Coaches Hall of Fame: Jerry Frerichs

Hall of Fame – 1997

Jerry Frerichs is one of those “tall” guys that comes into a community, likes the people, likes the school, and settles! Coming to Elkhorn in 1978 as an assistant coach he moved up to head coach in 1980 where he remained until he retired from coaching in 1996. This past season marks his 20th year of wrestling involvement. It stays in your system. Coming to a community where that “other” sport dominated the community interest, Jerry had a second job to take care of, which he handled with trained expertise – let’s consider wrestling as an option. In the mid to late 80’s the work began to pay off as the success of his teams generated a lot of community and school support. His teams won 93 duals with only 39 losses and 3 ties. He had 24 Invitation Team Championships, 5 Conference Championships, 4 District Titles, and captured the State Crown in 1989. His teams have been in the Top Ten 6 times with 85 state qualifiers, 34 state medalists, and 5 individuals winning 7 State Champ titles. He served on the NSWCA Board of Directors and was the 1989 NSWCA Class B Coach of the Year. He counts as one of his best memories coaching his first State Champ, Bruce Loeffler, ’85 . In his own words, “Today, wrestling at Elkhorn High is a top notch program recognized with the proper funding and athletic base to be continuously successful. In place are a parents’ organization and little kids’ club which are directly tied to the efforts of myself and my assistant, Rollie Kleeman in the early ‘80’s.” He is introduced by Rollie Kleeman, his assistant of seven years.

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