Contributors Hall of Fame: Rex Jones

Hall of Fame – 2003
Nebraska School Activities Association

Beginning his association with sports, Rex was the assistant coach in all sports at Mullen from ’59-’61. Now this was a time when there was no wrestling competition outside of Omaha/Lincoln and certainly no division of classes. Moving on to Hemingford he became head football, track, and athletic director. Again no wrestling in the schools outside of Lincoln/Omaha. However, while in Rushville (’62-’67) where he was head football coach he became worried about his football players that did not play that “other” sport after the football season was over so he started the wrestling program there with the help and coaching of Lanny Neese (Hall ’86). Rex went to Chadron as principal from ’72-’75 and from there he became the Associate Director of the NSAA from 1975-2001. He was the State Wrestling Tournament Director for 25 years during which time he saw the sport of wrestling grow by leaps and bounds. From the days of one class state tournament held on the dirt track at UNO to a 3-day extravaganza drawing crowds in 5 figures from over 200 schools. Rex is also a 12 year member of the National Wrestling Rules Committee, serving 8 yrs. as the chairman. He was inducted into the Chadron Athletic Hall of Fame in ’95, received the NSIAAA Outstanding Service Award in 2002, Chadron State College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001 and the National Federation of State High School Citation Award in 2002. He counts watching his sons wrestle at State and filling the Devaney Center for the State Wrestling Tournament as very satisfying events in his life. Rex is introduced by his friend Bob Colgate of the NSAA.

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