Coaches Hall of Fame: Martin McCurdy

Hall of Fame – 2005
Lincoln East

You might say Coach McCurdy got interested in wrestling when he restled 3 years at Lincoln East and 3 years at the University of Nebraska. He was the freshman coach at Lincoln East for 1 year, coached at Waverly, Leigh, Phillipsburg High in Kansas, Blue Valley High School in Kansas, Norton High School in Kansas, and has coached since 1991 at Lincoln East for a total, at this point, of 26 years with 25 of those years being a head coach. Marty’s dual record stands at 154-134 (no record available at Leigh). He has coached 19 State Champs and 81 State Medalists. While at Leigh, with only 5 athletes on the team, they captured the 4th place as a team for Class D. While at Phillipsburg they won the Kansas 3,2,1,A State Championship in 1987 and were 5th in 1988. His Blue Valley team was 5thin 1989. His team at Lincoln East was 5th in 2000 and 2001 and State Champs in ’02,’03,’04 and 6th in ’05. Marty has also found time to coach the Kansas Jr. National Team 2x, Nebraska Cadet & Jr. National Teams 2x, worked with the Lincoln Wrestling Club, has done ratings in Kansas & Nebraska, served on the board for NSWCA, and coached the NSWCA All Star Classic. He has been the KFOR Lincoln Male Athlete Coach of the Year and Lincoln Journal Star Male Athlete Coach of the Year last year. Marty feels proud over and over again when his wrestlers “let me know that I have been a big factor in shaping their lives not as wrestlers but as men.” The reason I coach is because I believe God uses me in shaping the lives of young men, to become young men of strong character. When young men reaffirm to me that this has actually happened, that I have actually been a tool used by God in shaping their lives, this is my biggest thrill in wrestling.” Marty is introduced by his son, Keenen and his daughter, Brett.

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