Coaches Hall of Fame: Milt Hearn

COACH
Hall of Fame – 1993
Omaha Tech

With 30 years of coaching experience under his belt, Corch Hearn claims experience in Clearwater, Omaha Tech, and Omaha Bryan with most of those years spent at Omaha Tech – 25!! Even though he is no longer actively coaching he keeps in touch with the wrestling world by directing the North High Tournament the last five years. With “too many District Team Champs to remember” Coach Hearn never cracked the first place team spot at State but did rank 2nd once and were in the top ten for 13 years. He produced 19 State Champions and three of his former athletes are now coaching: Jerry Shook at Omaha Northwest, Curlee Alexander (Hall of Fame ’91) at Omaha North, and Greg Wilcox (NSWCA Board Rep) at Omaha South. Remembering only 17 schools entered in one class at the State Tournament “back in those days” and wrestling on the dirt track at the UNO Field House he is thrilled to see over 200 schools entered in this years tournament. He sees many improvements in this exciting sport, most of them in the rules. Now it is not possible to slam a kid to the mat if you hit the mat before your opponent. It seemed the object then as to “punish” your opoonent rather than wrestle him. He also sees much better coaching the Class B,C and D schools with many more summer programs that produce better developed kids. Competition in wrestling is much keener now and you need a good competitive wrestler to keep your skills sharp. The Washingtons helped Hospodka take Nationals because they used to “give him so much crap in the wrestling room.” Even with all the the changes, Coach Heran strongly feels the good wrestler will always win-regardless. And the good coach keeps coaching, attesting to that fact is the Outstanding Service to Nebraska High School Athletics he received in 1988 from the Nebraska Athletic Directors Association.

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