Adam Tirapelle is in his 15th year of coaching and 13th at the high school level with the Cougars. After coaching 2 years at the University of Illinois as a graduate assistant, Adam moved back to Fresno in 2005 and began coaching with his father at Clovis. In 12 years with the Cougars, Adam has implemented several programs and training regimens to mimic the Division I collegiate experience and improve the program at all levels. The Winner's Circle program, founded in 2005, is unique at the high school level and has become a staple of the Clovis Wrestling off-season training regimen. Since the inception of the Winner’s Circle, in the last 12 years the program has turned out 127 state qualifiers, 76 state medals, 16 state champions, 6 team state championships, and 10 consecutive Top 5 finishes.
The son of Coach Tirapelle and eldest of the Tirapelle boys, Adam was a 2x California State Champion and a 3x Division I All-American at the University of Illinois, winning the NCAA Championship in 2001. Adam was also the Athlete-Of-The-Year for Illinois in 2001 and currently is 2nd on the all-time list for both wins and pins in a career. He possesses both an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Illinois. He did his high school wrestling at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, CA and later Buchanan High School. Adam is married to wife, Kim, and has two sons, Dylan and Zachary, and a daughter, Leah.