A former Newberry College wrestler is reunited with his collegiate coach, in a new role at a new school, as Karl Reed will be now serving as an assistant coach to Limestone College head coach Kerry Revells, the Gaffney, S.C.-based school announced Wednesday.
Reed wrestled for Revells at Newberry, which, like Limestone, is a South Carolina college which competes in NCAA Division II. The former 197-pounder wrestler helped lead the Newberry Wolves to five straight Super Region 1 team titles and five consecutive national top-8 rankings. In addition, Reed was named team captain during his senior year in 2012 and was ranked eighth in the Division II preseason poll the same year. His 2011 season would prove to be the highlight of his collegiate career as he earned a national qualification after finishing runner-up in Super Region 1.
After graduating from Newberry, Reed launched his coaching career, first at University of North Carolina Pembroke as a graduate assistant, then as an assistant coach at Darton State College in Georgia.
At UNC Pembroke during the 2012-13 season, Reed coached multiple NCAA Division II national qualifiers and two NCAA All-Americans. During his tenure at Darton State, Reed coached eight National Junior College Athletic Association national qualifiers and three All-Americans. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the first Eastern District II Title in program history during the 2013-14 season. In addition, Reed monitored the academic progress, scouted potential student-athletes for DSC, oversaw the travel schedule and fundraising initiatives and started and maintained a youth program.
“I’m excited that we were able to hire Coach Reed,” said Revells. “He brings a wealth of passion for not only wrestling, but also coaching. We have similar visions in terms of coaching and where we want the wrestling program to go. He will be a great fit at Limestone.”
Reed, who graduated from the National Wrestling Coaches Association Leadership Academy in 2013, said, “I want to thank Coach Revells and the athletic department for giving me this great opportunity to join the Saints coaching staff. I believe that Coach Revells and I will build men of character and integrity both on and off the wrestling mat as we strive to bring championships home to Limestone College.”
Located in Gafney, S.C., Limestone College describes itself at its website as an accredited, independent, coeducational four-year liberal arts institution. The Saints wrestling program and other sports teams compete in NCAA Division II.