Contributors Hall of Fame: Jim VanMeter

Hall of Fame – 1984

Van Marter’s first match he ever saw was the one he was coaching in against Cozad. He pioneered the program at Holdrege in 1958 and was its head coach for 16 years with 82 wins and 49 losses. His teams earned one Class A and two Class B district titles, he coached 42 Southwest Conference Champions, 37 district champs and six state champions. Jim’s greatest disappointments were never winning the SW Conference Title and never bringing home the state championship trophy. He marks seeding meetings with Kearney’s Jack Ramey, Lexington’s Don Hather and Albion’s Jim Holechek as quite an experience and says his greatest thrill has been the opportunity to “work with our states greatest asset—its young people.”

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