“We strive to guide, educate and mentor our student-athletes to believe that self-discipline, teamwork, loyalty and a good work ethic will not only elevate their athletic skills, but more importantly, assist them in life.” Issaquah Wrestling Handbook
In his 19th year as Head Coach for the IHS wrestling team, Coach Hyatt has coached wrestling for 27 successful years. An Issaquah High alum himself, he was the KingCo champion in his weight class in 1974.
Hyatt’s dual meet record is 178-38 and his Eagle teams have earned KingCo League Championships five times and KingCo Tournament Championships eight times. Hyatt has coached:
- 226 KingCo Placers
- 43 KingCo Champions
- 72 Regional Placers
- 9 Region Champions
- 85 State Participants
- 18 State Placers
- 1 State Champion
In addition to excellence on the mat, Coach Hyatt’s wrestlers have excelled academically. Hyatt’s Eagles have received:
- 86 Academic All -State Honorable Mentions
- 10 Academic All-State Champions
- 1 Outstanding Scholastic Team Honor (3.5 GPA or Higher for Entire Team)
- 9 Academic All-State Distinguished Team Honors (3.0 GPA or Higher for Entire Team)
Coach Hamilton has been a key part of the Eagle’s coaching staff for the past nine years. Prior to Issaquah High, he coached wrestling for two years in Elmira, New York.
Coach Hamilton has seven years’ experience as a successful wrestler himself with a 54-1-1 high school record. He was also a two-time New York state Regional 2nd place winner.
Coach Joe is a first-year coach for the Eagles. He has previously coached at Bellevue Christian High School. Coach Joe is an Issaquah native, where he wrestled at Pine Lake Middle School and Issaquah High and later, participated in club wrestling at the UW.
While wrestling for the Eagles in high school, Coach Joe placed 2nd at KingCo at 189 lbs in 2007 and was the Academic State Champion in 2006 and 2007.
Coach Brown has been coaching the Eagles as an assistant and volunteer coach since 1996. He has 42 years coaching experience and 53 years wrestling experience, which includes coaching the last five years at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Prior to Issaquah High, he coached wrestling in Spokane, WA, Concord, CA and at Liberty High School.
Coach Brown started wrestling at age 10 and earned wrestling scholarships to North Idaho College (NIC) and Eastern Washington University (EWU). He was a member of three national NAIA championship teams—two at NIC and one at EWU (the first national championship for any sport at EWU). Coach Brown is a member of the EWU Hall of Fame.
Coach Brown is a two-time KingCo League “Assistant Coach of the Year.” He has also received the Pacific Northwest Wrestling Officials Association’s “Distinguished Service” award.
Coach Brown is in his second year coaching wrestling at IHS. He wrestled all four years in high school, culminating with an undefeated senior year and taking 3rd place at the State Championship.
Coach Brown has a competitive passion for wrestling. His hope is that each wrestler takes what they learn on the mat and applies it to their lives: hard work, tenacity and the never-quit attitude.
Coach Brown’s favorite quote is all about being tenacious and never giving up on your dreams: “The first period is won by the best technician. The second period is won by the kid in the best shape. The third period is won by the kid with the biggest heart.” —Dan Gable
This is Coach Malone’s first year coaching with the IHS wrestling program. He previously coached for three years at Mt. Spokane High School where he also wrestled as a student-athlete during his high school years. Coach Malone has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach for middle-school to college-age athletes.
He is excited to be back coaching in the wrestling room because he enjoys mentoring and teaching student-athletes every chance he can get.
Coach Santos is in his first year coaching wrestling at IHS. He wrestled during high school in
New York where he was the team captain for two years and had a winning record the last three years of his high school wrestling career.
Outside of wrestling, Coach Santos has been involved in coaching youth baseball for five years and enjoys biking, weight training and overall exercise