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For the past three years, Joseph Kane has served as the Muscatine High School (MHS) Head Wrestling Coach. In that time, he earned the respect of his wrestlers and challenged them to become the best athletes they could. His efforts have paid off, as the MHS varsity wrestling team has enjoyed their greatest success in many years this season. Wrestling coaches around the state have taken notice of Kane’s talent and dedication too. This year, the Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA) honored him with their division 3A Coach of the Year award. 
Kane knew he wanted to coach wrestling from an early age. He recalled, “When I was considering career paths in college, I was drawn towards education.  I enjoyed wrestling in high school and college, I had several role model wrestling coaches, and I believed that through wrestling I could teach young people transferable life skills like hard work, resilience, and self-control.”
  After graduation, Kane had the opportunity to work with a number of wrestling programs before coming to Muscatine, including both assistant and head coach positions at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado; Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque, Iowa; Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Each of these jobs gave him opportunities to improve his skills and learn more about coaching wrestling. 
During this time, Kane’s passion for coaching wrestling continued to grow. Over the years, he observed, “the most enjoyable part of coaching is witnessing my wrestler’s growth and progress over time. Seeing the transformation of inexperienced athletes become skilled wrestlers is truly an enjoyable feeling.” He also learned how to harness the greatest challenges of coaching, which he identified as, “creating a wrestling culture in which the wrestlers and the community are excited about wrestling,” to create even more positive energy for his athletes. By the time he arrived in Muscatine, Kane had what it took to perform as a top-tier coach. 
Each year, the IWCOA chooses its coach of the year for each division by allowing every coach and official in the division to vote for the coach of their choice. Kane’s award this year shows just what a name he has made for himself and his team, and how much the coaches he competes against respect him. Though Kane knows how much work he has put into the MHS wrestling program and the results it achieved, earning the 3A Coach of the Year award still took him by surprise. He shared, “I’m proud of the honor. I was shocked to receive the honor and [simply felt] grateful that I was nominated among other coaches I respect in our district.”
 After receiving the IWCOA 3A Coach of the Year award, Kane feels more motivated than ever to help the MHS wrestling team succeed. In turn, Kane’s success will surely inspire his athletes and encourage them to continue going above and beyond in their remaining wrestling meets and tournaments this season. 

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