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David J. Brubach

For the first time in SCSHOF history, high school coaches are being honored strictly for the sport of wrestling. To its credit, in voting in Dave Brubach and Bill Barger, the SCSHOF has chosen two of the most successful coaches in the Akron area. In his 35-year career, Brubach has built an outstanding reputation as a winner, a builder of wrestling programs and a dedicated coach to youth wrestling in both Summit and Stark Counties. As a result, his peers voted him into the Summit County (1984) and the Stark County (1996) Wrestling Coaches Halls of Fame. Brubach credits Larry Dessart, a 1986 SCSHOF inductee, as the biggest influence of his coaching career. Dessart was Dave's gym teacher in grade school, his wrestling coach at Akron East High School, his referee at many of his matches during his four-year wrestling career at The University of Akron, and his mentor when he became the wrestling coach at Akron North High School. Fresh out of UA in 1963, Brubach was hired to start a wrestling program at North - and build a program he did. During his 17-year tenure with the Vikings, Brubach compiled a dual meet record of 135-41-4, winning nine City Series titles, two sectional titles and one district championship. He coached 18 state qualifiers, eight state medalists and had one state champion. In 1980 he moved to Massillon Jackson High School to take over a program that never had a state medalist. While compiling a record of 93-40-1 in nine seasons at Jackson, Brubach coached 17 state qualifiers, 10 state medalists and three state champions. Mike Funk, one of those champions, went on to become a four-time All-American at Northwestern University. The last nine years Dave has been developing young wrestlers at Jackson Middle School.

Inducted 1999 | Coach