Hall of Fame – 1998
Colman is one of those rare individuals that is part of the foundation of any successful wrestling program – the assistant coach. He is a constant that is necessary in any program if it is to succeed. In the words of Rick Benson, Columbus High School coach,” the program in Columbus got its start with Colman at the base and it has continued to grow over the years due to his dedication and work ethic.” This coach is actually a transplant from New York which tells you again the strong influence Nebraska Wrestling can have on people! (Of course we happen to know a little of the influence came from a certain young woman from Schuyler). Graduating from Dunkirk High School in Dunkirk , New York in 1963 he received his B.A. degree from Yankton, South Dakota in 1968. He began teaching and coaching in Columbus, NE in the fall of 1968, being primarily totally responsible for the Columbus Freshman, and has been there since. At that time the program was under the direction of Lanny Neese (Hall ‘96). in 1971 the freshman joined the Great Plains Freshman Conference and Colman was their coach for 25 years, at which time a medical decision was made for him to step away from this part of his life. However, during the time he coached these freshman athletes, they won 13 Team Championships, 6 Runners-up, 4 thirds, and 1 fourth. They collected 132 Champs, 79 Runners-up , and 23 thirds. Conference records held were Most Champions: 10/14 wts., and Most Finalists (tied) 12/14 wts. They were also at the Ralston Invitational (8 years) where they collected 4 Champ titles, 1 runner-up, 1 third, and 1 4th. They also took the once-held Fremont Freshman Invite title 3x. Their dual record stands at 112-28-1, being undefeated in duals for 5 years from ‘75-’79. On his trophy shelf you will see the NCA 25 Year Plaque and the NCA Level II Career Milestone in Wrestling. His biggest thrill was being a “small part” of the State Class A Championship Wrestling Teams produced at Columbus as far as teams are concerned. In the area of individual competitors he has “many, many, many” but standing out a little above is being with Rudy Glur (Hall ‘90) in Lincoln just before he was about to win his 3rd State title against the only person who had ever beaten him!. Colman is being introduced by the gentleman who nominated him, Coach Rick Benson of Columbus.