Hall of Fame – 1995
University of Nebraska
Headline in the March 15, 1995 Omaha World Herald read “Neumann Puts Stamp On NU: Wrestling Coach Turns Huskers into National Powerhouse”. Since taking over the reins at UNL just ten years ago he has produced 15 Big Eight Conference Champs, three NCAA Champs, 26 All Americans, two league team titles, and two top five finishes at the NCAA tournament. With a college record of 139-46-4 at UNL, including a graduation rate of 98%, this young coach has plenty of time to open new pathways and climb higher mountains. Unassuming as he is he gives credit to his athletes, the wrestling boosters (“we have a waiting list”), and the administration for Nebraska’s ranking as one of the top three or four progarams in the country. Nebraska’s 126, Steve Baer says, “Coach is a guy who really cares about the guys on this team. His motivation is that he cares about us as people. When he tells us he wants us to be well-rounded people and not just wrestlers, that’s a genuine concern. He doesn’t fake it.” Transferring to Nebraska his senior in college, he helped lead the Huskers to their first winning season in fivc years. His record was 27-5 and he had qualified for the NCAA Tournament but was unable to wrestle because of two broken ribs. After graduating he spent two years in Plainville Kansas coaching and teaching. However this Peshtigo WI, native could not resist that Nebraska lure. He came back to UNL as an assistant in the wrestling programin 1985. When the head coach resigned during the season he stepped in as interim coach and was appointed head coach later in the season. He has been Big Eight Coach of the Year three times and in 1990 was named NCAA Coach of the Year. A family man at heart, he is proud father of “three great kids”( Chelsea, Clint, Chase). He counts as his biggest thrill in life the birth of his first child; while, in wrestling, it has to be beating Iowa in the 1993 National Duals. Coach Neumann is introduced by his friend, Coach Dale Bonge of Albion.