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James A. "Jim" Husk

Inducted 2002

James Husk, 60, has built the Miami Southridge wrestling program into a perennial state championship contender. In his 26 years at the school, he has compiled a 402-37-3 record and has coached the Spartans to seven state titles. This year, Husk and the Spartans fell just one-half point shy of an eighth state title, claiming their fourth state-runner up finish.

Husk began his coaching career in 1965 at Miami’s Archbishop Curley High School. He then accepted a coaching position at Southwest Miami High School where he coached for eight years. In 1977, he made his final move to Miami Southridge.

Husk’s 38-year career record is 549-67-4. He leads the nation among active wrestling coaches with 127 career tournament victories. While coaching the Spartans, Husk has won 17 district championships, 14 regional championships and has been named Florida Coach of the Year eight times and Region Coach of the Year three times.

Athletes who have graduated from Husk’s wrestling program have earned approximately $3 million in scholarships and have taken with them his philosophy – “We don’t make excuses, we aim to win championships.”