Milford High School hires Marine pilot, Naval Academy alum Clayton as wrestling coach

Josh Clayton is hoping to take the Eagles wrestling program at Milford High School in suburban Cincinnati to new heights.

Josh Clayton
The Milford High School Department of Athletics has announced that Clayton will take the controls of the Eagles high school mat program for the 2020-21 season as interim varsity head coach, bringing a unique skill set as a retired Marine pilot, U.S. Naval Academy alum (including two years as wrestler at Annapolis) and, most recently, serving as a coach with Milford's junior high wrestling program.

"I am ecstatic to announce Josh Clayton as our next leader of the Milford Eagles wrestling program," Athletic Director Aaron Zupka told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He exemplifies everything we want our student-athletes to be and how we want our program to be represented. Coach Clayton has a tremendous amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm for growing the sport of wrestling at Milford. I know he will work tirelessly to further the development of our student-athletes on and off the mat."

Clayton is a graduate of Milford High School where he was a four-year member of the Eagle wrestling program, qualifying for the OHSAA State Tournament as a senior. After Milford, Coach Clayton attended the U.S. Naval Academy, spending two years as a member of the wrestling program at Annapolis. Following graduation, Clayton deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan, finishing his career with 16 years flying AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters for the Marines.

Coach Clayton launched his coaching career during his time in the Marines as a youth team coach. Upon returning to Milford, he started helping with the Milford youth program, before moving on to working with the junior high and high school wrestlers the following year later.

In addition to the honors and accomplishments listed above, Josh Clayton was welcomed into the Milford Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

  • Earned four varsity letters in wrestling
  • Career wrestling record of 95-38
  • Tournament record: five -- 1st place, six -- 2nd place, seven -- 3rd place, two -- 4th place
  • Most career wins in school history at the time of his graduation
  • Milford Wrestling Hall of Fame member (1993)
  • Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1997)
  • Awarded Naval Aviator "Wings of Gold" (1999)
  • Greater Miami Conference (GMC) wrestling champion (1993)
  • Four-time Milford Invitational Tournament wrestling champion (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Three-time District wrestling Qualifier (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • State wrestling qualifier (1993)

    "I am honored to continue our tradition of hard work and discipline to help our wrestlers continue to grow," Clayton told the Enquirer. "The skills they learn on the mat will help them be better wrestlers, citizens, and leaders."
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