Coaches Hall of Fame: Rick Allgood

Hall of Fame – 1998
Millard North

Twenty-six years in the business! It is hard to believe that someone loves wrestling this much to hang in there for 26 years!! Well, let us introduce you to Rick Allgood, one of a kind. This man has not only spent 26 years in coaching, but 23 1/2 hours of everyday of those 26 yrs were involved with some aspect of this sport . Leaving UNL in 1967 where he was a graduate assistant for the wrestling team, he went to Redfield, South Dakota as head coach. After two years he came back to Ne – the good life – as an assistant at Omaha North, then assisting at Omaha Benson for 2 years (‘71-’72), and from there to Bennington as head coach where his career really took off!. Rick was at Bennington from ‘73-’88 where he and his team captured their first State Title in 1987. Moving to Millard North in 1989 he and his teams took two State Titles in 1991 and again in 1996. His record book will show 202 dual wins, 75 tournament championships, 130 state qualifiers, 21 individual State Champs and 15 Runners-up. His trophy cabinet showcases NSWCA Coach of the Year in ‘87 and ‘91, NCA Coach of the year in ‘ 87, Metro Wrestling Coach of the Year ‘91, National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association (Section V) Wrestling Coach of the Year ‘97, NCA Level IV Wrestling Award ‘96,and NCA 25 Year Plaque. He is one of the original organizers of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association and a charter member. He has served as its president 3x (when told of his election to the first term, his comment while holding his head was, “I am too young for this!”) Being elected 3x serves as a testimonial to his dedication. In addition, he has, in his words, been on the board “umpteen times.” It is to his credit that we honor the Top Ten Teams in each class every year and also getting some sort of newsletter out to the member coaches, even if it meant setting around the table in the Barry kitchen around midnight with Harry’s dog guarding the front porch! (You can’t get from Bennington to Schuyler that late at night without a good guard dog.) Rick was the USA Freestyle Wrestling High School Director from 1985-1991, also coaching the Nebraska Cultural Exchange Team to Poland in ‘75 and ‘76 with a trip in the same capacity to China in 1987. He counts as his biggest thrill his three sons: Grant, Todd, and Eric and his nephew Troy winning individual State Champ Crowns in 1995. How many coaches can top that? He is being introduced by his friend Harry Gaylor, NSWCA Hall ‘89.

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