Don Herrmann


Don Herrmann, a native of Chicago and a graduate of Minocqua High School, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1955 while competing in football, wrestling, and track. He then went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Don has been recognized many times for his outstanding achievements as evidenced by his membership in the UWSP Hall of Fame, the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame, and Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Don dedicated his career to the high school student athlete in Wisconsin. After working as a teacher and coach at Oconto and Wittenberg high schools, Don served as the Executive Secretary of the American College of Sports Medicine and was a member of the University of Wisconsin – Madison Physical Education Staff. In his 25 years as Associate Director of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association he oversaw the sports of wrestling, football, ice hockey, softball, and tennis as well as the Medical Advisory committee, retiring in August 1998.

Don is a long time member of the WATA and has served as the liaison between the WIAA and the WATA. His implementation of the Wisconsin Wrestling Minimum Weight Program exemplifies his dedicatioin to the health care of young people in our state and country. In addition to his contributions to the WATA, Don is amember of the National Federation rules committee for the sports of football, wrestling, softball, and hockey and currently chairs the National Federation Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Athletic trainers throughout the state of Wisconsin have had the pleasure working with Don for many years. He is a true friend of the WATA and the athletic training profession, and will long be remembered for his contributions to the WATA and to athletics in the state of Wisconsin.

Inducted April 30, 1999