Dock Kelly | Head Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-5752
Dock Kelly III begins his 16th season as the head wrestling coach at Anderson, after being hired prior to the start of the 2000-01 season.
Throughout his coaching career at AU, Kelly has coached two national champions in Careef Roberson in 2005 and JJ Jackson in 2010 and four NCAA Division II All-Americans. Kelly has led 11 wrestlers to the Division II Wrestling Coaches' Academic All-America list and 17 Division II national qualifiers, with his 2010 squad ranking 17th at the NCAA Championships.
The 2014-14 season was one of Kelly's most memorable, as he guided two Trojan wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Sean Turner (157) and Zak Hale. Despite Hale's early exit, Turner advanced to the title bout and claimed National Runner-Up honors due to a late takedown in the final seconds. Prior to the NCAA Championships, Turner became the first regional champion in program history since the 2005 campaign. In addition to Turner, Hale earned a true fourth-place finish, while teammate Tre'vontay Rhodes earned sixth place at 174. Hale and Dan Telhada, who closed the season with a 17-1 overall record before suffering a season-ending injury, were named to the Division II Wrestling Coaches Academic All-American list. During the season, the Trojans ranked as high as No. 11 in the National Basford Team Rankings.
In 2013-14, Hale earned his second trip to the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth at the regional tournament at 133 pounds. Following the season, Kelly signed one of his largest recruiting classes in program history, signing 11 recruits from seven different states and two countries.
In 2012-13, Hale became the 15th national qualifier under Kelly, as he advanced at 133 pounds. Hale posted a 22-7 record, which included wins over Division I opponents Chattanooga, Ohio and Davidson. Kelly also coached Hale in an 8-7 decision over defending National Champion, Trevor Franklin of Upper Iowa.
Telhada earned a berth into the NCAA Championships following the 2011-12 regular season, becoming the 14th different Trojan grappler to advance to the national tournament.
Kelly coached Trevor Sanford to an NCAA Championships berth following the 2010-11 regular season, after Sanford placed third in the regional tournament at 174. Prior to Sanford’s run, the Trojans nabbed eight wins during the year, highlighted by victories over Division I’s Gardner-Webb and Davidson.
Prior to coming to Anderson, Kelly was an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro, which folded its program following the 2012 season. During his three years with the Spartans, Kelly guided 15 wrestlers to the NCAA Division I championships, while eight captured individual titles within the Southern Conference. Kelly was also on the coaching staff for the 1998 season, which won the SoCon championship.
Kelly participated in the 2010 National Wrestling Coaches Associated Leadership Academy in Delray Beach, Fla. Kelly was one of 60 coaches from across the country who were selected after a nomination process among coaches from all levels of collegiate wrestling.
As a wrestler, Kelly began his wrestling career at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C. where he totaled a 24-3 record during his senior year and was voted the conference most outstanding wrestler. Following his prep career, Kelly spent a season at Chowan where he competed under Head Coach Dave Mass.
Following his stint at Chowan, Kelly transferred to UNC Greensboro and was a member of the first-ever wrestling program in the school’s history. At UNCG, Kelly qualified for the NCAA Championships twice and compiled 50 wins during his collegiate career, finishing in the top-10 in the program’s all-time wins list.
Kelly would graduate from UNC Greensboro with degrees in geography in 1996 and communications in 1997.
Away from the mat, Kelly is an adjunct instructor within the Kinesiology department at Anderson. There, he provides students with basic knowledge and skills of fitness jogging while motiving them to participate in various physical activities.
Throughout his life, within the sport of wrestling, Kelly has been inducted into five Hall of Fames, beginning with the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997 after being an NCAA Division I national qualifier in 1996 at UNCG.
In 2000, Kelly was named to the NCAA Hall of Champions before being selected to the Pinecrest High School Hall of Fame. For his efforts on the mat, Kelly was enshrined into the UNC Greensboro Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Chowan Hall of Fame in 2008.
Kelly currently lives in Anderson with his wife, Shakhan, and his sons Caleb and Patrick.