Jack was born on December 27, 1948 to Bud and Barbara Curtis. He shared life with a younger brother and two older sisters. He graduated in 1967 from Viroqua High School. Jack lettered in football, basketball, and baseball serving as co-captain of the basketball team and earning honorable mention of the South Central Conference.
While in junior high school, Jack provided coaching assistance for a little league baseball team. This brief experience and the enjoyment of playing high school athletics fostered a passion to pursue a future as a teacher and coach. He attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and graduated in November of 1972 with a degree in Elementary Education.
In August of 1973, Jack was hired as a fifth grade teacher and junior high basketball coach for the Elk Mound School District. The following fall he joined the football staff of Head Coach Dan Pedersen. He primarily coached wide receivers and defensive backs in addition to calling defensive signals on game days. During his twenty-nine year stint, Elk Mound won ten Conference Championships and earned playoff appearances twelve times. The Mounders finished second place in the State Playoffs three times in 1989, 1990, and 1992. The football team reached notable distinction achieving a perfect conference record from 1989 through 1993. Jack coached the defensive backs for the winning 1995 North Squad at the Wisconsin High School Shrine Game. He also coached freshmen football in 2001 for the Eau Claire North program under the direction of Head Coach, John Phelps.
Jack coached basketball for thirty-three years at Elk Mound. In 1979 he joined Head Basketball Coach Dan Pedersen’s staff as a junior varsity coach. His junior varsity record of 255-151 spanned twenty-one years. The Elk Mound Basketball Team won ten Conference titles and finished second at State competition in 1987 and 1994.
Jack values the coaches that contributed to his success. A special appreciation is attributed to Coach Dan Pedersen, whom Jack feels taught him so much about the games of football and basketball. He is honored to be joining Dan in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.