Hall of Fame – 1999
Bill is another one of those rare individuals that could be placed in any one of several categories. He has been a competitor, wrestling for Tom Dineen, Sr and Joe Ponseigo at Ryan High School. He received a scholarship to attend Adams State where he continued to wrestle under Frank Powell (Hall ’93). Lettering 4 years, he also won the RMAC at 191 in ’65, placing two other years. After college, he got into the coaching ranks, starting out at Ryan High School (’65-’69) where his teams were 8th, 5th, and 4th at state with a dual record of 28-7 and four state champs. Back to Adams State as a grauate assistant, he was assistant wrestling coach one year. At this time he was asked to officiate a district in Colorado and then to officiate in New Mexico at their state tournament – and so began his career as an official. Moving on to Montana State U. as head coach (’70-’76) he stayed involved with officiating and branched out into freestyle, keeping his FILA 3 license for five yers. He led the USA Greco Team (’75) to the World Championshhips and then accepted the head coaching job at the Univ. of Calgary, Canada (’76-’83). He also did a stint coaching the ’78 Jr. National Team and two Jr. Pan Am teams for Canada where they were champs in freestyle and runner-up twice. Coming back to the USA in ’83, he has spent his time officiating. He has been selected to a distric every year and officiates at all levels. He has been chosen to the Nebraska State Meet for 10 years. In addition he assigns the Metro officials and works as a supervisor of officials at the Huskerland State Championships. Bill was Canadian University Coach of the Year in ’79 and Outstanding New Official of the Metro in ’84. Bill says “I have been with some of the best athletes, coaches and officials of the world and I have enjoyed it all. In addition I was lucky enough to draw Desmond’s final high school match for his fourth state title. WHAT A MATCH!!!!!! In fact I have officiated the last two 4x state champions” – – – – and now you know the rest of the story. Bill is introduced by his friend Tom Vincentini of Omaha.