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Owen P. Evans - River Falls / Berlin / Racine Horlick

03/01/2008, 12:00am CST
By Wisconsin Sports Network

Inducted in 2008

Owen Evans was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on June 30, 1927, to William and Anne Evans. He graduated from Washington Park High School in 1945. He lettered in football, basketball, and track under the guidance of his coach, Clark VanGalder.

Owen entered the United States Navy in August of 1945. He was able to continue his football career a year later at LaCrosse State Teachers' College. Clark VanGalder was again his coach as he lettered three years and was elected to the All Confeence Team for both his junior and senior years.

After an additional year with the U.S. Navy, Owen began his teaching and coaching career at River Falls High School. As football coach, his four-year record was 25-6-1. In 1956, he moved to Berlin High School. His six-year record was 26-20-2. In 1962 he. took a job at the University of Dubuque where he served in the positions of director of athletics, department head of physical edu­cation, and head football coach. After seven years, he took the positions of assistant football coach and physical education teacher at the University of Wisconsin­Oshkosh. In 1970, Owen moved to Racine to be head football coach at William Horlick High School. His two-year record was 5-12-1. Owen served as athletic director for both Horlick High School and J. 1. Case High School, until his retirement in 1989 from the Racine Unified School District.

Owen is a member of the Washington Park High School Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the University of Wisconsin­LaCrosse Wall of Fame. He was also the president of Dubuque Optimist Club and state secretary-treasurer of the Iowa Optimist district. He served as commissioner for both the Racine Recreational Department and the City Plan Commission.

Owen is a very active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where he was baptized, confirmed, and, presently acting as ruling elder and usher. He is also well known and respected in the Racine area, as he continues to show his support at many of the high school sporting events.

Owen treasures and is thankful for his family life. It is with great pride and gratitude that Owen accepts this honor from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame