Coaches Hall of Fame: Jeff Kupfer

Hall of Fame – 2007
Fremont, Norfolk Catholic,
La Vista Junior High,
Papillion – La Vista

Jeff began his coaching career as an assistant at Fremont High (where he
graduated) under his coach John McMullen (Hall ’83) After two years he
moved on to Norfolk Catholic as head coach from ’78-’80. Then a chance to go to Papillion Junior High and after one year there he moved up to head
coach at the high school where he remained for 24 years. During this time at these locations he has compiled a dual goal of 204-99 as well has taking the State Team title in 2001. and 2nd in ’03. Taking second at District 5x his team also took the District Champ title 5x. They were Metro Champs in ’03 and runner-up 5x. His teams placed in the Top 5 at state 6x and in the Top Ten 7x.He can proudly claim 81 State medalists, 30 State finalists, and 12 State Champs. Jeff was also chosen coach of the year by the NSWCA and the Metro Conference He also would like to think he has instilled in his wrestlers an awareness of and an appreciation for doing things the right way – in HALL OF FAME athletics, in school and in life. He also feels it is a great honor having hundreds of parents entrusting him with their sons and counting on him to teach and reinforce the right things in the development of those sons at a very critical time in their lives. Jeff considers his most memorable moment as happening in 1970. His Fremont High team beat Lincoln East in a dual 24-20. The Lincoln
East team was coached by NSWCA founder Jim Holechek (Hall ’84). They
won every dual but Fremont, every tournament and State that year. “Jerry
Wilcox and I each dropped down one weight class for the dual with them to give us a better match-up with the East kids, and it worked! Our team that night was outstanding up and down the line, and it turned out to be the first instance of tremendous collective achievement – in a situation of real importance – that I had known in athletics.“ Jeff is introduced by his high school coach John McMullen.

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