Independence Junior/Senior High’s Head Coach, Michael Doyle, has been named National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) High School Boys Head Coach of the Year for the state of Iowa. In winning the State Coach of the Year honor, Coach Michael Doyle became a finalist for the NWCA Section 4 Coach of the Year Award.

Coach Michael Doyle’s accomplishments include the following:  State Duals placed 4th.  State Tournament placed 14th with 4 state qualifiers, Athletes placed 2nd, 2nd, 7th.  Won our conference West side division.

“Our Scholastic Coach of the Year Awards Program which honors our nation’s coaches who work tirelessly on behalf of their athletes is one of my favorite NWCA initiatives.  At a time when coaches are needed now more than ever, we get to take time and thank the entire profession by recognizing their peers at the state, section, and national levels. Thanks to those who we call Coach.” Mike Moyer, NWCA Executive Director.

Independence’s Assistant Coaching Staff has been named National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) High School Boys Assistant Coaching Staff of the Year for the state of Iowa. In receiving this honor, the staff became finalists for the NWCA Section 4 Assistant Coaching Staff of the Year Award.

The Independence staff is comprised of coaches Keith Donnelly, Josh Weber, Brian Loughren, Nick Fuller, and Kaleb Budzine and accomplishments include the following:  These guys spend countless hours working with our young people.  Teaching, developing, recruiting, and educating where possible to advance the sport of wrestling in our community.  This season we went 29-8 in duals and placed 4th at state.  We sent 4 individuals to state and placed 14th as a team.  The individuals got 2nd, 2nd, 7th, and qualified.