Sewell joins UMO wrestling staff


Alan Sewell has been named assistant wrestling coach at the University of Mount Olive.

Newly-minted head coach Dan Willis made the announcement last week.

“Alan will be a huge asset to the UMO wrestling program,” Willis said. “His 40 plus years of wrestling experience brings more to the table than just teaching wrestlers.”

Sewell graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1984. One of North Carolina’s top prep coaches, Willis most recently served as head coach at E.A. Laney High School in Wilmington.

“I am very excited to join the UMO team and help build something everyone will be proud of,” Sewell said. “Coach Willis and Coach [Luke] Welch will be the backbone of what gets done, and I will be there to help them in any way needed. The support from the university is incredible and will go a long way in making UMO a national power.”

Sewell’s success as a coach throughout his career is shown through the accomplishments of his players, many of whom earned several awards during their high school wrestling careers, including conference, district, regional and state titles.

“[Alan] has always formed solid relationships with the athletes he has worked with, which has enabled him to get the absolute most out of each of them,” Willis said. “His goal has always been to develop well-rounded young men, rather than just talented wrestlers. We are very fortunate to have him at the University of Mount Olive.”

Though fully retired, Sewell continues to be an advocate for all wrestling in North Carolina, raising money for high school and club teams. Additionally, Sewell is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and continues to volunteer with local wrestling programs.


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