Meet the Coaching Team
Joe Williams, a 10-time national freestyle champion and a two-time Pan American Games champion has been named coach of the Liberty Wrestling Program. One of American wrestling's more decorated athletes, Williams is a 3x NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and finished fifth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and has a pair of world bronze medals to his credit. Joe is excited to be the liaison between the youth club, middle school team and high school program and help build the Liberty Wrestling Community.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Louis grew up in Libertyville Illinois, and went to Libertyville High School where he wrestled and played baseball. He was a state qualifier in wrestling in high school with 125 career wins. Louis then continued his wrestling career at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He was a four year Varsity letter winner at Luther and was earned the designation of Scholar All-American during his senior year. Louis studied elementary education at Luther and graduated in 2013. He spent his first two years teaching in Bettendorf Iowa, and have spent the past three years teaching in Williamsburg Iowa. Louis met his wife at Luther, and have now been married for two years. They live in North Liberty. Louis coached varsity wrestling in Illinois while he was doing his student teaching. He loved being back on the mat and helping student athletes grow! He is very excited to continue to help the wrestlers at Liberty High School achieve their goals!
Chris believes in the quote, “Hard work picks up where talent leaves off.” He embodies this quote in everything he does from his daily work schedule, to the dedication he commits to wrestling. He was a four-year member of his high school wrestling team at Olgivie High School in Minnesota. Chris s a state champion in 2007 and 2008, as well as a three time conference champ, and three time Section 6 champ. For the past two years, Chris has been a custodian in the Iowa City Community School District serving Weber and now Liberty High School. He lives in Tiffin with his wife, Keeley, who is a fifth grade teacher at Twain Elementary. Chris is excited about the positive attitude of the coaches and students at Liberty, as well as a great team atmosphere. He looks forward to a year of growth, success and celebration and is proud to be part of the Liberty Lightning wrestling family!