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Herman Kluge - Milwaukee Lincoln / UW-Milwaukee

03/01/1986, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born January 12, 1905 in Milwaukee, WI

Graduate of Riverside High School, Milwaukee, B.A. Milwaukee Normal School, M.A. New York University

Coached football at:

Milwaukee Lincoln High School 1929-30, and
UW-Milwaukee 1931-55 - six conference championships.
Herman attended Riverside High School and excelled in football and track. He earned All-City honors in football as a guard and captained the track team. He went on to star at Milwaukee Normal School, later to be named Milwaukee State Teachers' College and currently the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Herman was named All-Conference in football as a guard and tackle for two years and captained the track team for three years.

Upon his graduation in 1928, he took a teaching job at Cudahy High School for one year and then coached football and taught at Milwaukee Lincoln High School from 1929 to 1930. In 1931, he was named a physical education instructor and head coach of football and swimming at his alma mater, then called Milwaukee State Teachers' College.

During his 25 years as football coach, he took his team to six state championships. As swimming coach for 38 years, he compiled a 145-80-1 dual meet record and was largely responsible for developing the state conference swimming program for colleges. Herm became Athletic Director in 1937 and was also named as Chairman of the Physical Education Department, holding both positions until 1969.

He retired from teaching in 1974.

Among his many awards, Herm was honored with the outstanding service award in 1955 and was one of four faculty members honored in 1966 with a Phi Kappa Phi national honor society award, received the Wisconsin State University Conference Service Award in 1970 as well as UW-Milwaukee's Distinguished Alumnus Award that same year, and earned the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Service Award in 1983.

Appropriately, Herm was the initial member inducted into UW-Milwaukee's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973. In 1985 he was inducted into the NAIA District 14 Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame