(KMAland) -- One of the state’s greatest football and track coaches is the latest KMA Sports Hall of Fame announcement.
Former Hamburg coach Bob Weber will be posthumously inducted into our Hall of Fame for the 2018-19 class.
As the Wildcats head man, Coach Weber helped claim four consecutive state track titles from 1974 to 1977 and won 173 games over the course of a 21-year football coaching career.
Coach Weber’s son Doug joined Upon Further Review on Monday to talk about his father’s storied career.
“The four state track titles in a row and the runner-up (in football) was probably the biggest accomplishment,” Doug said, “outside of just getting the kids to play their hearts out for him.”
Weber led the Wildcats to 10 Corner Conference football championships and four state playoffs, including the runner-up in 1972.
“Watching the process (the players) went through and how hard they worked carries over to today,” Weber said. “Every year, I will have people come up to me and tell me how much my dad meant to them. It always means a lot to me.”
Over the two-decade plus coaching career, Weber’s teams posted just one losing record, had three undefeated seasons and won 69 games against just five losses over an eight-year period from 1972 to 1979.
To this day, Weber’s name is affixed to many honors, including the Bob Weber Trophy for the winning mile relay team at the Corner Conference meet.
“It speaks a lot to what he’s done,” Doug said. “He’s been gone a long time, and for those things to carry on, it says a lot about what he was and the people he impacted over the years.
“Kids that didn’t even know him still just run their hearts out to try to win that trophy. Coaches set it up so they have a chance to win it every year. It really means a lot to the family.”
Weber will be officially inducted into the KMA Sports Hall of Fame at a later date. He is one of four coaches in this year’s Hall of Fame. View the stories from previous announcements this year below.
Hear the complete interview with Weber from today's UFR linked here.
Previous announcements are linked below. Listen to KMA's Upon Further Review each day in August for a new Hall of Fame announcement.
Wednesday, August 1st - Dan Martinez, Red Oak (Coach)
Thursday, August 2nd - Ricky Williams, Riverside (Basketball)
Friday, August 3rd - 1989 Glenwood Wrestling (Team)
Monday, August 6th - Bill Blay, Griswold (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Tuesday, August 7th - Madison Frain Peterson, Creston (Softball)
Wednesday, August 8th - 2008 Lenox Football (Team)
Thursday, August 9th - Megan Winkelmann Ivusic, Nodaway Valley (Cross Country)
Friday, August 10th - Connie Shafar, Bedford (Basketball)
Monday, August 13th - Kadie Subbert, Stanton (Volleyball)
Tuesday, August 14th - Joyce Tiarks, Underwood (Coach)
Wednesday, August 15th - Tom Ramsey, Farragut (Coach)
Thursday, August 16th - Chaley Rath Hempel (Track & Field)
Friday, August 17th - 1999 Tarkio Girls Basketball (Team)