Coaches Hall of Fame: Richard Geoflein

Hall of Fame – 1993
Fremont & Lincoln Southeast

Being introduced to the wrestling world by four time State Champ Herb Reese (Hall of Fame ’82) and working out with Ed Copple and Mike DiBiase (Hall of Fame ’82) Richard Geoglein had no choice but to make an impact in this demanding sport. Beginning his coaching at Fremont High School from 1951-1956 he saw to it that they were the first Big Ten Conference school to be involved in wrestling. Moving on to Lincoln Southeast where he remained in coaching from 1956-1964. He helped introduce this sport to schools outside the Omaha area by inviting schools west of Lincoln to bring kids to a tournament. Some 350 novice and experienced wrestlers came to this event which guaranteed them at least two matches. Many schools that had entered had their first taste and went home, hooked, to begin programs of their own. During his coaching career he had four or five state champs and some twenty state placers .. A plaque hangs in his honor as the “Father of Southeast Wrestling” where each year the school’s outstanding wrestler has his name added to the prestigious list. Not only showing leadership in the sports world, Richard received an award from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce for leadership in Aviation and Space Technology. Having coached such wrestling notables as Harry Gaylor (Hall of Fame ’89) Rick Allgood, Millard North coach; John McIntyre, Lincoln Northeast coach (deceased); he looked kindly upon the officials of that time and gave Max Kitzelman (Hall of Fame ’83) his first job. Counting as one of his best memories of wrestling was the Class A district meet in ’61-’62 with nine first place finalists and coming down to the heavyweight match between Carel Stith (two time state champion)from Southeast and this “BIG KID” named Cheeseborogh from Lincoln High. With Stith’s win Southeast won districts and went on to capture third place as a team at State-their best to date! High on the list of thrills for him is seeing students he had contact with succeed in life and being considered for the honor of becoming a member of the NSWCA Hall of Fame.

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