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December 4, 2008

Brack Attack

Duncan wrestling coach going for 400th win

For 32 years, Tom Brack has served as an ambassador of wrestling for Stephens County. As a coach at Marlow, Comanche and Duncan, Brack’s teams have won state twice, finished runner-up 11 times and he has coached 26 state champions and four All-Americans.

In his tenure, he has also won 399 duals at both the high school and junior high level. Tonight, he can make it 400 when the Demons host Lawton Ike.

“When I started coaching, I didn’t think I would win 400 duals,” Brack said. “I never knew I would stay in coaching this long. You just take it one year at a time.

“It’s been fun, you just get up every day and keep going. I’m a little over the top. I’m just real competitive. I don’t like losing and the kids pick up on it.”

Kids have picked up on it well enough to make Brack one of the top coaches in the state. The transition to becoming a wrestling coach was natural for a Geary sixth-grade student who knew what he wanted to do with his life.

Growing up in a family of wrestlers that included five cousins who won state championships, it was preordained that Brack would become a wrestler himself.

Every year, Brack participated in grade school wrestling, setting a foundation for a high school career in which he finished as a state runner-up three times, breaking through for a state championship his senior year. Brack went on to wrestle at a junior college in Tonkawa and Central State before migrating to Duncan to take over the middle school program.

“I was pretty good at it and I knew that,” Brack said. “It was what I always wanted to do. When I graduated, Mike Redding hired me to coach the junior high. The only reason that I left was I knew Mike wasn’t ready to retire.”

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