Coaches Hall of Fame: Nick Modrcin

Hall of Fame – 2002

Associated with wrestling for 40 years, Nick started his career at Bishop Ryan High School in 1962 as a wrestler and then went on to UNO to wrestle.While in high school he was a State Champ in ’65 and runner-up in ’66. At UNO he wrestled for Don Benning (Hall ’85) and was Most Improved Wrestler in’67. He was a member of the 1969 National Championship Team and upon graduation he went back to Bishop Ryan as their coach until 1974. While there he had two State Champs and one runner-up with numerous place finishers. They were also American Division Dual Co-Champs. Moving on to Omaha North he rebuilt the program there . Arriving in Valley, where he is presently, he rebuilt the program starting with 6 wrestlers and moved the team to a Class C power. More facts: he has won 42 tournaments, had 12 State Champs, over 180 dual wins, 1 NE Collegiate Athlete of the Year, 2College All Americans, 1977 Class C Wrestling Coach of the Year, 1997 Class C District Coach of the Year, Past President of the Metro Coaches, and has coached 2 Metro All Star Teams. Nick counts among his greatest thrills associated with wrestling the fact that he was able to be associated with great people: Coach Don Benning (Hall ’85) Curlee Alexander (Hall’91), Roy (Dhafir Muhammad ,Hall, 2000) and Mel Washington (Hall ’90) who were college teammates and Lou Miloni (Hall ’86), Mel Masek, Beau Hazelip (Hall ’84), and Milt Hearn (Hall’93) whom he coached against and still keeps in touch with. But best of all he has enjoyed watching his past wrestlers grow up, start families, and be successful members of the communities in which they live. Seeing them own their own businesses, go on to teach and coach, and for them to understand that the greatest moment that ever happened to them didn’t happen on the mat. “There is life after high school and athletics.” And in the words of Brian Shunk, a former wrestler, “Mr. Modrcin has given me so much advice and guidance throughout my life, it is hard to put his impact on me into words. Mr. Modrcin is not only a great coach and teacher, but is a great person and friend as well.” Nick is introduced by his friend and former referee, Al Pattavina (Charter Hall ’82 ).

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