Pendleton Heights wrestling head coach, Dave Cloud has been elected to the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Cloud will be inducted at a ceremony in 2019. Cloud has been the head wrestling coach at Pendleton Heights for 32 seasons. Cloud also coached at South Dearborn and Anderson Madison Heights before returning to his high school alma mater.
During his tenure at Pendleton Heights, Cloud has led teams to much success. Cloud’s teams have won 13 Madison County Championships, multiple conference titles including 3 in the always competitive Hoosier Heritage Conference, 16 IHSAA Sectional championships and one IHSAA Regional title.
Coach Cloud has had multiple individuals advance in the state tournament during his tenure. Cloud has coached dozens of athletes to Sectional and Regional crowns, 3 champs at the Semi-State level, and 2 IHSAA State Champions. He also coached individuals to state runner-up finishes (2), 4th place (1), 5th place (1), 6th place (2), and 8th place (1). In all, 23 wrestlers have qualified to wrestle at the IHSAA State Finals.
Over the years, not only has Coach Cloud mentored young men and women in his wrestling program but he has also served as a mentor to many young assistant coaches with sights set on becoming a head coach one day. Many of his coaches have went on to run their own wrestling programs and will routinely reach out to Coach Cloud for advice. One of those people who thrived under Coach Cloud’s leadership and now works closely with Cloud as a Pendleton Heights assistant coach is Katie Kriebel. She feels the honor is well-deserved. “Coach Cloud’s fellow coaches and I all know this induction into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame is long overdue. His stats speak for themselves, but his bigger impact is shown through the young wrestlers he taught and the many coaches he has mentored over the years.”
Chad Smith, Athletic Director at Pendleton Heights is proud to see another PHHS coach enter their respective Hall of Fame. “Coach Cloud is not just a valued member of our school, he is a valued member of our community. The amount of impact he has had over the past three decades cannot be measured. I’m thrilled for Coach Cloud and proud to call him a friend.”