Class of 2023

Champaign (Centennial) Coach

Mr. Ed Mears was a decorated three sport athlete for the Golden Warriors of Sterling High School. He wrestled for IWCOA Hall of Fame coach Carson DeJarnett.

The Dual meet squad from his senior campaign (77-78) is a proud member of the Sterling HOF.

After playing baseball in college, Ed started his professional career by giving 10 years of service to young children in central Illinois.

In 1996, Ed caught the bug to come back to the mats and he became the Head coach at Champaign Centennial. Over the next 30 years; Ed coached the Chargers to over 300 dual meet wins, over 20 state qualifiers; and a two-time state champion as well as an additional finalist.

He is extremely proud of how his wrestlers have turned out in life. At the same time, one of his most cherished memories goes back to his high school senior season. His coach took a 10 am home dual vs. Dekalb and turned it into a Saturday dual in which the town of Sterling packed the gym. With that hometown support, the Golden Warriors upset DeKalb and went on to finish their season undefeated.

Off the mats, Ed coached both football and baseball.

Congratulations to Ed and his family.