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Earl J. Wilke - Stoughton / Madison Edgewood

03/01/1980, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born May 28, 1901 in Marinette, WI

Attended Marinette High School and South Division in Milwaukee Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison

Coached at Stoughton High School in 1927-28, Edgewood High School in Madison as head football coach from 1929-1965

Coached Football 39 years, Won 202, Lost 69, Tied 19

Coach Wilke had 9 undefeated seasons. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin and was a center in the East-West Shrine Game in 1927. At Edgewood Earl Wilke also coached basketball and his teams won 374 games and lost 124 from 1929 to 1958.

In 1968 Mr. Wilke was inducted into Madison's Hall of Fame. That same year he was Madison Service Clubs Mr. Olympics. In 1973 the WISAA chose Earl Wilke as their Man of the year. In 1963 he was Madison's Sportsman of the Year. In a special tribute the Edgewood High School gymnasium has been named after Earl Wilke.

In his great career Mr. Wilke has spent fifty years at Edgewood full time and part time.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame