Coaches Hall of Fame: Jay Rodenbough

Hall of Fame – 2013


Rodenbaugh began his high school wrestling career at Omaha Central in 1967 as a Sophomore and transferred to Council Bluffs Iowa Thomas Jefferson for his junior and senior year. He compiled a high school record of 64 wins and 15 losses. Jay wrestled at Bellevue College his first three years where he lettered in baseball 2 times and wrestling 3 times. In wrestling he compiled a record of 55 wins and 5 losses while being named the Outstanding Wrestler on the team. Rodenbaugh transferred to UNO to compete for the Mavs compiling a record of 8 wins and 2 losses earning a letter at UNO.

Rodenbaugh began his coaching career while a senior at UNO as a volunteer coach at Omaha Benson. Upon graduation he coached at Papillion Junior High in 1976-77. Rodenbaugh was named the Head Coach at Crete High School in 1977 and coached there until 1992. Jay moved to Springfield Platteview where he coached high school wrestling for 12 years from 1992-2004. After a four year short-lived retirement from coaching, he helped the varsity for 2 more years. Jay then coached along side his former assistant Dan Craney, their junior high program from 2010-2012 before retiring from coaching and teaching.  What he enjoys now about wrestling, is watching and knowing some of his former wrestlers are involved with coaching wrestling.

Rodenbaugh coached 39 state medalists, 9 state champions, two 2-time champions, and one 4-time champion. Two of his ex-wrestlers have been inducted into the NSWCA Hall of Fame as Competitors. His teams finished in the top ten 5 times and the top 5 two times. Jay started the Crete Kid’s Wrestling Club in 1977 and the Platteview Kid’s wrestling club in 1994. Special Honors: NSWCA 1997 All-Star East Team Co-Head Coach, NSWCA District Coach of the year in 2001-2002, Nebraska Coaches Association 25 Year Award 2002 and NSWCA Class B Coach of the Year 2002. He will be introduced by Ted Reehl, his friend and first State Champion he coached at Crete High School.

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