Hall of Fame – 1999
In the business of coaching for 27 years, we haven’t seen a gray hair on that head yet! But there have been days of excitement in that career as yours truly can recall this man seldom sat quietly in the coach’s chair but paced up and down the sidelines. If another chair happened to be in the way it was deftly removed by the toe and the pacing went on. Graduating from Columbus High School in 1967, Gaylen was on the first Columbus High Team, qualifying for state his senior year. Graduating from Wayne State in 1971, he also participated in wrestling for 1 1/2 years. But his star began to shine when he started coaching this remarkable sport. Beginning in Monroe where he coached for two years, he then moved to David City as an assistant for 4 years and then to the head coach’s spot where he has been for the last 21 years. During that time he can boast a dual record of 111-37-1 with 116 state qualifiers. This included 15 State Champs. 12 State Runners-up, and 58 place finishers. David City has had a finalist at the State Tournament for 11 straight years under his capable coaching. They were State Champs in ‘84 and runner-up in ‘90,’91,’92,’93, placing in the Top Ten nine times. He was named Coach of the Year in ‘84 and ‘90 and coached the NSWCA All Star Classic team in ‘93 and ‘94. Counting as his biggest thrill, the chance to coach his son to the Class C 140 lb. State Championship in ‘93, Gaylen is introduced by Coach Randy
Rech, David City.