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Coach Neil T. Schultz

A native of Harvard, Neil T. Schultz was a three sport athlete at Harvard High School and was named as a captain of the football team, the wrestling team and the track team in his senior season.  He was coached in wrestling by two IWCOA Hall of Fame coaches; Richard Holtfreter and John Sciacca.  This experience was a tremendous influence in his life.  He then attended Carthage College where he was a member of the football and wrestling team. During his senior year, he began officiating junior high and high school wrestling in Wisconsin and Illinois and continued to officiate for the next 15 years.
Neil began his coaching career before his college graduation in the spring of 1979 at McKinley Jr. High in Kenosha, WI as the boy’s assistant track coach.  The following fall he began teaching and coaching football and track at Tremper High School in Kenosha.  As a varsity assistant coach the Tremper Trojan football team won two WIAA state championships with consecutive undefeated seasons.  In his second year at Tremper he was also named the head wrestling coach.  In his only season as a head coach he compiled a 14-0 record.  After his three years of coaching and teaching in Kenosha he moved back to Harvard.  In 1983 Neil returned to coaching as the Harvard High School assistant freshman football coach.  The following year he moved to the varsity level with newly named head coach Tim Haak.  That year (1984) he also coached wrestling at Harvard Jr. High School.  Then in 1985 he started to assist Coach Haak not only in football but also wrestling at the high school and the two coached together in both sports for the next 20 years.  Following the 2006 wrestling season, he retired from coaching in order to follow his son’s college careers. Then in 2010 he was given the opportunity to return to coach at Harvard High School as an assistant football coach, which he continues to enjoy today.
During his tenure as an assistant wrestling coach at Harvard High School the program had great success qualifying for the dual team state tournament 9 times including a third place finish, two second place finishes and a state championship in 1992.  Neil was twice named the assistant coach of the year by the IWCOA in 1990 and 2006.  He has been a member of the Harvard Wrestling Club board of directors and has been very active in running the several tournaments that Harvard hosts each year.  The Jr. Varsity tournament in Harvard has been named in his honor, a tournament in which he competed as an athlete, then coached while on staff, and now manages.
In 2009 Neil was inducted into the Harvard High School Hall of Fame for his coaching, volunteer efforts and financial support of Harvard High School athletics.  Then in 2013 he was inducted into the IWCOA Hall of Fame.