Origins

Originally started by Coach Dresser in 1998, the club was designed to be a “travel club” for wrestling. The first of its kind in the NRV before travel soccer, baseball, volleyball, etc. Designed to provide opportunities for wrestling outside of the NRV and developed into a travel club that traveled regionally and nationally in search of high quality wrestling in order to develop high quality wrestlers. Coach Dresser also wanted to make this travel club affordable for all to participate and Bingo was started as the main fundraiser allowing fees to be half the cost of other travel clubs.

Mission

VA Elite, formerly Christiansburg Blue Demon Wrestling Club (CBDWC), was developed to promote the sport of Wrestling. It is our mission and goal to develop young men and women of character through wrestling, sportsmanship, and hard work. The primary purpose of our club is to acquaint all the athletes with the rules and fundamentals of wrestling and to support them in becoming CHAMPIONS on and off the mat.

VA Elite Club Coaches

Our coaches work with wrestlers at the youth, middle school, and high school level.

Coaches

Coach Cliff Warden wrestled at Edinboro University under Bruce Baumgartner for two years, then Tim Flynn and Lou Rosselli led the way for the remainder of his career as a Fighting Scot. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in education, Cliff spent his first 17 years coaching at his alma mater; with the first five years as an assistant and the last 12 as the head coach at Independence High School. It was there, in southern West Virginia that he led the rebuild of Indy, with the Patriots working their way to five top-five finishes including two state runner-up trophies. During Warden’s last four years, Independence was the AA Team State Champions and he was named West Virginia Coach of the Year three different times. Cliff coached multiple NHSCA champs, High School All-Americans, 21 individual state champions and 59 state place winners during his 12 years as the head coach of Independence High School. After moving to Christiansburg, Warden continued the championship streak for another year before Christiansburg was ousted by New Kent for the last 3 years. In Cliff’s 4 years as the Blue Demon’s Coach they have had 14 individual state champions and 25 state place winners.

Coach Brandon Taylor is in his third year with VA Elite. He did his high school wrestling under Coach Daryl Weber at Christiansburg where he was a state runner-up. Taylor continued his wrestling career at Virginia Tech while earning a Bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s degree in Construction Management. He then served as an assistant coach at Blacksburg where he was instrumental in developing the upper weights. With two years' work in Blacksburg they had their first HWT State Champ, Shane Mitcham. Brandon returned home in 2018 where he has coached at Christiansburg Middle School and High School the last three seasons.

Coach Tim Miles is a Christiansburg, Virginia native and has been involved with the VA Elite program for 20 years. He was a 2X state champion and a multiple time USA Wrestling All-American for coaches Kevin Dresser and Daryl Weber. Tim was a member of 10 state championship teams at Christiansburg High School, 6 of those serving as an assistant under coach Daryl Weber.

Coach David Wesley, a 2X state champion, NHSCA Junior National Champion, and a four-year D1 wrestler; is in his third season at VA Elite. David served as Roanoke Catholic’s head coach for two years leading them to their first conference title. He plays an integral role at VA Elite as he is an awesome technician from all positions. Wesley can still bring the heat drilling and wrestling with the middle weights, which is a must for the hammers on the team. Wesley is a firefighter/EMT in the area and dedicates the rest of his time growing the Christiansburg Wrestling Program.

Coach Billy Miller did his high school wrestling in Ohio where he was a 3X Ohio State Placer and 2X State Champion. Billy was also a Fargo All-American and a Team USA member. Billy started his college career at Edinboro University where he was a 2X EWL Champion and 3X NCAA qualifier while making it to the round of 12 as a sophomore at NCAA’s. Miller finished his career as a Hokie where he once again qualified for the NCAA’s and accumulated the rest of his 90+ collegiate wins. Billy currently teaches at Radford High School and is another great clinician/workout partner for our upper weights at VA Elite.

Coach Matt Hand is from Iowa where he wrestled in High School and was an Iowa State Champion. Matt continued wrestling at the University of Iowa from 1996-2001 under Coach Dan Gable. It was for the Hawkeyes that Matt was a four-year letter earner and member of the National Championship Team (‘96-’00.) Hand currently heads our youth program producing many VAWA State Champions and winning the 2021 VAWA Youth States with a 100+margin while scoring over 500 team points.

Coach Brian Hudson did his high school wrestling in Virginia where he was a 2X VHSL State Champion. He started his coaching career at Radford High School where he served as the assistant in 2017 and 2018. Brian currently assists with the VA Elite youth program.

VA Elite is definitely the hotbed of wrestling in southwest Virginia with the SERTC and Virginia Tech in the backyard. Walz, Green, Miller, Zavatsky, and Latona are just a few of the many past/present - SERTC & Hokies who share their knowledge in the VA Elite Wrestling Room.

We pride ourselves with our incredible staff, weight room, mat room, and wrestling resources; making VA Elite the premier place to work towards your goals and accomplish all of your wrestling endeavors.

Board

Each position is a 2 year term beginning July 1 of the year elected.

Board & Committees

  • President
    • Vince Manieri
  • Treasurer
    • Rob Mann
  • Secretary
    • Lauren Hand
  • Bingo Manager
    • Micah Mefford
  • Board Members
    • Joe Collins
    • Karla Gragg
    • Matt Hand
    • Tim Henderson
    • Amanda Lewis
    • Amanda Pociask
    • Jen Robie