Perry’s varsity wrestling program will feature a new face at the head coach position this season. Iowa native Mark Weber will take the reins for the Bluejays in 2017. In addition, he will teach elementary physical education and assist with Perry’s middle school and high school football programs.
Weber, who grew up in Gilbertville, won the Class 1A individual state title during his senior year at Don Bosco High School in 2012 at 160 pounds. He was also part of numerous team championships at Don Bosco, including three traditional state team titles.
Weber continued his education and wrestling career in Iowa at Wartburg College, where he learned from Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Jim Miller and current Wartburg coach Eric Keller. Weber’s wrestling success continued in college; he was part of multiple championship teams at Wartburg.
As a dedicated wrestler and student, Weber graduated from Wartburg in May with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and an endorsement in secondary math education. He is now ready to contribute to the Perry School District.
“I am excited to get to know the team and do everything I can to help them get their dream, both on and off the mat,” Weber said. “My job as the head coach is to challenge them and inspire them to do more than they knew they could, and I cannot wait to be in the corner when each of them realizes that moment.”
The new coach said Perry wrestling has made some big strides the last five years, and he intends to keep the program moving in the same direction. Weber is looking forward to watching the hard work pay off for the Bluejays. He experienced the rewards of hard work first-hand while in school.
“When I graduated from college, I knew that wrestling and coaching were two things that I was most passionate about. I had been keeping my eye on schools in the metro area with successful wrestling programs, and Perry was one of them.”
Initially, Weber was set to be an assistant for former Perry coach Trevor Kittleson. However, Kittleson left his position this summer to join the coaching staff at Loras College in Dubuque. Weber saw an opportunity to help continue the culture and success that Kittleson created at Perry.
“After talking with the current assistant coaches, I quickly realized that I would have the support that I needed to lead the team and program,” Weber said. “After coming from two programs with rich history and success, I really want to instill that same culture where I go, and Perry is that place.”
Weber was fortunate to have a great support system while navigating the path that led him to head wrestling coach at Perry. He gave credit to his family and his girlfriend, Tori, for the “constant love and support through every twist and turn the last few years.”
“Last, I want to give credit to all of the coaches and mentors in my life up to this point,” Weber said. “Every single coach and teacher I have had, in every sport and class, has played a significant role in shaping me into the person that I am today.”