In 25 years of excellence at Sheboygan Falls High
School, Dan Juedes never coached a varsity football
team to a losing record.
His perennially well-prepared, fundamentally sound
program captured 12 conference titles and made the
playoffs 19 times. His undefeated 2000 team won the
WIAA Division 3 state championship.
Friday, Juedes confirmed that he is retiring as
head coach of the highly successful Falcons' program.
He told his players Wednesday, and will submit the
official paperwork on Monday.
"It was a tough decision, because I love this
program, and it's been such a huge part of my life,"
Juedes said. "But the biggest thing is, I don't feel I
can do justice to this program as a head coach, while
at the same time being a dad."
Juedes, 54, said he's stepping aside so he can
spend future fall weekends watching his two oldest
sons' college football teams play. Dieter will be a
redshirt junior quarterback at UW-Oshkosh, and Jacob
will likely redshirt his freshman season at the
University of Nebraska-Omaha. Though Jacob likely will
not play this upcoming season, Dan Juedes said he,
wife Shelley and youngest son Bryce plan a few trips
to Omaha to soak up the gameday atmosphere.
"That's 99.9 percent of what's behind this," Dan
Juedes said of his planned trips to Oshkosh and Omaha.
"If my boys weren't playing college football, I
wouldn't (be retiring). We need to get out and see
Juedes, a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches
Association Hall of Fame, retires with a career record
of 206-60. According to the WFCA Web site, his number
of wins is tied for 33rd all-time in state history.
"What an outstanding coach," said Jim Beaver, head
coach at Plymouth from 1979-1995 and current offensive
coordinator for the Panthers.
"We had a great rivalry. His teams were always
superbly prepared for every situation. His kids were
always so emotionally ready to play, and he got every
ounce of talent out of his teams."
Beaver, who went 104-54 in his stellar career as a
head coach, said with a chuckle that he always tried
to start prepping for Falls two weeks before the
annual matchup between the Eastern Wisconsin
"I knew they'd have us scouted so well, and you
just didn't find weaknesses when you looked at them.
Most teams, you find some loopholes. His were so well
prepared. He must have watched hours and hours of
film. We just had some great, great battles. What a
Dan Juedes said he'd like to stay on as an
assistant coach at Falls, possibly serving as a
freshman or junior varsity coach. He stressed that he
will gladly serve his successor from the background,
realizing "there can be only one boss. I will offer
whatever is wanted and needed."
There is no successor in line, Juedes said, adding
that the school will likely launch a state-wide
"They should advertise the position," he said. "I
want them to draw a high-quality individual. I think
it's going to be a great program. We've got four
practice fields, a good varsity field and as good a
weight room as there is in the state. I do think we
need to make some improvement in our feeder program,
and I hope our youth program is ready to embrace some
As Dan Juedes prepares to embrace change in his
life, he knows he'll miss orchestrating the X's and
O's, running the long Sunday afternoon film breakdowns
with his staff and of course, the many wins his dogged
preparation helped yield.
But what he'll miss the most, he said, are the
people he's met. People like former player Pat
Grusznski, a 143-pound starting center on Juedes'
first team at Falls (1982) who is now the head junior
varsity coach at Sheboygan North.
"He appreciated the hard workers," Grusznski said.
"And as a coach, he had a way of taking the basics and
really polishing them up. He also built confidence.
Usually for us, it wasn't whether we were going to
win, but by how much.
"The other thing about him is, he's a lot funnier
than people might realize. He made the game fun. He
understood that it can be serious, but still fun."
Coaching the game was both for the demanding,
hard-working man who always put a winning product on
"You look back, and 25 years as a head coach sure
went by fast," Juedes said. "The highlight is the
relationships you form with players and the great
coaching friendships you establish all over the state.
It's that dedication, the sweat and tears you share
with your teams, that means the most. I have been very
Dan Juedes' career milestones
* 1985: Wins first of 12 EWC titles and makes first
of 19 playoff appearances
* 1987: Finishes 12-1 and guides Falcons to their
first WIAA Division 3 state championship game
appearance, a 29-28 loss to Hayward
* 1994: Wins 100th career game, 47-0 over New
Holstein on Sept. 23
* 2000: Wins state championship with 41-0 victory
over Green Bay Notre Dame in Division 3 title game on
Nov. 16 at Camp Randall Stadium, as Falcons rush for a
Division 3 record 469 yards
* 2005: Becomes the 40th coach in state history to
win 200 career games with a 37-13 victory over New
Holstein on Oct. 20
Dan Juedes' year-by-year records
1985 8-2 EWC champ, playoffs
1987 12-1 EWC champ, Div. 3 state runners-up
1988 10-2 EWC champ, state semifinalist
1990 8-3 EWC champ, 2nd round playoffs
1991 8-3 2nd round playoffs
1992 9-2 EWC champ, 2nd round playoffs
1993 10-1 EWC champ, 2nd round playoffs
1995 8-2 Playoffs
1996 9-2 2nd round playoffs
1997 10-2 EWC champ, 3rd round playoffs
1998 6-4 Playoffs
1999 11-2 EWC champ, state semifinalist
2000 14-0 EWC champ, Div. 3 state champions
2001 9-2 EWC champ, 2nd round playoffs
2002 8-2 EWC champs, playoffs
2003 6-4 Playoffs
2004 9-3 EWC champs, 3rd round playoffs
2005 7-3 Playoffs
2006 6-4 Playoffs
Career 206-60 (12 EWC titles, 19 playoff berths)