Kyle Kimrey stepping down as White Knoll wrestling coach following season
After 4 seasons as White Knoll head wrestling coach, Kyle Kimrey is stepping away.
Citing health reasons, Kimrey revealed his plans to resign at the end of the season. He’s currently preparing the Timberwolves for the state individual tournament.
During Kimrey’s tenure, he’s led the program to a team-record 86 victories and the Class 5A Lower State title last season.
In Thursday’s print edition of the Lexington Chronicle, Kimrey cited a heart ailment which was discovered during mass testing conducted during his senior year at Dutch Fork High School. The electrocardiography (EKG) and ultrasound on the student-athletes were organized by the parents of former Silver Foxes’ All-State swingman Victor Sims. The 18-year-old passed away in April 2003 after he collapsed while practicing at Dreher High School from cardiac arrhythmia due to an enlarged heart.
During Kimrey’s test in the summer 2004, doctor discovered he had a bicuspid aortic valve. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is the result of the aortic valve — located between the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle) and the main artery that leads to the body (aorta) — has only 2 (bicuspid) cusps instead of 3.
This will cause the heart to narrow, causing a reduction in blood flow to the heart. In some cases, the condition leads to an enlarged aorta.
A most recent test encouraged Kimrey to cut down on stressful activities. He hopes to continue working with the program in a less active capacity.
An advertisement for the head coaching position is now posted on the Lexington School District 1 website.