Wade McClurg, Head Coach
Wade McClurg is entering his 3rd season as Head Wrestling Coach at Roncalli High School. Coach McClurg is looking to build off the success that the Rebels experienced in his first 2 seasons leading the program. Last season, McClurg and his staff lead Roncalli to a 14-4 regular season dual meet record, finished the season ranked 13th in the state, and earned a bid to the 2019 IHSWCA Team State Duals Tournament. The team was Conference Champions, 7th Place at the IHSWCA Team State Duals, Sectional Runner-Ups, Regional Runner-Ups, 3rd place at Semi-State, and at the State Finals they finished in 8th place (the 6th Top 10 State Finals performance in the program’s history). In a season full of team accomplishments, at the IHSAA State Finals the Rebels had a record 4 IHSAA State Medalists in a single season. Sam Hansen 2nd place at 195 lbs, Alec Viduya 4th place at 126 lbs, Brayden Lowery 5th place at 113 lbs, Elijah Mahan 5th place at 170 lbs.
McClurg is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach. He is the President and Head Coach of the wrestling club, Rebel Wrestling Foundation. Has been a member of the Indiana State Wrestling Association’s National Team Staff since 2008. McClurg was selected by his peers the 2013 ISWA Coach of the Year.
McClurg had served as an Assistant Coach for 8 years. He worked with many of the state and country’s best athletes from 2008-2013 as an Assistant Coach at a club called Central Indiana Academy of Wrestling. Then, McClurg took his talents to Carmel High School from 2013-2016 where he mentored 7 State Qualifiers, 3 State Medalists, and the team was 2x Sectional and 2x Regional Champions. Coach McClurg also played a large role in helping build Carmel USA Wrestling Club into one of the biggest and best clubs in the state during his time spent there from 2013-2016.
A 2008 graduate of Beech Grove High School, he then continued his education at the University of Indianapolis and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Coach and his wife Ashley (Roncalli Alumni ’08) reside in Franklin Township, are parishioners at St. Roch, they are expecting a baby in October 2018, and have a Goldendoodle named Bear.
Riley McClurg, Assistant Coach
Coach Riley McClurg is entering his 2nd season as an Assistant Coach for the Roncalli Wrestling program. Riley experienced a very successful high school and collegiate wrestling career. He graduated from Perry Meridian High School in 2013. While attending PMHS, he compiled a 141-17 career record, he won the IHSAA State Championship as a senior at 160 lbs, and he was also a member of 2 IHSAA Team State Championships in 2012 and 2013. Riley spent 3 years wrestling at the Division 1 level for Purdue University and Old Dominion University. He also spent 1 year competing for Marian University at the NAIA level. He is a graduate of Marian University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Accounting. Coach Riley McClurg is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach, an active coach for the Indiana State Wrestling Association’s National Team Indiana trips, and he is a coach for the Rebel Wrestling Foundation.
Scot Dawson, Assistant Coach
Scot Dawson is entering his 24th season coaching, 3rd as an Assistant Coach for the Rebels. Prior to joining the staff, he spent the last 15 years serving a variety of capacities at Beech Grove including assistant and associate head coach at BGHS, head coach at BGMS, head coach and board member of the Beech Grove Wrestling Club. During this tenure, he mentored his favorite wrestler of all-time, Wade McClurg, as well as 10 IHSAA state qualifiers, 7 medalists, 2 IHSAA state champs, and 2 USAW freestyle All-Americans. Also,Coach Dawson was actively involved with the ISWA. He was a five time assistant coach of Team Indiana at the USAW National Tournament in Fargo, ND, two time assistant coach of Team Indiana at the Cadet Duals as well as the Head Freestyle Coach at Cadet Nationals and Head Greco-Roman Coach at the Cadet Duals., and was awarded the Indiana State Wrestling Association Coach of the Year in 2006. He is still an active bronze level certified USA Wrestling Coach, and works with the athletes at Rebel Wrestling Foundation.
Dawson is a 1990 graduate of Beech Grove High School where he was a four year letterman on teams that won 4 Mid State Conference Titles, 4 IHSAA Sectional Titles, 2 IHSAA Regional Titles, and 2 Marion County Championships. He continued his studies at Wabash College, receiving his BA in 1994 while earning four varsity letters on the wrestling team. Furthermore, he won an individual conference title as a freshman and was awarded Captain, Sweat Club Champ(*extra effort award) and Outstanding Wrestler as a senior.
Coach Dawson also holds a M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University. He is currently a math teacher at Beech Grove Middle School. He and his wife Amy (who was Coach McClurg’s English teacher in high school) have two children Ellie and Joey. They are parishioners at Saint Michael Church in Greenfield.
Jacob Blackwell, Assistant Coach
Coach Blackwell is entering his 5th season as an Assistant Coach for the Roncalli Wrestling program. Jacob is a 2008 Roncalli graduate. He wrestled for the Rebels for four years. He earned three varsity wrestling letters and qualified for semi-state twice. He finished his high school career with a 3rd place finish at the IHSAA State Finals, during his senior year in 2008. After high school Jacob wrestled for the Greyhounds of UIndy. Most recently, Jacob served his country as in the active duty Navy. He currently resides in Beech Grove, a parishioner at Holy Name, he is employed at Envista as a Freight Auditor, and is working towards getting on the Fire Department. Coach Blackwell also coaches at the club level for the Rebel Wrestling Foundation, and is a USA Wrestling Bronze Certified Coach.
Nate Koontz, Head Youth Coach
Nate Koontz is entering his first season as RWF’s Head Youth Coach. Nate was the youth coach at Edgewood Wrestling Club for the past five years and coached multiple ISWA state placers and ISWA state champions. Nate currently holds a Bronze Level Certified USA Wrestling card. His oldest son, Gabe, wrestled at Edgewood and placed 5th and 3rd at the 2014 and 2015 IHSAA State finals and is currently wrestling for the Indiana Hoosiers. Nate’s middle son, Matthew, will be joining the Rebel family this fall as he enters his freshman year at Roncalli. Nate’s youngest son, Adam, will join the RWF this year as well. Nate’s wife, Joni, will also be active in the RWF at the operations and fundraising level.
Nate is a police officer at the Indiana University Police Department in Bloomington. He has been with IU for nearly 9 years and is currently serving as a detective. Along with his detective duties, Nate also instructs at the IU Police Academy and is a certified Crossfit Level 1 Trainer, a Tactical Athlete instructor, and a certified Law Enforcement Fitness Coordinator. Fitness is an important part of Nate’s life and he will be bringing that fitness knowledge to the kids at RWF.