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Northern State University Head Wrestling Coach Rocky Burkett announced August 26 the addition of J.R. Lewis as the Assistant Wrestling Coach. Lewis joins the NSU program after spending one season at the Coast Guard Academy (CGA).
“We are excited to have J.R. join our staff,” noted Burkett. “He has a great knowledge of the sport of wrestling and has been a part of successful programs. J.R. will be a big asset in helping our program to continue moving forward.”
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the NSU wrestling team,” explained Lewis. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity that Director of Athletics, Josh Moon, and Coach Burkett have given me, and I look forward to this coming season. Go Wolves!”
With the Coast Guard Academy Bears, Lewis coached three regional place winners, as well as the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year. He also helped lead CGA to their second consecutive winning season for the first time in 15 years.
Lewis began his career at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach for the Eagles, where he trained five All-Americans and one national finalist.
Aside from the collegiate ranks, Lewis has held multiple club and camp coaching positions, including work with the Malecek Wrestling Camp, U.S. Naval Academy, Eagle Wrestling Club, and St. Charles Wrestling Club.
Collegiately, Lewis was a three-time NWCA Academic All-American and two-time UW-L Team Captain. He earned first team All-WIAC in his senior campaign as well as numerous team awards over his four-year collegiate athletic career.
Lewis received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Recreation Management and his Master of Science in Physical Education-Teaching from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Lewis began with the Wolves on August 22.
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