Inducted in 1996
Graduate of Pewaukee High School 1944, Attended U.W. - Madison 1944 –1945, Attended Milwaukee State Teachers College 1947-1948, B.A. Carroll College, Waukesha, WI 1951 Major – History, M.S. U.W. Madison 1953 Major - Physical Education/Education
Head Basketball Coach, Lincoln H.S., Ypsilanti, MI 1953-55Asst. Football Coach, Lincoln H.S., Ypsilanti, MI 1953-54Head Track coach, Lincoln H.S., Ypsilanti, MI 1954Head Basketball Coach, Monroe City H.S., Monroe City, IN 1955-56 Head Baseball Coach, Monroe City H.S., Monroe City, IN 1955-56Head Football Coach, Baugo Twp. (Jimtown) H.S., Elkhart, IN 1957-60 Head Track Coach, Baugo Twp. (Jimtown) H.S., Elkhart, IN 1957-61 Head Baseball Coach, Baugo Twp. (Jimtown) H.S., Elkhart, IN 1957-60 Asst. Basketball Coach, Baugo Twp. (Jimtown) H.S., Elkhart, IN 1956-61 Head Track Coach, South Milwaukee H.S., South Milwaukee, WI 1962-65 Asst. Football Coach, South Milwaukee H.S., South Milwaukee, WI 1961-64 Asst. Baseball Coach, California State at Los Angeles, CA 1966-69Asst. Football Coach, California State at Los Angeles, CA 1965-68Head Football Coach, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI 1969-94Head Track Coach, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI 1971-72Asst. Track Coach, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI 1970, 1973-95Head Baseball Coach, Wauwatosa East H.S., Wauwatosa, WI 198096 Coaching Seasons in 42 years.
Member of Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, Asst. Coach for South 1980 Shrine Bowl, Speaker at various football clinics, coached at various summer football camps, District Representative WFCA 1978-80, WIAA and CIF Basketball official in 1960s, WFCA District XXI Coach of the Year 1984, Milwaukee Sentinel Area Coach of the Year 1987; 1993, WFCA 35 year Service Award and Victors Award. Record at Tosa East 152-86-2. Overall Record 166-113-3.
John was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1926. He participated in football, basketball and track in high school. State Champion and Record Holder (Class C) in 200-yard dash 1944. After one semester at University of Wisconsin, he entered U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division. Made thirteen jumps but no combat. Competed athletically while in service. Played football and competed in track in college before signing minor league baseball contract in 1950 with Chicago White Sox. Played two plus seasons with various clubs in low minors before shattering his ankle.
Coaching Career Highlights: As Head Football Coach at Jimtown H.S. (IN) won rust game versus unbeaten team after losing thirteen straight. It was Jimtown's rust victory also. Later had 1st winning season at Jimtown, the smallest school in Indiana playing eleven-man football at the time. Left Jimtown to assist at South Milwaukee under Coach Spaltholz. We went 8-0 in 1961 and 7-0-1 in 1964. Went to LA. State in fall of 1965 as Assistant in Football and Baseball where we won CCAA baseball crown in 1968 and came within one out of going to College World Series. Also was Backfield Coach for last LA. State football team to have winning record 1967.
Accepted Head Football job at Wauwatosa East 1969 and the following year became Head Track Coach. In that capacity had most successful year in career 1971-72. We won first football title since 1939 and in the spring we won the State Class A Track & Field Championship as well as sweeping conference relays, conference outdoor, regional and sectional meets. We had four conference titles. and five playoff teams and twenty-one winning seasons at East. Retired from teaching in 1991 but continued to coach until 1995.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame