Prochnow, Buss & Zeske to be inducted into Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Linda (Hoffmann) ZeskeProchnow
On Saturday, February 9, three legendary Green Bay Area Public School District coaches and athletes will be inducted into the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame during an induction banquet in Oak Creek, WI. Coach Patrick Prochnow of Preble High School, deceased athlete Rick Buss of Preble, and athlete Linda (Hoffmann) Zeske of Southwest High School will be honored for their outstanding achievements at 1:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Oak Creek.

Tickets to attend the reception are $20, and checks should be made out to WISTCA and sent to Craig Shepard at Gilman High School, 325 N. Fifth Avenue in Gilman, WI, 54433.

Notable achievements of the inductees are as follows:
Coach Pat Prochnow (pictured above): Prochnow coached at Preble for 35 years, and achieved 23 men’s conference championship titles during his tenure. Prochnow also achieved 25 men’s regional championship titles including 20 consecutive, 15 men’s sectional championship titles, 10 individual champions, and one national champion. Coach Prochnow also received numerous coaching awards throughout his career, and was instrumental in forming the girls and boys track and field programs into one successful entity.

Rick Buss (deceased): Between 1974 and 1976 at Preble, Buss was named the regional individual champion in discus and shot put, sectional individual champion in shot put and discus, FRVC conference meet individual champion in discus, state individual champion in discus, was part of the 1976 W.I.A.A regional and sectional championship track team, and was the 1976 state record holder at the time in discus with a throw of 191’0”. After high school, Buss competed collegiately at Stanford University and was a four year letter winner in track and field. Buss was the 1980 hammer throw champion in the PAC-10 Championship, placed 3rd in the hammer throw in the N.C.A.A. Championship, and competed in the 1980 U.S. Olympic trials. Buss was also the founder, president and chairman of the board of the Osteomed Corporation of Dallas, Texas.

Linda (Hoffmann) Zeske (pictured above): Zeske graduated from Southwest High School in 1978. During her time at Southwest, Zeske competed in 11 events at the WIAA “Class A” state meet from 1975-1978, set a long jump record in 1977 of 18’ 7 3/4” that still stands today in the Green Bay metro area, earned 3rd place overall at the 1977 WIAA “Class A” state track meet, and earned 54 of 92 ½ points earned at the WIAA state track meet from 1970-1980 by female participants from the four Green Bay Area Public School District high schools. Zeske also set school records in long jump and low hurdles, and set records in long jump and 220 yard hurdles at WIAA state meets. Zeske’s FRVC highlights include: 1st place in 110 yard hurdles and long jump in 1975-1977, 1st place in the 880 yard relay in 1975, 1st place in the 220 yard dash in 1976, and 1st place in the 220 yard hurdles in 1977.

    • Brenda
    • January 17th, 2013

    Wow, what an accomplishment Linda…you must have inherited your talent from your Mom!

    • Mary Hermsen
    • February 15th, 2013

    Way to go, Linda! Is this in email format? I’d like to send it to some non FB- savvy people.

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