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COACHING STAFF

J.R. Lewis
Assistant Wrestling Coach

J.R. Lewis enters his first season with Wolves wrestling in the fall of 2016. Lewis joins the NSU program after spending one season at the Coast Guard Academy.

With the Bears, Lewis coached three regional place winners, as well as the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Year. He also help lead CGA to their second consecutive winning season for the first time if 15 years.

Lewis began his career at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach for the Eagles, where he trained five All-Americans and one national finalist.

Aside from the collegiate ranks, Lewis has help multiple club and camp coaching positions. He has worked with the Malecek Wrestling Camp, U.S. Naval Academy, Eagle Wrestling Club, and St. Charles Wrestling Club.

Collegiately, Lewis was a 3-time NWCA Academic All-American and 2-time UW-L Team Captain. He earned first team All-WIAC in his senior campaign, as well as numerous team awards over his four year career.

Lewis received both his bachelor of science in Political Science with a minor in Recreation Management, and his master of science in Physical Education-Teaching from Wisconsin-La Crosse.


AJ Valles
Graduate Assistant Coach

AJ Valles enters his first season as the Wolves graduate assistant coach in 2016-17.

Valles joins the Wolves after assistant coaching stops at Sanger High School in Sanger, California and Foothill High School in Palo Cedro, California. He was also the head wrestling coach at Golden State MMA.

Valles wrestled for Fresno City College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Simpson University in his collegiate career. He was the California Junior College runner-up and a 2-time NAIA All-American placing fifth at Embry Riddle adn eighth at Simpson.

He was also a 2-time high school All-American and 2-time high school state place winner. Originally from Selma, California, Valles received his associate of arts in Interdisciplinary Studies fron Fresno City College and bachelor of arts in English for Teachers at Simpson.

Valles is working towards his master's degree in K-12 Counseling at Northern State.