BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University Head Wrestling Coach Jason Moorman announced the hire of Bryce Killian as assistant coach. Killian was a standout wrestler for the Tornado, earning All-America honors each of the last two years.
"Bryce has shown great leadership qualities over the five years he competed here at King," Moorman said. "He is the most decorated wrestler we have had since becoming NCAA members, and his goal has always been to coach after college. We are excited to have him start that journey here at his alma mater."
Killian became the first Tornado to qualify for the NCAA Division II Wrestling championships, qualifying each of the last three years. He was also one of the first Tornado to earn NCAA All-American honors twice. In 2016-17 he finished seventh and a season ago, Killian finished sixth at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships.
"I'm excited to be coaching a team that I have been a part of for a long time," Killian said. "I'm looking forward to this upcoming wrestling season and I am ready to help these guys succeed."
Each of the last two years, Killian finished runner-up at the NCAA Super Region II Championships, and in 2015-16, he finished third. Killian is the only two-time first team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) selection. King has been members of the ECAC for two years, with Killian earning first team honors each season.
In 2017-18, Killian earned all-academic honors from the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). He was one of two Tornado to earn the distinction, the first two wrestlers in program history honored by the NWCA. Killian closed his career with a 63-26 record, taking a school record 18 wins by technical fall. He earned nine wins by major decision and two by pin.