Kluever named assistant coach at Gardner-Webb

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Keaton Kluever was named the new Assistant Coach of the Gardner-Webb University wrestling program, announced by GWU Head Wrestling Coach Daniel Elliott on Monday.

"We are excited to bring Keaton on board with the GWU Wrestling program.", praised coach Elliott. "Keaton brings some new energy to our program and has a passion for coaching. He has spent time at three universities as an athlete and brings a unique background to coaching for a young guy. He has hit the ground running already and we are looking forward to him helping move our program forward."

Kleuver joins the Gardner-Webb family after finishing his collegiate wrestling career at Hofstra University where he reached the national championships. A letter winner for the Pride, he led the team in wins and pins during the 2023-2024 season, and was named Academic All-American and All-EIWA. Kluever was also a letter winner at the University of North Carolina, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he was named Academic All-Big Ten for the 2022-2023 season.

Additionally, Kluever continues his role as a coach for the Wisconsin Wrestling Federation where he has been since 2020. His key responsibilities include coaching their Freestyle and Greco National teams, assisting in recruiting, logistics, development, and conducting practices in preparation for national competition. He also served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Plainedge High School for the 2023-2024 season, and Assistant Coach for Eden Prairie High School from 2021 to 2023.

Kluever earned his bachelors in elementary education from Minnesota in 2023, and a masters certificate in social media and marketing from Hofstra in 2024.