Campbell finalizes coaching staff: Sentes and Evans promoted; Kraisser, Cabell and Hritsko join staff

By Jason Williams, Campbell University | July 03, 2019, 3:54 p.m. (ET)
Campbell University coaching staff in action. Campbell University image from ScarboroughPhotography.com

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell head wrestling coach Cary Kolat has announced promotions for Scotti Sentes and Mike Evans, as well as the additions of Nathan Kraisser, Blaize Cabell and Josiah Hritsko to the staff.

Sentes will be elevated to associate head coach and Evans will be raised to head assistant coach, while Kraisser, a former Campbell All-American, has been named recruiting coordinator. Cabell joins the Campbell coaching staff as a volunteer assistant, and Hritsko has also been named social media coordinator.

Sentes enters his fourth season at Campbell, with the Camels claiming two Southern Conference tournament championships in his three years. Evans, meanwhile, will head into his third year in Buies Creek in 2019-20.

In addition to the program’s second SoCon tournament title in three years, the Camels also earned their first ever regular season conference championship in 2019. CU earned a share of the SoCon dual title with a 5-1 league mark to go along with a 7-1 overall dual record, both program bests.

Campbell sent a school record six to the NCAA Championships in 2019.
Eight total Camels earned spots on the podium at the SoCon Championships, with all 10 wrestling for medals. Kolat was also named one of eight finalists for NWCA Coach of the Year, and was named SoCon Coach of the Year following the program's tournament win in Boone, N.C. on March 10.

During the season, CU earned its first ever top-25 national ranking. The Camels also fashioned a 10th place finish at the prestigious Midlands Championships, an all-time best for the program.

Additionally, Campbell took National Wresting Coaches Association Division I Academic Team honors for the third-straight year. The Camels finished 13th nationally in the standings with an outstanding 3.28 team GPA, posting a top-25 academic finish for the fifth time in program history. Campbell took ninth last season after finishing No. 21 in 2016-17.

Kraisser officially joins the staff after serving as an assistant academic coordinator for the team. Kraisser was a 2017 All-American at Campbell, and a four-time NCAA qualifier, including twice for the Camels, transferring from North Carolina, where he was an ACC Champion in 2014, and the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year.

Leading the Camels in both takedowns and falls as a junior and senior, taking the Southern Conference Championship in 2016 and earning a runner-up finish in 2017. Kraisser graduated from Campbell in 2017 with a degree in sport management.

Cabell will be stepping in to the volunteer assistant coach role, helping develop the 197 pound and heavyweight athletes. A three-time NCAA qualifier (2014-16) at 285 during his collegiate career at Northern Iowa, Cabell won the Mid-American Conference Championship in 2016.

Following graduation, Cabell competed for the Panther Wrestling Club and the Valley Regional Training Center at 97 kilograms in freestyle, placing fourth at the Senior Men's Freestyle World Team Trials in 2018.

Hritsko will coordinate social media and events for the program, creating and managing content for all social media accounts for Campbell’s wrestling program, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Hritsko comes to Buies Creek from Melone Advertising, working in social media, website design, graphic design and video production. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2017.