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Wade Labecki - Baldwin-Woodville

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

Inducted in 2008

Wade Labecki attended Thomas More High School in Milwaukee where he played tight end, won the state championship, and was coached by Jim Haluska. He graduated in 1982.

An eye injury put an end to Labecki's playing hopes at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Instead, he worked for UW-Eau Claire Head Coach Link Walker as head equipment manager, then student assistant coach. After graduating in 1987, Labecki was hired by Baldwin-Woodville as a business teacher and assistant football coach.

That year B-W won the conference and Division Four state titles. He was named head coach the following year.

Over the 17 years Coach Labecki was head coach for the B-W football program, he had the following accomplishments:

Overall record: 108-63
Conference record: 65-39
Five conference championships
1992 WIAA State Championship
1994 WIAA State Runners-up
Qualified for the WIAA playoffs ten times
Elected WFCA president: 2000-2003
Elected to WIAA Advisory Council in 2008
Five All-State and five All-State Honorable Mention players
Five All-Star players
Two Academic All-State players
Green Bay Packer Coach of the Week in 2002
Coached in the 2000 Shrine game
All-District Coach 1988, 1992
Seven quarterbacks who threw for over 1,000 yards
Five running backs who ran for over 1,000 yards
A receiver who caught passes for over 1,000 yards twice

Labecki has coached baseball, freshmen girls basketball, and hockey. His baseball teams captured two conference championships and his record was 122-55-1. He was the first B-W coach to win 100 games in two sports.

In July of 2000 Labecki was named B-W's athletic director and moved to administration in 2006. Labecki earned a master's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in 2000. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Education. In 2009, Labecki was hired as the WIAA Deputy Director.

Coach Labecki is proud of the fact that he is one of a very few who has been a member of a team that won state championships as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

He is also proud that a number of the coaches he has been associated with during his football career have been named to the WFCA Hall of Fame: high school coach Jim Haluska, former B-W Head Coach Jack Scholz, UW-Eau Claire's Link Walker, and B­W assistant coach Don Nelson.

Tag(s): Hall of Fame