Coaches Hall of Fame: Len Lordino

COACH
Hall of Fame – 1990
Scottsbluff

This Arvada, Colorado native had his first taste of wrestling as a sixth grader when the world is inviting you to take a bite and everything is possible. A bite into the world of wrestling is just what he did. Claimng two state champion titles in high school he compiled a 67-6-0 record. Still hungry for more he wrestled four years in college where he was a four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference Champ at 177 lbs. and heavyweight. For dessert he took the NCAA Champion’s title and Outstanding College Athlete Award in 1961 and was invited to participate in the Olympic Trials in 1962.

Coming to Scottsbluff High School in 1964 Len saw his teams post a 74-16 dual match record and win six straight Big 10 Conference and Class A District Championships. Scottsbluff won their first State Tournament under his able coaching in 1968. In a seven year period the Bearcats were never lower than sixth at State. Two of his teams completed unbeaten seasons in 1965 and 1970. From 1964-1966 Scottsbluff had 29 consecutive dual match victories. He had nine state champs take 11 state titles. He was named Nebraska Coach of the Year in 1967 and served as president of the NCA in 1968. In the words of Bill Madden, Gering Courier sports writer, “…it always was a pleasure for the writer to work with Lordino. I am glad to see him receive recognition which, in my book, is long overdue.”

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