One of the biggest names in local wrestling history is coming back to coach his old team.

Kevin Black, the only four-time state champion ever at River Falls High School, has been hired as the Wildcats' new head wrestling coach, according to school district activities director Rollie Hall.

"I am happy and excited to announce Kevin Black has been hired as the new head wrestling coach for the 2013-14 school year," Hall said in a statement released Monday, March 11. "Kevin brings a work ethic and background of experience that is hard to match. We have been talking for quite some time about this new transition and he is ready for this challenge."

Black was a four-time, undefeated state champion for the Wildcats from 1995-98 with a record of 160-0, tops on the school's all-time win list. At the University of Wisconsin he was a three-time NCAA Division I qualifier and three-year team captain, earning All-American honors in 2002.

Black was an assistant coach with the Badgers from 2003-05 and an assistant at Lodi High School in 2005-06 before opening Victory School of Wrestling in River Falls.

Black has coached extensively with USA Wrestling and is the only person ever to be named USA Wrestling Women's Coach of the Year twice--in 2009 and 2011. He was coach of the 2011 U.S. World Team that tied for third place at the World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and recently became the 43rd coach in the U.S. to receive the National Coaches Education Program Gold Level Certification, the highest level of certification available from NCEP.

See the March 20 print edition of the River Falls Journal for the complete story.