Mustang Coaching Staff

Coach Walt Holmes

Coach Holmes has been at Houston High School since the 1997-98 season.  Previously he was the head coach at Kirby High School.  At Kirby, he coached 4 state champions, 5 state runners-up and 1 multiple All-American.  One of his wrestlers has gone on to win the Armed Forces National Championship.  His 1993 team finished 3rd in the dual meet state.  Since he has been at Houston, the Mustangs have grown into a respected program.  Houston has won the 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, and 2011 regional tournaments and the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2011 dual meet regionals.  In 2001, the Mustangs placed 4th in the dual meet state and 10th in the individual state tournament.  In 2005, Houston placed 10th in the individual state tournament and had its first State Champion, Luke Borneman.  At Houston, he has coached 19 state placers with 3 state champions and 4 state finalists.  He has also coached 2 All-Americans at Houston.  With Houston's victory over Arlington on 11/23/2011, Coach Holmes reached his 300th dual meet victory.  In 2009 Walt Holmes was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.



Coach Joseph Honan

Coach Honan was a 4 year member of the Houston wrestling program.  He was a 2012 graduate of Houston High School.  As a wrestler at Houston, he was a 2 time state qualifier, 2 time Region X champion, and also the 2012 Kyle Kiihnl Award winner.


Coach Don McArthur

Coach McArthur wrestled in high school and college in Rhode Island before becoming an assistant coach  at Bowdoin College in Maine where he coached an All American wrestler.  He also coached 6 years at Collierville High School and 3 Years at Briarcrest.  He has been a member of the Houston staff for 2 years, coaching 2 state Champs, a state runner-up and multiple medalists.

Coach Mike Irby

Coach Irby has been a coach at Houston since 1995, winning 6 State titles along with 2 National Champions in Soccer.  Coach Irby brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to the wrestling program.  As a member of the wrestling staff, he has been part of a region title in 2011 and runner-ups in 2010 and 2014, along with a State Champion and State medalist