Coaches’ Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee ~ Ken Schoville
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski League is proud to induct the 3rd high school coach into the Nordic High School Hall of Fame. This honor is bestowed on Lakeland Union High School’s long time coach, Ken Schoville.
Ken began his Nordic involvement in 1977 when he and a group of others began the Northwood’s Nordic Ski Club in the Eagle River Area. When Ken and his wife Pam, moved to Hazelhurst in 1978, he joined the Lakeland Ski Club and was instrumental in transforming Squirrel Hill into a Nordic Ski Touring Center operated through a non-profit foundation of which he was president for a number of years. Ken also had his hand in race organizing and was Race Director of the Governor’s Cup (now the Lakeland Loppett), The Dannon Cup, and two Super Series races. He presently is head of the trails committee and some of his past trail contributions can be seen in the base loop lights at Winter Park and more recently in the development of the Schlecht Lake trails.
His early coaching assignments were with his daughters in the Bill Koch League and progressed over the years to now encompass over 30 years of youth and high school coaching. He worked with Lakeland Union High School to make Nordic Skiing a recognized club sport with a letter. Schoville began the State Championships over 30 years ago with high school teacher Forest Coleman, with the first one being held at Minocqua Winter Park. He has since coached four state girls’ team champions in a row and has had one individual state girl’s champion and one individual state boy’s champion. He has been active in state and regional youth development which includes coaching at CXC/CODP level camps and taking Junior Olympic athletes to the Nationals several times as a volunteer coach. He was a founder of the Christmas Camp in Houghton, MI and continues to attend and coach athletes from throughout Wisconsin and Copper Country.
On the Administration side, Ken was President of the Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski League for many years – so many it’s hard to remember when he wasn’t president! He is without question a peer to admire. He has championed our sport for over 30 years and continues to do so today as evidenced by the location of this current State Meet. We are honored by his commitment and dedication and place him in the Coaches Hall of Fame as recognition of his life-time dedication to Nordic Skiing.
Coaches’ Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 ~ Judy Swank
Coaches’ Hall of Fame Inductee 2010 ~ Jim Gallagher
The Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski League, Inc. is proud to induct its first Coach into the Nordic High School Coaches Hall of Fame. This honor is being bestowed on Wausau’s own Jim Gallagher. The foundation of the Wausau East/West Nordic Ski Team was built on the shoulders of Jim Galllagher in the mid to late 70s when it was started as a club sport at Wausau West. Jim was a math teacher at the time and was approached by several students to coach them because he knew how to ski. Club skiing was just a few outings to various areas like the Underdown Ski Trails north of Merrill, where in most cases you made/broke your own trail. By the mid 80s the team was solid and Jim’s own sons were participants on the team. Practices started the second week in November and didn’t end until the final meet in early March. Jim and his wife Nancy were unpaid volunteer coaches through all of these early years. The Wausau School District raised the sport to Varsity level in 1997, but only if Jim agreed to still coach without pay. It wasn’t until 1998 that he received a salary the same as other varsity coaches.
Jim’s boys’ team won the State High School Cross Country Ski Championship in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, and 1995. His girls’ team brought home state championships in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998. Three team members won the individual state championship under his coaching. He also saw 9 of his skiers earn Division 1, full tuition scholarships to compete in cross country skiing. In addition to these accomplishments, Jim co-authored with Judy Swank the first By-Laws of the Wisconsin High School Nordic Ski League, Inc.
After his retirement in 2000, Jim co-coached with Greg Kresse for a number of additional years as the team continued to grow. He also served as an assistant coach under the present Head Coach Tracy Gorzek. He was a valuable asset to the team because of his years of coaching and waxing experience. Jim continues to volunteer his time and lend his expertise to such things as the Wausau Nordic Ski Club Swap Wax Bench, helping fit skis during equipment handouts/buying, and can be found working the finish line/timing at almost all of the home town races. Jim’s legacy is one of volunteerism and service to the Nordic Ski Community as a whole.