Inducted in 1996
Graduated from Harvard Community High School June 1943, B.S. Carthage College, Carthage, IL, Physical Education, 1952, Master's Degree, University of Colorado, Physical Education, 1958
Played football and basketball. Played end on the 1941 undefeated North Six Conference Championship football team.
Drafted into the army and served as a rifleman in World War II in Europe-C Company, 411th Regiment, 1O3rd Infantry Division. Wounded while attacking a bunker in the Siegfried Line and received the Purple Heart. Discharged December, 1945. Played two years of football for the Wal-Tana town team which was sponsored by the American Legion. Enrolled at Carthage College at Carthage, Illinois, Fall, 1948. Played football there and lettered three years--also lettered in basketball. Married Pat Meyer whom he met at Carthage. In 1952 he went to Goodman, Wisconsin, as a physical education teacher and head football, basketball and track/baseball coach. The 1952 football team went undefeated and became M & 0 Conference champions.
After three years there he moved to Shiocton, Wisconsin, as physical education teacher and head football, basketball and track coach. The 1955 football team record there was 4-3, which was the best record to that date. In 1957 he began a tenure in Sauk City as a physical education teacher and head football, basketball and baseball coach. That football team usually finished second, behind Dick Trotta's Waunakee team.
The Sauk City basketball team won the 1959-60 Tri-County championship. The 1963 Sauk City baseball team tied with Prairie du Sac and Waunakee for the conference championship. Sank Prairie, the newly consolidated district of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac, joined the South Central Conference in 1964. The first year Gene was the freshmen football coach. Then he was the defensive coordinator through 1983. Sauk went undefeated in 1969, when Roger Moe was the head coach. Later Scott Seeliger took over as head coach, and they went undefeated in 1975, the closest game being, a 7-6 win over Baraboo.
In its second year of participation, the 1975-76 season, the girls' basketball team won the conference championship. Also about this time Gene became Athletic Director, a position he stayed with until 1991. Paul Jesberger became head football coach, and in 1981 Sank won their first championship in the Badger Conference. In order to do that, they had to defeat Dick Rundle's Monona Grove team, at Monona Grove.
ORGANIZATIONS AND AWARDS:
Wisconsin Football Coaches Association-30-year service award Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association
Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association--received 25-year service award Baraboo Elks Club Athletic Director of the Year Award 1986
Sank Prairie Booster Club
Recognition plaque for all the years of dedication to the youth of Sauk Prairie
Sank Prairie School District award in appreciation of 30 years of inspiration service, dedication and humor to Sank Prairie athletes
Sank Prairie School Board award - 32 yrs. of service
Tag(s): Hall of Fame