Kittleson named UW-Platteville head wrestling coach
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Kristina Navarro, announced Wednesday (May 19, 2021) the appointment of Trevor Kittleson as the Pioneers’ head wrestling coach.
Kittleson brings ten years of coaching experience and has most recently served as the associate head wrestling coach at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In 2016 when Kittleson joined the staff, the Duhawks progressed from a 2-13 finish from the previous year to a 12-7 record in addition to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championship. The program continued to grow and most recently finished runner-up at the 2019 National Championship.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Trevor Kittleson and his family to our Pioneer Family,” said Navarro. “Coach Kitt truly embodies our focus on the transformational student-athlete experience with a focus on broad based competitive excellence. He is a proven recruiter and has a notable background of success at the NCAA Division III level. He will continue to build on the strong foundation we have in place for our Wrestling program. Most importantly, his drive, tenacity, energy and work ethic will continue to help us to Pioneer Forward.”
In addition to coaching, Kittleson knows first-hand the balance and commitment it takes to be a collegiate student-athlete. From 2006-11, Kittleson wrestled for University of Northern Iowa where he was a 2009 NCAA Qualifier at 149 pounds as a sophomore.
“I am extremely excited to join the staff at UW-Platteville, said Kittleson. “I want to thank Dr. Kristina Navarro and Michael Salm for believing in me and giving me this amazing opportunity. UW-Platteville has remarkable academics and facilities and is in a great college town with a community to rally behind. The location in southwest Wisconsin is a hot bed for wrestling and has easy access to the tri-state area. Coach DeRoehn has laid the foundation of a culture of hard-working student-athletes that are even better people. I want to continue to build on that solid foundation and take Pioneer wrestling to the next level.”
Kittleson has been named the Lower Midwest Regional Assistant Coach of the Year three times, most recently in 2020. During his time at Loras, Duhawk wrestling tallied 27 All-Americans, 33 national qualifiers, one national finalist, and two national champions along with 23 National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) Scholar All-Americans. The Duhawks were also named American Rivers Conference Champions in 2020, runner-up in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and third place in 2021. Regionally, the team finished runner-up in 2017, 2018, 2019 and were Regional Champions in 2020.
The St. Ansgar, Iowa native brings a wealth of knowledge of not only the sport, but academics which will assist in recruiting the finest student-athletes to UW-Platteville. In addition to pursuing a masters in Coaching and Leadership from Loras, Kittleson has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physics Education with minors in Earth Science and Mathematics Education which he utilized while teaching high school physics and engineering at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa.
Since 2015, Kittleson has served as the Iowa USA Wrestling National Team coach where he is the team coach at the Cadet and Junior National Freestyle Tournament. Kittleson also earned the USA Wrestling Bronze Coach Certification and is a NWCA CEO Leadership Academy graduate.
Prior to collegiate coaching, Kittleson was the head varsity coach for five years at Perry High School where he also taught. Kittleson coached one state champion, two state finalists, nine state place winners and 18 state qualifiers. While head coach, the Blue Jays were four-time Iowa Regional Duals qualifiers, Kittleson was named the Racoon River Coach of the Year in 2012 and Central Iowa 2A District Coach of the year in 2016. During the time in central Iowa, Kittleson also served as a graduate student fellow advisor for Iowa State University.
When asked about his background and work-effort development, Kittleson explained, “My parents raised me on a farm in north central Iowa where it was instilled in me to never be outworked. I plan to carry that work ethic to UW-Platteville in a very exciting time for Pioneer Athletics. I have to thank my wife for always supporting me in my endeavors. It is a dream for me to be head wrestling coach at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and I would not be here without her.”
Kittleson resides in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife Laura and their two boys Dakota (5) and Brooks (2). They are expecting their third child in August. Kittleson’s first day in the office was officially Tuesday, May 18.