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.