Coaches Hall of Fame: Beauford Haizlip

Hall of Fame – 1984

Beau Haizlip did his high school wreslting for Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs where he was a three time district champion and earned silver, bronze and fourth place medals in the State Meet. Haizlip enrolled at Iowa State and lost one match as a freshman before leaving school and being drafted into the armed forces. While in the Army he coached and wrestled on the base team and after his hitch was up returned to college. A competition ending injury sidelined Beau shortly after his return to college.

His coaching career began at Colby, Kansas where he registered a 7-10 record, had three state champions and placed 10th and fourth as a team in the two years he was there. Coach Haizlip landed at Omaha South in 1960 and has called it home ever since registering a career coaching record of 233-72-2 with four State Team Titles and “about 23” individual state champs.

Activities and honors outside the prep scene included working with several AAU and club teams and earned recogniton from the Boys Clubs of America for his service. Beau was the first active coach selected to enter the Metro Hall of Fame.

Haizlip has been an active official since his college days at all levels of competition including international action. He served on the National High School Wrestling Rules Advisory Committee, was president of the Metro Coaches Association four years and of the State Wrestling Association another four. He was also the president of the NSWCA for a year.
If you haven’t gathered it by now—”Beau knows wrestling!”

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