LeClere named head wrestling coach at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Nick LeClere is about to take the next step in his wrestling career. The Iowa state champ for his hometown North Linn High School who went to wrestle first for University of Iowa, then at Coe College in Cedar Rapids -- where he became an NCAA Division III national runner-up - has been named new head wrestling coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported Friday.

"The interview committee sat down and looked at Nick's experience and his vision for the program through the transition from three to five years ago and that he wants it to look like ..." Cedar Rapids Kennedy Activities Director Aaron Stecker told Cedar Rapids Gazette's K.J. Pilcher. "We've seen what he's built in our Junior Cougar wrestling program and it all just fit."

LeClere had served as coach of the Junior Cougar wrestling program for the past seven years. He also worked with former Kennedy head wrestling coach Dennis Hynek, who resigned after last season.
It's now up to the Cedar Rapids Community School District School Board to make it official.

LeClere hopes to find himself at the helm of the Kennedy varsity wrestling program. The varsity Cougars were 17th at last season's Class 3A Iowa state traditional tournament and reached the regional dual finals, falling to North Scott and posting a 10-2 record. Kennedy hopes to tally a third straight Mississippi Valley Conference divisional titles.

LeClare likes the prospects for the 2020-21 Cougars. As he told Pilcher, "We have five returning state qualifiers from last year and two additional state qualifiers from the previous year. We've got a pretty good group, really."

Built in 1967, John F. Kennedy High School is one of the public high schools in Cedar Rapids, the second-largest city in the state of Iowa. Kennedy has a total student enrollment of approximately 1,800.


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