Class of 2011
Allen Kirgan, graduated from Granite City North H.S., where he served as team captain and qualified for the IHSA State Tournament. He was a 2x Western Pacific champion and made the All-Navy Wrestling team where he won an Inter Service bronze medal in Greco- Roman over World Champion Greg Gibson.
Kirgan was a 5x All- Navy Champion in Judo and competed in 3 CISM Judo World championships. He was a 2x NJCAA National Champion and earned All- American status in the
4 year school division. In 1984 Kirgan was invited to compete in the Olympic festival where he won a bronze medal.
Coach Kirgan began his Illinois coaching career with the Granite City Wrestling Club in 1989. There he led the junior warriors to two 2nd place finishes a 3rd and 4th place finish at dual team state, multiple top 6 finishes at the individual IKWF state Tournament, Three Individual IKWF State Champions and Multiple State Place winners. In 1999 Coach Kirgan took over the Coolidge Middle School program leading the school to 5 conference titles including 4 undefeated seasons. He was named assistant coach at Granite City H.S. in 1996, were he served for two seasons. In 1998, Kirgan was named Head coach for the 1999-00 season. To date he has coached 58 State Qualifiers, 8 All-State wrestlers, won 10 Regional titles, 5 sectional titles and 6 conference titles, accumulating a career dual record of 323-44-0. In addition, coach Kirgan has coached 17 Junior and Cadet National teams, and served as head coach to the Junior National, Cadet National and Junior National Dual teams for Illinois, Coaching Numerous Cadet and Junior National Champions and All- Americans.
Coach Kirgan served on the board of the Friends of SIUE wrestling. This group was instrumental in saving the SIUE wrestling program.