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Harold A. "Hal" Metzen - Markesan / Lake Mills / Wisconsin HS (Madison)

03/01/1993, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Born February 25, 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Graduate of Milwaukee Washington High School BS Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison MS Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison

Coached football at:

Berlin High School 1952;
Milwaukee Rufus King High School 1953-59; and
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1960-70.
His high School record was 43 wins, 18 losses, ties, three conference championships, and 1 undefeated sBorn May 14,1916 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Graduate of Milwaukee Washington High School, BS Degree from UW-Madison, MS Degree from UW-Madison, Post Graduate - Indiana University,

Coached football at:

Markesan High School 940-42;
Lake Mills High School 1942-43; and
Wisconsin High School (Madison) 1946-62.
His record was 83 wins, 54 losses, 7 ties, and three Conference Championships.

Hal graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. At the University of Wisconsin Hal played football and was on the track and golf teams.

After graduation from college he started his coaching career at Markesan High School where he started 8-man football and coached basketball. Hal moved to Lake Mills in 1942, where his football team won a championship.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army and served until 1946. During this World War II period he organized and conducted athletic programs at military bases and rehabilitation programs at military hospitals.

After military service, Hal took a teaching position at the University of Wisconsin where he served on the physical education staff from 1946 to 1962. Fifty percent of that assignment was to serve as athletic director and coach at Wisconsin High School. During that period his football teams won 74 games, lost 49 and tied 5, winning two conference championships. This record is enviable considering that Wisconsin High was only half the size of the next smallest school in the conference.

In basketball Hal's teams won 267 games and lost 151 in 19 years, winning 5 championships. His volleyball teams won 12 conference championships and three state championships. In golf his teams won 15 championships and two state titles. Hal was a member of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association for 30 years. He was instrumental in initiating action, which eventually led to the WlAA recognizing and approving the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Association. He served 16 years as director of the Coaches Clinic held at UW-Madison.

Probably his biggest contribution was to the countless young men who he supervised and counseled as beginning teachers and coaches. Because of his influence many of these men have gone on to successful and rewarding careers.

Hal was a member of the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for 40 years, Wisconsin High School Coaches Association Board Member, President of the Southern Wisconsin Officials Association, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Golf Foundation, member of the Zor Shrine and National Sports Foundation Board. He is a member of the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Madison Sports Hall of Fame, 1991 Shriner of the Year. He received the National Sports Foundation Gold Medal and was Coach of the Year 6 times in the City of Madison. Hal’s is an outstanding candidate and an honor long overdue.

Wally graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School where he was captain of the team his senior year under Coach Lisle Blackbourn. Wally then went to the University of Wisconsin and played on the freshmen team before going to Michigan with the Marine Corps reserves. At Michigan he played on a championship team.

Wally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served for three years in Okinawa during World War II.

After the war he returned to Madison where he played football from 1946-48. He was captain of the team in 1948, and also played in the Blue-Gray post-season game.

In 1949, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears and Coach George Halas. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1950 and played for two years under coach Gene Ronzani.

Wally's football coaching career started at Berlin High School in 1952. That year he took a team that hadn't won a game in three years and coached it to four victories. He also coached basketball at Berlin. He then moved to Milwaukee Rufus King. At King he won city championships in 1955, 1956 and 1958. Wally's teams were undefeated in state play for 15 straight games between 1957 and 1959.

In 1960, Wally was named Head Football Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He coached football until 1971, and retired as Associate Professor of Physical Education and Human Kinetics in 1988.

Over the years Wally has been active in both professional and volunteer organizations. He was Vice President of the Milwaukee Coach's Association, member of the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Wisconsin Coaches Association and Phi Epsilon Kappa. In 1976, Wally received a teaching award from the Wisconsin Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He was also a member of the AAHPER and the American Football Coaches Association. Wally has been an American Red Cross volunteer for over 35 years and is a first aid and CPR instructor. Hundreds of Wally's players and students are now physical education teachers and coaches in our state and across the country.

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