well as a two-time Big Ten Champion. For his performance in 1986, he received the Mike Howard Award, given to the most valuable wrestler for the Hawkeyes. Dresser earned his B.S. in general studies from Iowa in 1986. In 2009, Dresser was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Wrestling Hall of Fame. In April of 2014, he was one of three inductees into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Dresser was a familiar name in the New River Valley long before he achieved national success at Virginia Tech. He was the head coach at Christiansburg High School for 10 seasons, winning the Group AA state title five times and claiming second place three times. Prior to his stint in Christiansburg, he led Grundy High School to eight state titles in as many years. In 2013, Dresser was honored with the Lifetime Service Award given in recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in youth through wrestling, by the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Penny, have three children: Emma, Anna and Jack. Penny Dresser is a native of Blacksburg, and the family resides in Riner.