Culver grad Wendall Bean to be inducted into Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Culver Community graduate and longtime Whitewater High School wrestling coach Wendall Bean will be among five individuals inducted into the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association George Martin Hall of Fame at the hall’s annual induction ceremony November 4.
Bean is a 1975 graduate of Culver Community High School, where he excelled as a three-sport athlete in cross country and track as well as wrestling. He earned a wrestling scholarship to William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa, but, after being named Male Athlete of the Year at the college, decided to continue his wrestling career elsewhere, ultimately deciding on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
After a redshirt year, Wendall captured a spot in the varsity line-up and went on to qualify for three NAIA National Tournaments over the next three years. He graduated in 1980, earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in physical education.
Bean began his teaching and coaching career in 1980-81 at Whitewater High School as a physical education instructor and assistant coach. After four years as an assistant, Bean took the helm as the head wrestling coach in 1984-85. During his 23-year tenure as head wrestling coach, Whitewater High School teams compiled a combined record of 206-94, captured 14 regional titles, two sectional titles, one Southern Lakes Conference title, two SLC Western Division titles, 46 team championships and made appearances in 10 WIAA Team Sectional Tournaments and two WIAA Team State Tournaments. Whitewater teams finished first or second 92 times in dual or individual championships during his 23-year span as head wrestling coach. In addition, he coached 41 individual state qualifiers/place finishers and 43 individual SLC champions.
A WWCA member since 1980, Bean served for 10 years as the District Six representative from 2000-01 to 2009-10. In addition, he has assisted the past six years with the organization and operation of the WWCA Annual Fall Clinic and authored the Aspiring Officials Program, a WWCA initiative for the WIAA to recruit and assist potential wrestling officials. More recently, Bean has taken over the helm as Clinic Chairman.
In addition to the WWCA, Bean has been involved in many other endeavors within the Wisconsin wrestling community. He was selected to co-coach the Southern Lakes All Stars vs. West Germany (1987) and the Southern Wisconsin All-Stars vs. Northern Illinois All-Stars (1990, ‘91, ‘92), co-directed the Fort-Whitewater Developmental Camps (1984-90), coordinated a Badger State wrestling regional (1986-90), was clinician for the Warhawk Wrestling Camps (UW-Whitewater 1978-98), directed the Wisconsin Granby System Wrestling Camp (2003-08), coordinated and directed UW-Whitewater’s Mid-States Wrestling Classic (1985-1995, 1998-present), assisted with the development of the Middle School Elite AAU program (2006) and currently serves as president for the UW-Whitewater Wrestling Alumni Association.
Bean continues to stay actively involved in coaching as the Whitewater Middle School wrestling coach, a position he has held since his retirement as the high school head coach in 2007. He is also liaison to the Whitewater Youth Wrestling Club and has become very active in recent years as a WIAA wrestling official.
The WWCA induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the association’s annual Fall Clinic at the Hotel Sierra and Convention Center in Green Bay, Wisc. Nov. 4. Tickets for the event are priced at $36 and can be ordered from the fall clinic chairman, who happens to be Bean himself, at 262-473-8003.