John Swalec ’56, M.S. ’58, Ph.D. ’75, coached high school wrestlers as an undergraduate member of ISU’s wrestling team.
He placed in numerous conference tournaments as a Redbird. Swalec’s 1964 Joliet Junior College team was crowned national champions. He was responsible for gaining Olympic qualifying status for all junior college athletes, and coached aspiring Olympians. A wrestling official for 16 years, he refereed high school and collegiate events, including NCAA finals.
As a show of appreciation, Swalec has been inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Beyond his wrestling contributions, Swalec was an educator and is president emeritus of Waubonsee Community College.