JUNIOR TIGER WRESTLING CLUB: Jr. Tiger State Champs & Coaching Staff

Monday, September 27
Junior Tiger Coaching Staff
Dave Felts
Coach Dave Felts

Head Coach Dave Felts

Dave has been actively involved in coaching the Junior Tigers for eight years.  He is our Head Coach and Program Director.  He is certified to coach both AAU and USA wrestling events.  Dave wrestled for Lindbergh High School as a teenager.  He went on to wrestle at Meremac Community College and Central Missouri State University.  Dave brings his passion for the sport to every practice.  He has a wealth of knowledge about the sport that he passes along to our wrestlers.  He believes in the merits of conditiong and the mastery of basic techniques. 

Coach Kris Whelan
Kris Whelan

Coach Kris Whelan

We are excited to welcome Coach Whelan to our club this season.  His extensive coaching background makes him a valuable addition to the coaching staff.   Coach Whelan has been involved in the sports of wrestling and judo for over forty years.  As a competitor he had a stellar career by not only winning state titles in Illinois, but was also a five time finalist and four time Jr. National Champion (three time Greco and first and second in freestyle) in Fargo.  At the age of fifteen, he was an alternate (third man) on the United States Olympic Greco Team.  He was also a Judo National Champion and holds a third dergee black belt in Judo.  As a coach for over twenty-five years, he has coached all levels of the sport of wrestling.  At the grassroots level, he was responsible for the Northwest Region of England where he coached numerous Cadets and Jr. World standouts at the international level.  He was also the National Coach for both men and women's freestyle team in Great Britain from 1994 to 1997.  On the college level Coach Whelan was the Head Assistant Coach at the University of Missouri where he produced eight Division I All-Americans.  Now at the high school level, Whelan has produced numerous state place winners and State Champions at Hazelwood Central High School, Cahokia High School, Althoff High School, and currently at Granite City High School.  For the past twelve years he has brought the best of the best to the St. Louis area to teach at his Nation's Best Academy.  He was also the former Head Coach at SIUE from 2004-2007.  Coach Whelan was a Division I, two time All-American and Midlands Champion at the University of Missouri.  He was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001.