Coaching and Sports by James Padlock

From the early 80’s up to the present time, James Padlock has been coaching various middle school and high school teams. If he remembers correctly, his first coaching experience was back in 1982 when he served as Freshman Football Coach for Harding Jr. High School. Before his coaching career took off, however, James Padlock was a student-athlete. He was on the football and track teams of Tremper High School (for which he was inducted into the Kenosha Unified School District Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991); and football and track teams of COE College.

For anyone to be a good coach, you’d have to have experience playing the sport; and not just playing, but excelling and helping your team win game after game after game; at least that’s how James Padlock sees it.

James’ coaching experience includes the following:

  • Assistant Wrestling Coach, Northside High School – 2017 to 2018
  • Varsity Football DL Coach (7-3 record), JV Head Football Coach (6-3 record), and Head Track Coach; Fairmont High School – 2013 to 2014
  • Girls’ Head Soccer Coach, Wilmot High School – 2012
  • Head Wrestling Coach (career record 120-59-1) 26 state qualifiers and 8 place winners; Varsity Football OL Coach (7-3 record WIAA Football Playoff Appearance), Varsity Track Coach (Shot Put/Discus); Tremper High School – 1988 to 1999
  • Freshman Football Coach, Regis High School – 1984 to 1988

During his time with Regis High School, the football team was the undefeated city champs in 1985 (8-0) and 1987 (9-0). James Padlock was also the head wrestling coach for Regis High School in 1988, for which he was named as the 1988 Cedar Rapids Gazette Wrestling Coach of the Year.