Craig Addison has had a little bit of wrestling head coach experience since graduating in 2010 from Northwest Missouri State University, where he was a two-time All-American.

He started out as an assistant at Adrian High School and eventually become the head coach, a position held for one year. After that, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater – Smithville High School – and helped his team win a state championship in 2016. The following year, he went to be an assistant at St. Joseph Central High School and had to step in as the interim head coach midway through the season. He got a little more head coaching experience after head coach Brett Swope was away visiting his son, who had cancer.

But after the 2018 season, Addison was ready to lead his own program. And he’ll get to do that this winter as he will take over the Van Horn High School wrestling program, replacing Steve McGee, who retired after coaching more than 25 years.

“I was a head coach at Adrian, and I kind of wanted the feeling of that again,” said Addison, who was a four-time state qualifier at Smithville. “I know Van Horn has a good program, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Addison had been a coach for eight years and brings a strong resume to the Falcons, including a career-defining moment for him.

“Winning a state championship with Smithville was the most memorable for me,” Addison said. “It was their first state championship in their history. It was an awesome feeling to come out on top.”

Now that he’s at Van Horn, Addison is eager to take over a program that “had it’s most successful year in program history,” he said. The Falcons had four wrestlers qualify for the 2018 state tournament.

“It intrigued me because something positive is going on there,” Addison said. “The opportunity came knocking, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

So what are his future goals for his new team?

“I just want to build from last year,” he said. “Winning (the Crossroads Conference) is obviously a goal and to keep that going. I would like to eventually, I would like to see Van Horn finish in the top 10 (at state).”