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.
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.