NEW LONDON, Conn. – J.R. Lewis has been named an assistant wrestling coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Lewis served as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater Wisconsin-La Crosse for the past two seasons where he coached five All-Americans and one national finalist.
He was a three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American at Wisconsin-La Crosse where he was a team two-time captain and earned first team All-conference honors during his senior season.
"I am really excited about having J.R. on board here at the Coast Guard Academy," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Bratland, who is entering his second season. " Being a highly successful student-athlete and coach while at UW-Lacrosse, J.R. understands and values the work it takes to excel in both athletics and academics. His experience, passion, and work ethic will help to continue the tremendous wrestling tradition here at the Coast Guard Academy."
Lewis earned his degree in Political Science as well as a master's degree in Physical Education from Wisconsin-La Crosse.
He was a two-time Midwest Regional placewinner finishing fourth his junior year and third his senior year behind a pair of nationally ranked wrestlers, one of which went on to win the national championship. His team placed second once, third once and fourth twice at the NCAA Championships during his four years.
"J.R. is a great addition to the Coast Guard Academy. You will not find a greater role model for all the student athletes," said Dave Malecek, head wrestling coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse. "J.R.'s dedication and work ethic is second to none and he will continue to push the student athlete's to new levels. J.R. is going to have a great coaching career and the future is bright for him as he will continue to grow under the outstanding leadership of head coach Kevin Bratland. We are going to miss J.R. here at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse."