Blake Roulo has been promoted to head coach at Averett following the resignation of previous head coach Tommy Owen earlier this week. Roulo spent two seasons with the Cougars as an assistant before his recent promotion. He had previously spent one season as an assistant the Southern Virginia. The Virginia native was an NCAA qualifier for George Mason and helped Averett send three wrestlers to the NCAA tournament last year in their second season of competition.
DANVILLE, Va. — Averett University Director of Athletics Meg Stevens announced Wednesday the hiring of former assistant Blake Roulo as the new men’s wrestling head coach.
Roulo, who joined the Averett wrestling team as an assistant coach in July 2017, becomes the second head coach in the program’s history.
“I would like to thank Meg Stevens and the Department of Athletics for the opportunity to be the next wrestling head coach at Averett University,” Roulo said. “I am excited to build on the momentum of the last two years that coach Tommy Owen established. We will continue to strive for excellence in everything we do academically and athletically while producing young men that our community will be proud of.”
As an assistant, Roulo was instrumental in helping three Averett wrestlers to qualify for the Division III national championships for the first time in the program’s two-year existence. Roulo also helped mentor one Virginia Duals Outstanding Wrestler and one Southeast Conference Wrestler of the Week. In addition, he coached several individual open tournament champions.
“Coach Roulo did a great job as an assistant with the program the last two seasons,” Stevens said. “He’s a passionate coach who cares about our student-athletes on and off the mat. His knowledge of Averett will help him continue to develop our wrestling program and build off our past success.”