When Jim LaBrosse was hired as Park’s head wrestling coach 10 years ago, the first person he brought on board was Scott Hallock.
Hallock is now calling it quits after 10 years as an assistant for the Wolfpack.
“I am proud to have been able to coach along with him these past 10 years,” LaBrosse said. “He is a true friend and an excellent coach. It’s hard to see him go but life has other challenges for him to pursue. I am sure he will still be around on occasion.”
Prior to coaching at Park, his alma mater, LaBrosse coached in Hudson, Wis., for eight seasons. That’s where he first became acquainted with Hallock.
“He had coached at Hudson prior to my time,” LaBrosse said. “I heard how good he was and how well liked he was by the parents and wrestlers. It was a no-brainer with his past experience as a coach and his individual wrestling background along with his state tournament appearances.”
Park senior David Giadyu, a two-time state entrant and team captain for the Wolfpack, said Hallock has been an important figure in his life.
“Coach Hallock and coach LaBrosse have meant a lot to me,” Giadyu said. “They’ve been like parents and guardians. They have done a lot for me.”
Giadyu said Hallock taught him a lot the past four years.
“Coach Hallock really cares about his wrestlers,” he said. “He wouldn’t let you down if you don’t let him down. He’s a very good guy. I respect him a lot for who he is.”
Giadyu said Hallock and LaBrosse share a lot of the same traits and coaching styles.
“They’re almost the exact same people,” Giadyu said. “Coach Hallock is very straight forward. They’re best friends and built a good program at Park. They don’t let us slack off. They yell at us at the right times. They don’t yell at you to knock you down, they yell at you to pick you up. That’s what I think separates those guys from some other coaches.”
Something that stood out to Giadyu about Hallock and LaBrosse is there honest, straight-forward approach.
“They tell you the truth,” Giadyu said. “If you come to practice and you’re not working you’re not going to be successful. But, if you come to practice every day and bust your butt you’re going to be alright. I believed everything they told me.”
This past season Park went 7-2 in the Suburban East Conference and was ranked as high as 15th in Class AAA as a team. The Wolfpack also won the District 833 championship, placed second at the Chisago Lakes Legends Tournament, had four wrestlers ranked in the top 10 in their weight class, and sent three wrestlers to the state tournament.
Giadyu said he gives a lot of credit to his coaches for his success.
“They told me if I work my butt off I’m going to go to state someday,” Giadyu said. “I worked hard and I was able to do it. There were days I wanted to give up, but they told me champions are made by hard work.”
Current Park assistant Andy Spraetz will now step up to fill Hallock’s position with the team.
LaBrosse said he’s confident Spraetz will do a great job. However, he said Hallock will be missed by the wrestlers and coaches at Park.
“He has meant so much to this program and has done so much for it,” LaBrosse said. “He has always has a positive attitude and gets along so well with the kids. He has done pretty much everything at the coaching level.”