Hall of Fame – 1984
Jim has logged 20 years of coaching beginning as an assistant in Sidney before advancing to Albion as the head coach where the program became recognized as one of the best in the state under his direction. Moving on to Lincoln East he again built a strong and successful program. Before retiring from coaching in 1981 he could proudly claim two state championship teams (one at Albion and one at East) and 16 individual state champions. Holechek’s dual record stands at 107-56-6 with five district championships and four runner-up finishes.
Jim was the wrestling chairman for the Midwest AAU for eight years and team leader for the first Cultural Exchange Team from Nebraska to Central and South America in 1972 and again with teams to Poland and Romania.
Mr. Holechek was one of the founding fathers of the NSWCA and stays abreast of the sport through refereeing and is often seen working matches at the State Tournament.