Hall of Fame – 1988
Coach Pierce has notched 20 years of experience from matside. Starting his long association with wrestling at Raymond Central where he was at the helm for eight years, he made a move to North Bend Central for two years. Longing for the bright lights he made a decision to go to Lincoln Southeast when a vacancy occurred. Coaching there for 10 years he is still on the faculty and continues to remain associated with wrestling. Not content to sit on the sidelines, you can see his friendly face at the head table at state. In addition, “Big Mick” has been a member of the National High School Rules Committee and coached a cultural exchange team to Turkey. He was director of the Grand National AAU Championships that attracted 1,500 competitors. He has been a member of the NSWCA Board three times and a rater for Class B. He has also been on the Nebraska Coaches’ Association Board and originated the Nebraska-Maine Friendship Exchange. Contributions we don’t hear about but which are vital to the activities the NSWCA sponsors are the prizes Mick can collect on a moment’s notice for stags and other activites—from beer and pretzels to windbreakers and caps—he’s your man. Always willing to help out, he was drafted as M.C. for the first Hall of Fame Banquet in 1982 and has even filled in the position of “Reverend” at several of the dinners. He counts his biggest thrill being associated with the team of 1970—the best—and seeing one of his wrestlers win his one and only match in seven years.