Chicago – St. Rita High School athletic director Roshawn Russell, M.B.M., '08
announced today that John Anderson '12 has been appointed to the position of head
wresting coach of the 114-year-old institution.
John (Johnny) Anderson '12 grew up in Tinley Park, Ill. He began his wrestling career at
the age of six, competing for the Orland Park Pioneers. Following Anderson's fifth grade
year, he wrestled for the Tinley Park Bulldogs, where he was a placer in several of the
IKWF elite tournaments, two-time state qualifier, team captain, and two-time recipient of
the Tinley Park Bulldog's Tom Shine Award, for his hard work and dedication to the
sport of wrestling.
Following his eighth grade graduation from Summit Hill Junior High School in
Frankfort, Ill., Anderson attended St. Rita of Cascia High School, where he competed for
four years under Dan Manzella '03. While at St. Rita, Anderson was a two-time state
qualifier, sectional champion, two-time regional champion, Chicago Catholic League
runner-up, Al Dvorak Invitational place winner, Geneseo Invitational runner-up, Illini-
Classic champion, and one of St. Rita's all-time pin leaders. During the off-seasons,
Anderson was a freestyle state runner-up, three-time freestyle state placer, three-time
Greco-Roman place winner, and AAU Folkstyle World Championships runner-up.
Anderson also served as a Kairos Retreat Leader for St. Rita (#105). He then went on to
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, where he earned a bachelor degree in English
in Fall 2017 and wrestled two years for the Cougars before his career was shortened due
to injury. This did not stop Anderson from staying involved in the sport of wrestling.
Following his competitive career, he began coaching for Collinsville High School and the
Junior Kahoks IKWF program, where he assisted I.W.C.O.A. Hall of Fame Coach Tom
Blaha. During his three years as an assistant coach, Anderson helped produce
Collinsville's first state placer in seven years and has helped grown their IKWF program
from roughly 30 to 78 wrestlers.
After the announcement, Anderson commented, "I'm ecstatic about returning to St. Rita
and the south side of Chicago," said Anderson. "I will use all that I've learned on and off
the mat to help drive the Mustangs to the top. My goal is to produce great student-
athletes, and also the next leaders of tomorrow!"
Russell added, "St. Rita wrestling has a proud and successful history. The family
atmosphere at St. Rita is second-to-none. John Anderson already understands our culture.
I know John Anderson is the best man to lead the program into the future. His positive
energy, combined with his wrestling and coaching experience give him a specific skill set
that will serve him well as he coaches and mentors our wrestlers. We are thrilled to
welcome John back to campus."
About St. Rita High School
St. Rita High School is a college-preparatory, Augustinian Catholic high school located
on a beautiful 37-acre campus at 7740 S. Western Avenue on Chicago's south side. The
all-boys St. Rita has a 114-year old tradition and legacy, is over 24,000 alumni strong and
offers 15 athletic teams competing in the Chicago Catholic League and 30 clubs and