Aug. 28, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Jim Haines always expected the best from himself. That inner drive led to one of the more prolific careers among Wisconsin Badger wrestlers, a career that has earned him a spot as the 11th member of the wrestling program in the UW Athletic Department Hall of Fame.
Former UW wrestling head coach Russ Hellickson once described Haines as, "a man who had turned expectation into achievement." And Haines certainly achieved plenty during his wrestling career after finding his way to UW as a walk on for the Badgers in 1973.
Haines put together a 92-25-4 record in four years of competition at UW, culminating in a national title and All-America honors at 118 lbs. in 1977. In that time Haines not only shined on the mat in Madison, but on the national and international stages as well.
The Arcadia, Wis., native took home freestyle silver medals at the 1975 Pan American Games, the 1979 World Championships and the 1979 Tbilisi Tournament. Haines was also an Olympian, competing in the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. He won the 1980 US Olympic Trials, but did not compete due to the United States' boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow.
Following his wrestling career, Haines again found success on another field of play as a high school softball coach. Haines coached Pepin High School (Pepin, Wis.) from 1986 until 2005, racking up four top-two state tournament finishes, including state titles in 1995 and 1998.
With all the success Haines has had over his athletics career he is no stranger to hall of fame induction ceremonies. In 1986 he was inducted into the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame for his contributions to the growth of the sport in Wisconsin, and he's also a member of the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
UW Athletic Communications