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GAFFNEY, S.C. – The Limestone University Athletics Department has announced the promotion of Chris Basford to Interim Head Coach of the men’s wrestling program while also announcing that Kelly Revells has stepped down from his duties as head coach.
Revells has led the program since stepping foot in Gaffney in 2014. During his time at the helm of the program, Revells had 21 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Division II National Tournament with four Super Region II Champions, six All-Americans, and one Division II National Champion. DeAndre’ Johnson was crowned a NCAA Division II National Champion for the Saints at 157 lbs. in 2017.
Basford will take over the program on as the interim head coach after spending the last season as an assistant under Revells. However, Basford is no stranger to working with successful wrestling teams as he has assisted in the production of 109 national qualifiers, 73 All-Americans, and 17 individual national champions during his coaching tenure.
Basford joined the Saints after a long stint with another Saints program at Maryville University where he served as part of the coaching staff and operations team for the program. While with Maryville, the team garnered three Academic Team National Championships while also picking up NWCA National Dual Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to his time at Maryville, Basford served as the assistant wrestling coach for the now defunct men’s program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He helped the team to four team National Championships as well as four first-place finishes in the NCAA Super Regionals. The Mavericks posted a 62-10 dual match record with Basford assisting with the program.
Always keeping an eye on the Division II wrestling landscape, Basford created his own national and regional rankings, the Basford Rankings, that were credited rankings by the NWCA in 2005 and has maintained those records ever since. He has also served as the Division II Rankings Coordinator and has also been contracted by Flo Wrestling for rankings in 2019.
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