Meet the Coaches
Meet the Coaches:
Ryan Bird, Head Coach
I graduated HS from Oak Grove High School, in 2001. In that time, I was a 2 time State Qualifier and a State Finalist in 2001. I was a member of 2 State Championship wrestling teams and 2 team Runner-Up finishes, while also competing on the football and golf teams. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri 2007, with a BS in Elementary Education. I have also completed a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from William Woods University. This is my 12th year in education and 13th season coaching wrestling. My previous coaching stops were at Warrensburg HS, during my student teaching, 2 years at Raytown HS, 5 years in Pleasant Hill and the last 5 years at EHS. I am married to Julie Bird, a fellow educator. We have two children, Brantley and Annabelle.
Joe Herman, Assistant Coach
I am a 2004 graduate of Oak Grove High School. I qualified for the MSHSAA State Wrestling Tournament as a senior and was a member of 2 State Championship wrestling teams. I graduated from the University of Central MO, with a degree in Corporate Fitness, in December of 2009. I have had coaching stops at Holden High School for 4.5 seasons, Camdenton for 4 years, 2 as a head coach. This my 4th season with the Mustangs.
Joe Drake, Assistant Coach
A graduate of Maryville High School. Joe wrestled for 4 years at UCM, before starting coaching at Holden High School. He also had a coaching stop in Camdenton before coming to Eldon. He is in his 4th year with the program.