Hall of Fame – 2010
Michael Smith started officiating in 1976. Before becoming an official he was the head coach at Mitchell High School from 1970-1975, where he had a 3rd place state finish and during his officiating years he served as the Gering Junior High coach from 1976-2007, where in one tourney his wrestlers finished 1st in 16 of the 18 weight classes. During his time as an official he has mentored several young officials, and assistant coaches. Michael was the Official of the Year in 1991. Also in 1991 he was the Presidential Students Teacher of the Year. He was the KDUH Teacher of the Year in 1999.
He states his greatest reward is seeing former students become coaches and seeing them become men who contribute to life. He has mentored may young men to pursue college wrestling, high school wrestling. Olympic tryouts, and officiating. His biggest thrills include seeing his wrestlers win state, place in the college nationals, and try out for the Olympics. Having these people give him and others credit has been humbling. He also comments, “officiating State and many districts was big!”. Michael is being introduced by fellow Official Jim Ayres, Hall ‘91.