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Gerald D. "Jerry" WAUGH


Posted By: Sharon R Becker (email)
Date: 6/14/2010 at 01:59:24


Gerald D. WAUGH was born on September 3, 1945, the son of Clarence and Mary (SANDERS) WAUGH, and grew up on his parents' farm located southeast of Redding, Iowa, along with his brothers David and Richard. The WAUGH brothers attended school at Redding until the eighth grade, then finished high school at Mount Ayr.

Because the WAUGHS lived 14 miles from Mount Ayr and the boys were expected to help in the fields, it was difficult for Jerry to participate in fall and spring sports. Jerry's talent on the basketball court, however, was soon apparent to Raider Coach Dale HARRINGTON. Jerry began his sophomore season on the junior varsity team and soon had a place as a starter on the varsity team. Jerry set many Raider and Tall Corn Conference records in scoring and rebounding. Jerry was selected by Sports Illustrated as a potential high school All-American candidate. In 60 high school games, he scored 1,205 points for a 20-point a game career average. His 29.6 scoring average during his senior year was the highest in the State of Iowa during the 1962-63 season. During his senior year, Jerry played in 22 games, scoring 652 points and had 453 rebounds which was an unparalleled 20.6 rebound average per game.

During the 1962-63 season, the Raiders had a 19-3 record and made it to the sub-state tournament. In the sub-state game, Jerry had 36 rebounds during a loss to Atlantic.

The Omaha World Herald named Jerry to the All Southwest Iowa All-Star Team. The Iowa Daily Press Association, The Iowa Coaches Poll, and the Des Moines Register named Jerry to their second All-State Teams. Jerry graduated as one of the top three students in a class of 90.

Jerry was offered a partial scholarship to the University of Northern Iowa and a full scholarship to Iowa State University. Since Clarence had just purchased a new farm, it was an easy choice for Jerry to take the full scholarship. However, after a year at Iowa State, Jerry's scholarship was trimmed back due to an outstanding freshman line up coming in. Jerry was not assured playing time over the next three years. Jerry transferred to the University of Northern Iowa. After sitting on the bench for a year there, he began to play for the Panthers, setting scoring and percentage records that stand after 40 years:

40 points in a game agains North Dakota, 1967-68; tied by Cam JOHNSON 1993-94
#1 one year scoring average of 23.4 points per game
#2 career scoring average of 20.8 points per game
#8 free-throw % of .777%
#8 number of free throws made, 141
#28 total career points scored, 1,010 in 49 games played

Jerry was one of four UNI basketball players to be on an All-American Team. He was also selected among 36 collegiate players for the Olympic tryouts in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although Jerry was drafted by a new NBA team in Minnesota, he declined the offer.

Jerry graduated for UNI in 1968 with a degree in physical education and began his coaching career at Eldora, Iowa.

He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1970, and served his country stationed in Fort Sam Houston at San Antonia, Texas, for two years. Upon his honorable discharge, Jerry accepted a position at Atlantic High School.

Jerry's Atlantic basketball team made two state tournament appearances, winning 2nd place in 1977.

in 1978, Jerry accepted a position at Fort Dodge as an assistant high school principal. In 1980, he was the high school principal at Jefferson, Iowa. He was named the State Principal of the Year in Iowa in 1996 and the Milken Family Foundation Award for his outstanding work as a high school administrator in 1998. Jerry was the superintendent of schools at Grndy Center from 1998 until his retirement in 2003.

He began a new career as a real estate agent in West Des Moines with his wife Marcia as his business partner.

Jerry was inducted into the Iowa Boys Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. Jerry and Marcia's daughter Trisha was inducted into the Iowa Girls Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. They may very well be the only father-daughter inductees in the State of Iowa.

SOURCE: FETTY, Jack. Rings of Gold Pp. 131-136. Palindrome Pub. Co. Iowa. 2007.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010


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