Inducted in 2001
Wally graduated from Homestead High School in 1965 where he participated in football, basketball, wrestling and track. Honors include: All-Conference Football in 1962, '63 and '64 All-State in 1963 and '64. Conference Wrestling Champion 1965. Participated on State Championship Track teams; in 1963 and '64. Member of the National Honor Society.
Wally attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1965- 70 and graduated with Honors earning his Master of Science Degree in 1974. He played football for the University from 1965-1968. College Honors include: Academic All-Big Ten Team 1967 and '68, Captain of the 1968 team. Madison Mustangs Rookie of the year 1970.
Wally's teaching career began in 1969 at Madison Memorial where he has remained for the past 32 years. He is a Physical Education Instructor and was Chairman of the PE Department from 1976-'85. He has developed many innovative programs during his career. They include courses for Special Needs Students, At-Risk students, Intermediate Weight Training, Advanced Weight Training and Exercise Physiology. He received the Unsung Hero Award from the Memorial Faculty in 1985 and the Staff Curriculum Development Award in 1995. The MMSD awarded him “The Distinguished Service Award” in 1986.
Wally began his career as assistant coach in football, wrestling and track. He was assistant football coach 1969-1974, assistant wrestling coach 1969-1974, assistant track coach 1969-1973, Freshman Boys Basketball coach 1981-1994. He became Head Football coach in 1975 and continued in that capacity until 1997, his record was 114-98 with Conference Championships in 1978, '79, '82, '84. He took three teams to the State Tournament finishing Runner-up in 1978 and 1984. He was District Coach of the Year in 1978, 1982 and 1984. He received a 20-year Service Award from WFCA in 1993 along with his 100th Victors Award. Wally was named to the Gatorade "Coaches Care Honor Role" in 1996 and received a Certificate of Merit from "The Interscholastic Athletic Administration Magazine" for dedication to the coaching profession in 1998.
Wally is a member of the NSCA, WEA, NEA and WFCA.
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