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West Bend Native Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

By Staff | Feb 3, 2011

A West Bend native was inducted into the Iowa Baseball Coaches Hall Of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 29, during ceremonies in Cedar Rapids.

Bill Wuebker became one of 232 inductees into the Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame during the IHSBCA Awards Banquet at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids.

Wuebker, who has been coaching for over 50 years, with 37 of those years coaching players on the diamond. His career includes stints as coach at St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon from 1959-61; St. Patrick’s in Perry from 1961-63; and at St. Mary’s in Larchwood from 1963-66.

After earning his Masters’ in Counseling, Wuebker took a year off from coaching to teach in Semco High School in Gilman before relocating to West Bend in 1967.

He coached baseball at West Bend on two occasions, 1968-72 and again from 1981-1987, and also coached basketball, football and track, as well as junior high basketball this past season at the West Bend-Mallard Schools.

In 1992, Wuebker returned as an assistant coach at Spalding Catholic in Granville and held that position through 1999 before becoming the head coach at Spalding in 2000.

In his tenure as both assistant and head coach at Spalding, Wuebker’s teams have amassed a record of over 250 wins, with two state titles, three runner-up finishes and six trips to the state tournament. He has been named District Coach of the year twice and State coach of the year in 2000 and 2001. He has been a member of the IHSBCA for over 35 years.

He played high school baseball at the Silver Lake Consolidated High School in Ayrshire.