Iowa City High Athletics Director D’Anne Kroemer distributed a news release confirming City High plans to hire former Little Hawk state champion and recent Eddyville-Blakesburg head coach Cory Connell to replace Brad Smith, who will retire from teaching at the end of the school year.
The move will be pending school board approval. Connell will also be a full-time teacher at City High. He was a Physical Education teacher at Eddyville-Blakesburg. Kroemer also mentioned a reception is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the school to welcome Connell and his family.
Read the release below:
City High alumni Cory Connell (00’) will be returning to his alma mater to take over the Little Hawk Wrestling program pending ICCSD Board approval.
Cory had a career record of 146-12 at City High and was an IHSAA State Champion in 2000. He started his collegiate wrestling career at the University of Iowa earning two varsity letters before transferring to Wartburg College to finish his career. He finished his career at Wartburg with a career record of 61-14. In 2004, Cory was a NCAA All-American and runner up the NCAA Division III Championship at 157 pounds.
Cory was named Co-Captain in 2005 and again qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship. In 2006, Cory was hired as the Head Wrestling Coach and Physical Education teacher at Eddyville-Blakesburg. During his tenure at Eddyville-Blakesburg, Cory has coached 43 district qualifiers, 27 state qualifiers, and 17 state place winners. In 2010 Eddyville-Bakesburg was team runner-up at the IHSAA State Championship. Cory was named district coach of the year in 2009, 2010, and named Iowa Class 1A Coach of the Year in 2010. In additional to his coaching responsibilities, Cory will be a full-time teacher at City High.
Cory and his wife Michelle have one son, Cole who is eighteen months old. Cory is the son on long time City High residents Mike and Chris Connell.
City High will be hosting a reception for Coach Connell and his family on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30pm in the City High Commons.