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St. Thomas More High School to Honor Legendary Coach

By Katlyn PutneySept. 9, 2015

St. Thomas More High School will name the addition to their hall of fame after longtime head football coach Jim Haluska, the school has announced. There will be a ceremony and Mass marking the occasion on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 12 – 2 p.m. “The Bishop of Bay View,” Father Tom Wittliff (St. Francis Minor Seminary ’55), will lead Mass at 12 p.m. with the ceremony to follow. The new section near the entrance to the gymnasium will be unveiled as the Coach Jim Haluska Wall of Champions, according to John Hoch, Athletic Director at the campus on Milwaukee’s south side.

The expansion was undertaken to honor the championship teams and standout individual athletes who played at Don Bosco and Pio Nono, the two schools which merged to become STM beginning in the fall of 1972. The first of these inductions, for the Classes of 1952-’59, will be held at a breakfast ceremony on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Haluska was a standout athlete, most notably at quarterback, for Racine St. Catherine’s. He went on to lead the Wisconsin Badgers to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 1952 and is inducted in to the UW Hall of Fame.

He was drafted and played for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, appearing in five games in 1956. Haluska turned down an offer to play for the Los Angeles Chargers of the upstart AFL to embark on a coaching and teaching career that spanned over three decades.

Coach Haluska’s teams won three WISAA State Championships, five Metro Conference Championships and seven Catholic Conference Championships during his tenure at Don Bosco and St. Thomas More combined, amassing a 206-60-4 record in that time.

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association added Haluska to their Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2011, STM added him to the hall that will now bear his name.

For more information, contact John Hoch, Athletic Director, STM, by phone (414-481-8370, ext. 120) or email: jhoch@tmore.org.

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