Hall of Fame 2012
Dave Ciccone began his coaching career at Pleasant Ridge High School in Kansas, where he started the wrestling program in 1978. The highlight of his first year was that a Pleasant Ridge wrestler won a match at districts, scoring one and one half points for the last-place Rams. Five years later, Pleasant Ridge won districts, placed third at state, and had four state medalists, including an undefeated state champion. Dave then coached at Abilene, Kansas, for four years prior to moving to Nebraska in 1987.
At York, Dave’s first year was a memorable one. York won the first conference tournament in school history and placed second at districts. Although the Dukes entered the state tournament unranked with only one ranked wrestler on the team, they ended up winning the Class B state title. Dave served as head coach at York from 1987–1998. During that time, York placed in the top 10 at the state tournament for eight straight years and in the top 5 for six of those years. Thirty-eight wrestlers earned state medals, and seven wrestlers were state champions. Other honors that Dave has received include Central Conference Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year, Nebraska Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and the Guy Mytty Award.
Dave feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work with so many incredible kids over the years. According to Dave, “The highlight of my career has been building relationships with the students and their families. Watching them strive to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams has been gratifying and inspiring to me.” Dave is currently a guidance counselor at York Middle School and is married to Deeann, a reading specialist at York Elementary School. His daughter Becky, a nurse practitioner, lives in Omaha, and his son Cory, a physician, lives in New Jersey.
Shannon Gocke, a state runner-up and a member of York’s 1988 championship team, nominated Dave for the NSWCA Hall of Fame, and Shannon is introducing him tonight.