Coaches Hall of Fame: John Murtaugh

Hall of Fame – 1999

Harlen Community High School, Iowa, saw a young John out for wrestling four years, qualifying for State his junior year and taking 3rd his senior year. Coming to Dana College to play football, he began to put down roots in Nebraska. Taking the coaching job at Wayne, he has been there since, except for a one year “tour” in Red Oak, Iowa. His duel record stands at 71-32- 1 while taking 23 tournament titles. He has had 19 state placers which includes 3 state champs and a ranking in the Top Ten 3 times. His Wayne teams were 8th in ‘89, 2nd in ‘91, and 8th in ‘99. Add to this the honor of having coached two All Americans and you can see John is headed for more accolades before he looks at retirement. He has been the Youth Wrestling coach for 14 years and served two terms on the NSWCA Board. He was assistant coach for the NSWCA All Star Classic in ‘91 and head coach in ‘92. His biggest thrill comes in coaching his son to a State Champ title in ‘99 and as a team, in being State Runner-up in ‘91. John is introduced by his friend and assistant coach, Aaron Schuett.

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