Former Bucknell great Kevin LeValley returned to his alma mater as an assistant wrestling coach in May 2015. A 2011 Bucknell graduate, LeValley was a two-time All-American during his time as a Bison and he still holds school records for wins in a season and a career.
LeValley, who served as team captain, had a remarkable career during his time as a Bison, earning All-America honors in 2010 and 2011. The three-time NCAA qualifier at 149 pounds compiled a 127-40 career record, including 42-8 as a junior and 34-3 as a senior. He became the second Bucknell wrestler to win an EIWA title, handing Cornell’s Kyle Dake his final collegiate loss in the 2011 EIWA finals in Sojka Pavilion.
Following his graduation from Bucknell with a degree in education, LeValley moved to Minneapolis to pursue a master’s degree in applied kinesiology and sport management at the University of Minnesota, which he obtained in December 2013.
LeValley spent four years at Minnesota working as an administrative assistant and recruiting coordinator with the Gophers wrestling team that placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships four times and in the top five three times. Additionally, LeValley was a coach at the Pinnacle Wrestling School in Shoreview, Minnesota.
While at Minnesota, LeValley continued to compete internationally for the Gopher Wrestling Club and Minnesota Storm. He has been ranked as high as 18th in the world, and is a current member of the U.S. National Team at 70kg (154 pounds). He has had great success in international competitions, earning gold at the 2013 Cerro Pelado International in Cuba, taking second at the 2014 Alexander Medved International in Belarus and placing third at the 2014 Dave Schultz Memorial International. He also finished fourth at the 2014 U.S. Open and third at the 2015 World Team Trials.
LeValley and his wife, Amanda, were married in October 2014. She is a certified athletic trainer.