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Tom Taraska - Arrowhead / Franklin

03/01/2004, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network


Inducted in 2004

Born January 3, 1952 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Graduate of West Allis Hale High School Bachelor's Degree from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, 1975 Master's Degree from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1992.

Tom attended West Allis Hale High School where he participated in football and track. At UW­Oshkosh, he was a member of the varsity football team for four years. His sophomore year, the Titans won the Conference Football Championship and the follow­ing year Tom met his wife, Sue, who was a member of the UW-Oshkosh Pom Pon squad. From 1975-1981 he coached football at Franklin, the last four years as the head football coach.

In 1982 Tom became the head football coach and a physical education teacher at Arrowhead High School. Tom's Arrowhead teams have won 3 State Football Championships in 1993, 1994 and 1996. They also have been the State Championship Runner-up team 3 times in 2000, 2002, and 2003. Certainly Arrowhead's 6 State Championship game appearances in the last 11 years highlight Tom's outstanding football career. His teams have qualified for the state playoffs 13 times and have claimed 7 conference football championships.

Tom's Head football coach record was - Arrowhead High School 1982 ­ present; Head football coach - Franklin High School, 1978-1981 Record of 193 wins and 82 losses.

Tom is a 4-time Waukesha Freeman Coach of the Year, a 3-time Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Coach of the Year, a 3-time WFCA District Coach of the Year, a 2-time Classic 8 Conference Coach of the Year, and a Green Bay Packer NFL High School Coach of the Week award winner. Tom was a member of the South Shrine All-Star coaching staff in 1986 and 1993. He has coached 7 State Player of the Year award winners and his former Arrowhead players have gone on to win an NFL World Championship Super Bowl ring, 6 Rose Bowl rings, a Fiesta Bowl ring, an Orange Bowl ring and many other awards.

In 1996, Tom had an article published in the National High School Football Manual. He has been a guest speaker at the Universities of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, and Michigan football clinics. Tom's Arrowhead teams have also received national recognition for their outstanding play over the years. The Sporting News football magazine and Student Sports magazine have ranked the Warhawks among the nation's top 50 high school teams. Street and Smiths football magazine on three different occasions listed Arrowhead as one of their top 25 high school teams in America to watch. Fox Sports Network extended an original invitation to Arrowhead to be part of their Fox Fab 50 teams in America selected to compete for the National High School Football Championship.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame