Ex-Clover coach Kiley inducted into HOF

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Cloverdale athletic director J.J. Wade (right) presented a plaque to former Clover wrestling coach Dave Kiley at Friday night’s basketball game honoring him for his successful coaching career.
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Dave Kiley, the leader of unquestionably the most successful athletic reign in Cloverdale High School history, was honored Sunday with induction into the Indiana HIgh School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Kiley directed the Clover wrestling program for 27 years, from the 1974-75 season through the 2000-01 campaign.

His teams compiled a dual-meet record of 204-144-7, and won 14 Putnam County championships and 15 sectional championships.

Included in those numbers was a run from the 1987-88 season through 1997-98 when the Clovers won county and sectional championships for 11 straight years — although the 1990-91 county title was forfeited due to an ineligible participant.

Under Kiley’s leadership, the Clovers stand tied for 49th with most overall sectional titles for their 15 championships.

Evansville Mater Dei leads the list with 48 titles, including a current string of 42 straight..

He taught at Cloverdale for 40 years.

Longtime Cloverdale wrestling coach Dave Kiley (seated, second from right) had 67 former team members and other supporters on hand for his induction into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 18.
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  • What a wonderful honor! Dave is a very, very special man who had a great influence on students at CHS. He is a model of integrity for all.

    -- Posted by busyb623 on Fri, Feb 23, 2018, at 9:04 AM
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