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Head Coach Cory Connell

Coach Cory Connell’s took over the head coaching position at his Alma Matter City High in 2012.  Before coming to City High he was at  Eddyville-Blakesburg where he built one of the best programs in the state.  Under Coach Connell the Rockets had the six best years in the school history!  Coach Connell was named the 2010 Iowa Coaches and Officials Association 1A State Coach of the Year!  He was the District Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.  He coached the first three State Champions in school history, 17 State Place Winners, 27 State Qualifiers, and 43 District Qualifiers.  Making the State Dual Tournament in 2010, and the Regional Dual Championships 3 times, two time Sectional and District Champions, and also coached them to the first South Central Conference Championship in 15 years.  Coach Connell has also served the IWCOA by serving as the South Central District Chair Person from 2009-2013.  In duals Coach Connell coached the Rockets to a 91-54 record in his six years. 

Coach Connell also coached at Waverly-Shell Rock High School for a year where he helped coach the Go-Hawks in 2006 to a third place finish at the State Tournament, fourth place at State Duals, District Championship, and a North East Iowa Conference Championship.

He is originally City High School wrestler and graduate.  While at City High he was a State Champion his senior year capping off an undefeated 39-0 season.  Connell’s sophomore and junior seasons he placed third at the State Tournament and finished his high school career with a 146-12 record.  As a team City High won a State Championship his junior year and finished second his senior year.  After high school Connell went to the University of Iowa on a wrestling scholarship where he wrestled varsity for the Hawkeye’s before transferring to Wartburg College.  While at Wartburg he was a NCAA National Runner-up, All-American, and an Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champion.  As a team Wartburg won a National Championship his junior year and finished second his senior season.

Coach Connell has coached the Iowa Cadet and Junior National Freestyle Teams every year since 2006.  He has been on the Greco National Staff some years as well.  He has helped coach numerous wrestlers to All-American and National Championship status.  Coach Connell is on the Iowa USA Wrestling Board as the Southeast District Representative since 2008. 

While attending Wartburg College he earned a B.A. degree in physical education in 2006.  He is currently teaching high school strength training and physical education at City High School.  Coach Connell is married to Michelle Connell, they have a son named Cole and a daughter named Cara.


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