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Two more Liberty hires

Duo to lead the Lightning on the mats

North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY— Principal and acting Athletic Director Scott Kibby continues to add staff to the roster of Liberty High School in North Liberty, which is set to open in August. Kibby announced via Twitter Thursday, May 11, two more coaches joined the athletic ranks of The Liberty Lightning.
“Co-Head Wrestling coaches have been hired!” Kibby tweeted. “Tom Van Dyke and Joe Williams will be leading the Liberty Lightning Wrestling Team!”
Van Dyke, currently an assistant coach for Iowa City West High, is on the teaching staff in physical education, while Williams runs Williams Training Academy for young wrestlers in club or high school programs (including AAU and USA wrestling programs).
Van Dyke was the head coach at Red Oak and Griswold for eight years, in addition to his five years at West High. Kibby added Van Dyke was an All-State football player and State Champion heavy weight wrestler for Clarke Community Schools in Osceola.
Williams, a four-time Illinois State High School Champion and ten-time National Freestyle Champion, wrestled for legendary coach Dan Gable at the University of Iowa in the 1990s. He earned All-American honors, including three NCAA titles in 1995, 1997 and 1998. He also was on six World Teams including the 2004 Olympic team. Williams earned bronze medals for the U.S. in 2001 and 2005, and coached wrestling at the U of I.
Liberty High will have Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity wrestling in the 2017-2018 academic year, as an independent school, not affiliated with any athletic conference. The Liberty Lightning will join the Mississippi Division of the Mississippi Valley Conference in the 2018-2019 school year.