Drew Kelly had heard about North Scott's wrestling tradition and seen some in person. When it came to visiting Eldridge, as someone who grew up in a small Iowa community, it was like visiting home.
North Scott selected Kelly to be its new wrestling coach Friday. He will be approved at the next school board meeting.
Kelly will teach P.E. and will be an at-risk teacher. He replaced Eugene Kreiter, who stepped down to spend more time with his family at the end of March.
"It's a great community with great people," Kelly said. "When I was down there the support for their schools and athletics was very clear."
Kelly was a three-time state champion during his time at Charles City High School, from 1997 to 1999. He wrestled at Northern Iowa where he was an NCAA qualifier.
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Kelly has coached at Ames since 2008. His best team finish was in 2011, when his squad finished 10th as a team in the traditional team race. The best individual finish during his time was Jake Agnitsch, who was second to Urbandale's Colby Knight in 2011 at 112 pounds.
"It provided me an opportunity to put my family in one spot and in a community where we feel we're part of something," Kelly said.
North Scott athletic director Jason Schroeder said he liked what he heard out of Kelly in terms of both athletics and academics during the interview process.
Schroeder said Kelly's desire to have his wrestlers also compete in other sports was a major factor in his decision.
"He'll do anything for his kids," Schroeder said. "I can't say one bad thing about him. His kids are going to love him."