Waverly wrestling coaching legend Jim McCloe dies at 69
August 22, 2020


Jim McCloe, one of the winningest high school wrestling coaches in New York state history, has died at age 69.

The longtime Waverly High School head coach died Aug. 17 at home in Williamsburg, Virginia, according to his obituary. He had been battling an aggressive form of cancer.

McCloe retired from coaching after the 2006-07 season. Over 32 seasons, he guided Waverly to two small-school state titles, 14 Section 4 team championships and seven sectional runner-up finishes. He finished with 435 coaching victories, which at the time ranked first in Section 4 wrestling history and seventh in New York state history. Vestal's Tony Policare passed McCloe for the Section 4 wins record in 2014.