July 4, 2011
(From the VMI athletic site)
LEXINGTON, Va.- The VMI wrestling program has announced the addition of two-time NCAA National Champion Joe Kemmerer to the program. Kemmerer joins the VMI family after serving as assistant coach last year for the now reclassified Liberty Flames wrestling program.
“The entire VMI wrestling family would like to welcome our newly hired assistant coach in Joe Kemmerer,” said VMI head coach John “Rocky” Trudgeon. “He still competes internationally in Greco-Roman training regularly at the United States Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs. Joe will be a superb coach, training partner and mentor for all our lightweights.
Prior to his stint with the Flames, Kemmerer completed a successful two-year wrestling career at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., where he was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion at 133 pounds, claiming the title in 2007 and 2009. For his efforts at the 2009 National tournament, he was tabbed as the event's Most Outstanding Wrestler.
The Mountain Top, Pa. native finished his Kutztown career by compiling an impressive 60-4 record, beginning with a 32-2 mark during the 2006-07 season. Following a redshirt year, he returned to the mats for the Bears during the 2008-09 campaign, where he defended his NCAA National title and became the program's first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion since 1942, paced by a 28-1 record.
Kemmerer is no stranger to the Southern Conference, as he began his collegiate career at UNC Greensboro, where he posted a 31-7 record as a freshman at 125 pounds and was a national qualifier. In all, he compiled a career record of 91-11 (89.2 winning percentage) as a collegiate grappler.
During his prep career at Crestwood High School in Mountain Top, he was a 2004 AAA state champion and finished with a perfect 32-0 record at 119 pounds as a senior. Additionally, he was selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania against the United States All-Stars at the 2004 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic, after posting a 101-7 record in his illustrious high school career.