Contributors Hall of Fame: Stan Turner

Hall of Fame – 2013


Raised in Springfield, South Dakota, Stan Turner attended the local high school.  As a freshman in 1964, Stan joined the schools newly formed wrestling team.  He was a member of the high school’s football and wrestling teams all four years.  Upon graduation in 1968, Stan drove just a few extra blocks to attend college at the University of South Dakota at Springfield where he was a member of both the wrestling and football teams.  An injury ended his wrestling career after his freshman year, but he continued to play football all four years.

After graduating with a degree in education, he was offered a position starting the wrestling program in Creighton, Nebraska.  Stan built the program for eight years having over 30 wrestlers before he moved.  The program was continued and further built into a very successful program by Randy Kliment.  Stan spent three years in Wood River coaching wrestling and building that program to over 30 participants.  At that point Stan had earned his Master’s in Administration and became a supporter of wrestling as a junior-senior high principal.  He spent four years as principal at Lake Andes, South Dakota.

He returned to Madison, Nebraska, where he helped to start yet another wrestling program.  During his 14 year tenure, he watched and supported hall of fame member Kenny Loosvelt as the program was built into a well-respected program.  Stan has enjoyed the last twelve years watching and supporting the success of the Bennington, Nebraska program under the leadership of Alan Pokorny.

Stan has been married to Vonda for 41 years and they have two children.  Shelly is a college athletic trainer in Billings, Montana.  Shannon and his wife, Brandi, live in Remsen, Iowa.  Shannon is in criminal justice.  Their two grandchildren are Drake, who is grown and employed in Kansas and Peyton, who is in junior high.

Stan has always respected the great dedication that wrestlers, parents, and coaches have for the sport.  Stan feels it has always been a great joy to support individual wrestlers and their teams in the schools where he has been an administrator.

After 41 years in education, Stan is retiring this summer; he looks forward to rediscovering his fishing rods and reels and doing more trap and skeet shooting.

Stan will be introduced by Alan Pokorny.


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