Keith Gavin joins the Pitt coaching staff for his first season on the bench. Gavin has spent the previous five years as a wrestler under Stottlemyer, becoming just the second National Champion in the past 20 years at Pitt.
At Pitt, Gavin amassed a career record of 120-37, ranking him in a tie for sixth on the all-time wins list. Additionally, he ranks eighth in career pins with 22 and posted a 61-4 record over his final two years, including a 33-0 record his senior year.
As a junior he reached the finals of the 174-pound weight class, dropping an 8-2 decision to Missouri's Ben Askren. One year later, Gavin returned to St. Louis and again reached the finals of the 174-pound bracket. Gavin sealed his fate as one of Pitt's greatest wrestlers with his 4-2 win over Michigan's Steve Luke, becoming the first National Champion at Pitt since 1989.
In addidtion to coaching duties at Pitt, Gavin continues his wrestling career with the 2012 London Olympics in mind. At the 2008 Olympic Trials he posted a 2-2 record. Gavin qualified for the Trials and World University Championships after winning the University Freestyle Nationals. At the 2008 World University Wrestling Championships he earned a bronze medal.
Gavin is single and resides in Pittsburgh.
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