Wall of Champions

2023 Athletic Hall of Fame / Wall of Champions Induction

Saturday, October 14

11:00 a.m. Doors Open
12:00 p.m. Lunch
Ceremony to Follow

The eight teams inducted this year are from the 1981-82 and 1982-83 school year – cross country, football, and wrestling – and were coached by Jim Haluska, Norb Wishowski (DB ’54), Tom Knitter, Mike Fons (DB ’66), and Larry Florek (DB '62). The individuals inducted – wrestler Mike Baer (TM '78), football player and wrestler Greg Baker (TM '82), football and basketball player Bob Bishop (TM '80), football and basketball player Tom Bishop (TM '82), basketball player Gary Campbell (TM '83), football player and wrestler Jay Labecki (TM '82), wrestler Tom Nolan (TM '76), and football and baseball player Mark Rutkowski (TM '81) – each have resumes that speak for themselves, and they elevated their teams to championship levels.

The Coach Jim Haluska Wall of Champions honors the outstanding athletic teams of our school’s history. Coach Jim Haluska taught and coached at Don Bosco and Thomas More. Haluska was a standout athlete for Racine St. Catherine's, most notably at quarterback. He led the Wisconsin Badgers to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 1952 and was inducted into 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 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.

Coach Haluska’s coaching techniques and sarcastic one-liners are legendary, and there is no question that his influence on Don Bosco and Thomas More athletics was profound.
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