Hall of Fame – 2013
In 50 years of competitive wrestling, Schuyler High School has had 3 head coaches. Jim Kasik has been the Warriors Head Wrestling coach for the last 21 years. He has the longest tenure of any of these coaches. Jim Kasik got his start in wrestling as a Freshman at Schuyler High School wrestling for Roger Barry his freshman and sophomore year. The last two years of High School he wrestled for Larry McGowan, where he was a 2x state qualifier and a state placer his senior year. He also helped the Warriors finish 6th place in class “B” his senior year. He went on to compete one year at Kearney State College where he received his teaching degree and a coaching endorsement.
While student teaching, Jim Kasik was an assistant wrestling coach at Wood River High School. In 1989 he accepted a teaching job at Schuyler High School where he was a Volunteer Assistant for one year and a Head Jr. High Coach for two years. In 1992 he was named the head wrestling coach at Schuyler High school, taking over a program that had low numbers and had not won a dual in over two years. He worked to grow the program by getting more kids out for wrestling and becoming more competitive. Over 15 years ago, he began hosting a summer wrestling league which was the first of its kind. Today a number of schools use this concept to host their own wrestling leagues. During his time at Schuyler, Coach Kasik’s teams have recorded a dual record of 148 wins, 74 losses and 3 ties. He has coached 101 state qualifiers, 39 state medalists, 4 state champions and 6 top 10 teams. During the last 12 years his teams have had an 86% winning percentage, recording 110 dual wins and 18 losses. He has had the privilege of coaching 46 Academic All-State Wrestlers and 8 Academic All-Americans. Six of his former wrestlers have gone on to compete at the college level. For a number of years he has been involved in the NSWCA serving as an East/West All-Star Dual coach, a class “B” rater, a class “B” Board Representative and as the NSWCA Treasurer.
Jim Kasik credits the success of the Schuyler wrestling program to a lot of factors that really have very little to do with him. Having the opportunity to be part of a program that has a rich tradition has provided his wrestlers with a solid foundation. He has been around great coaches that have provided excellent examples of integrity, character and they have demonstrated the value of hard work. He has been blessed with an unbelievable supporting cast of assistant coaches, club coaches, and parents that are second to none. Not to mention a number of wrestlers that have committed themselves to moving the Schuyler Wrestling program forward, striving for success and giving back to the wrestling community. He is very proud of what the Schuyler Wrestling Program stands for as he has been a wrestler, a coach and a parent in this program. He is also very proud to say that he has been able to coach all three of his sons in this program. With the support of his family and the love of his wife of nearly 25 years he is very humbled and honored to receive this award.