Terry Haws

The late Terry Haws was born in a small southern Minnesota town of Tracy and grew up loving sports.

He would go on to become a coaching icon over his illustrious career, first establishing and building wrestling programs at St. James High School (1948-67) and St. Cloud Cathedral High School (l958-67), before coming to St. John's University.

During his tenure in Collegeville, Haws compiled an impressive 73-10-1 dual record, won three MIAC conference titles (l977, '72, '73), two national Catholic titles (l971,'72) produced 16 MIAC conference champions, 11 national Catholic champions, six NAIA All-Americans and one NAIA National Champion.

Sadly, he died of a massive heart attach at age 49.

At the time of his death, his St. John's team held the nation's longest dual meet win streak of 51 consecutive victories, which currently ranks third among all college wrestling programs, any division.

He was named 1972 national Catholic "College Wrestling Coach of the Year."

The coaching career of Haws spanned 26 years.

At the time of his death, on Feb. 2, 1973, he had coached wrestling longer than any coach in the history of Minnesota.

Prior to Haws' St. John's coaching dynasty he was highly successful at the high school level.

Starting at St. James High School in 1948 where he taught chemistry, biology, mathematics and served as boy's guidance counselor. He started his coaching career as an assistant basketball coach. The next year he took over as head wrestling coach ('49), starting the wrestling program at St. James. His teams (1949-58) accumulated a dual meet record of 67-28 and were conference team champions in l958. He also served as head football coach, going 8-0 in l957, winning the conference title and ranked #3 in the final Minnesota high school football poll.

On to St. Cloud Cathedral High School in l958, he started as a math and biology teacher and boys guidance counselor. He served as athletic director from l961 to l967. As a football coach his teams went 43-25, winning three conference titles. As head wrestling coach (1959-l967) his teams were l09-18-3.

He also started the wrestling program at Cathedral High School in 1958. During the era of the Minnesota Catholic High School League, his Cathedral teams won five state titles in eight years. They won six region titles and seven conference titles. They had a 31 dual meet win streak from l962-1965. In addition to his five team titles, his wrestlers won 37 individual state titles.

Coach Haws was known as "Mr. Wrestling" in the Minnesota Catholic High School League.

Haws went to St. John's University in l967. He served as physical education chair from l970 to l973. He was also assistant track coach in 1968 and assistant football coach from 1967-1972. At the time he was the only assistant coach under legendary football coach John Gagliardi. Haws also served as head golf coach from l968 to l972. St. John's won their first MIAC conference golf title in l969.

As an athlete, Haws never wrestled. He first learned the sport from The Navy Manual of Wrestling. Terry played college football, three years at Mankato State College and one year at Iowa State University. He also played one season of Service football while stationed in Eugene, Oregon.

Haws was well-liked and greatly respected by his peers. He was intense on the mat, but a great guy off the mat.

Haws is survived by his wife Kathleen, and nine children Patrick, Kevin, Loras, Brian (deceased), Maureen, Kathryn, Thomas, William, Rosemary and Margaret (Peggy).

Terry Haws will always be remembered as one of Minnesota's greatest coaching legends.

He proved his greatness with the major success he had at each school he coached, and each athlete he influenced along the way.


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