High School Coaching Staff

Mike Doyle

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle was a graduate of West Delaware High School in 1991. While in high school Michael placed 5th at 145lbs and was part of the State Tournament Championship Team and the State Dual Championship Team in 1991. Michael attended Wartburg College to continue his wrestling career under the direction of Head Coach, Jim Miller. While in college, Doyle was a 3-time Iowa Conference Champion, a 3-time Division III All-American, and a 2-time Academic All-American. Michael majored in Math Education and Mathematics, graduating in 1995.

In the Fall of 1995, Doyle took a teaching job at Independence High School as a Math teacher and assistant wrestling coach. Doyle was an assistant coach for four year under the direction of Bret Adams, before taking over the program as head coach in the fall of 1999. Since coming to Independence, the wrestling team has won the State Championship in 1996, won the State Dual Championship in 1997, and 3rd in the State tournament in 2005. Coach Doyle has guided the Mustangs to the State Dual Meet Tournament in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2014 placed 3rd, 2015 placed 5th, 2016 placed 5th. Doyle has been present for crowning 9 individual state champions and 51 state place winners in Independence history. Doyle was named Northeast Iowa District Coach of the year in 2006, 2007, and 2009. In 2009, Doyle was named Class 2A Coach of the Year by his peer at the State Wrestling Tournament. Michael resides north of Independence with his wife Jessie and three Children Allison, Matthew, and Natalie.


Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly was a graduate of Independence High School in 2000. While in high school, Donnelly was a part of the 1997 State Dual Championship Team. After high school Donnelly attended Iowa State University where he graduated with a double major in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Studies. Currently, Keith is the Physical Education teacher grades 3-6 at West Elementary in Independence. Along with teaching, Keith is an assistant varsity wrestling coach for the Mustangs. Donnelly has helped guide the Mustangs to five top ten finishes at the State Tournament including a 3rd place finish in 2005. He has also been a part of six State Dual Tournament teams including teams that placed 3rd, 5th, and 5th in 2014, 2015, and
2016. Donnelly has been on staff for six WaMaC Conference team tournament titles and eight WaMaC Conference dual team championships. In 2009, Donnelly was a part of the Class 2A Coach of the Year wrestling staff voted on by wrestling coaches at the State Wrestling Tournament. Donnelly currently resides in Independence and is also the Cadet Director for Iowa/USA wrestling.

 


Matt Shannon

Matthew Shannon

Matthew Shannon went to Independence High School in Independence, IA. While in school, Shannon was a 4-time letter winner, 2-time Academic All-Conference award winner, 2007 WaMaC Conference Champion, and part of the 2005 Iowa State Dual team. Currently, Matt graduated from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, with a BA in Biology and Secondary Education. Matt joined the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach at the beginning of the 2007 wrestling season. Shannon has been a part of the 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Iowa State Duals teams and the Iowa Class 2A Coach of the Year staff in 2009, which was voted on by members of the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. While on the coaching staff, Shannon has been working on and maintaining a book containing the history of Independence Wrestling Teams.  Currently, Matt resides in Independence with his wife Heidi and teaches science at the Independence Junior/Senior High School.  Matt is also involved with coaching football at Independence as well as sponsoring the Independence Robotics Teams #6625 and #7495.


Brian Loughren

Brian Loughren


Josh Weber

Josh Weber


Kalika Staker

Kalika Staker

Kalika Staker graduated from South Tama High School in 199_. After high school, Kalika attended Kirkwood Community College where he earned an Associates degree in Physical Therapy. Kalika serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for multiple sports, including the wrestling program at Independence and is also employed as a Physical Therapist Assistant for Millenium Therapy in Independence, IA. Kalika is a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and is currently studying Exercise Science at UNI. Kalika and his wife Michelle have two children, Hope and Avery who are active in basketball and music. Hope and Avery also enjoy attending wrestling meets to cheer on the Mustangs. In addition to athletics, music, and cheering on the Mustangs, Hope and Avery are avid recruiters for the Indee Mat Club.