Hall of Fame – 1991
When a coach can come into a community where he gives dedication and loyalty to wrestling, moves on, repeats the pattern, retires and gathers a following from all those communities and lives he touched, it is a real indication of the confidence, pride, and friendship this man inspires in others. Meet Bill Morrison!
Bill was completing his student teaching assignment in Lusk, Wyoming in 1965 when he was hired by the school system to coach wrestling. He was there one year and then in the next few years made several moves in the coaching field which included O’Neill, Fremont Bergan, Oakland-Craig, Wayne State College and Ainsworth. His coaching record boasts 108 wins and 17 losses. He has had 17 State Champs. His teams were runners-up three times but he never captured the State Crown.
Not confining his talents to the parameters of the school system, he served as chairman of the Nebraska High School Wrestling Federation from 1972 to 1974. He was also secretary of the National High School Wrestling Federation at the same time. In 1972 he was co-coach of the Nebraska All-Stars versus the Japanese All-Stars. He organized and hosted the first youth AAU Wrestling Tournament in Nebraska which was held at Oakland. He established the United States Wrestling Federation in the state of Nebraska. That first year there were seven districts and the state tournament.
He coached the Nebraska All-Stars in a domestic exchange with South Dakota, North Dakota and Iowa. Seventeen wrestlers competed on this trip winning six duals and losing one. Coach Morrison also organized a summer wrestling camp at Chadron State Park with 80 wrestlers attending under the direction of Mishio Tomino. He organized and coached a Nebraska team on an exchange trip to 11 eastern and southern states in 1975, winning 11 duals and losing none. His biggest thrill was having coached two high school All-American wrestlers in Dale Magnusen and Paul Sok and one honorable mention in Kevin Erickson.