Walter Thimm Thurnau 2022

Coach, Southwestern


  • Susquehanna Township High School, Harrisburg, PA —1961
  • Lock Haven State College, Lock Haven, PA—B.S. Secondary Social Studies—1966

Coaching Highlights

Southwestern Central High School

  • 1966-1976—Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • 1976-2010—Head Wrestling Coach
  • Varsity Record 297 – 79—2
  • Two Section VI Division 1 Championships
  • One Class B Section 6 Championships
  • 17 State Qualifiers
  • 2 State Champions (before there were classifications)

Jamestown Community College

  • Helped 19 wrestlers qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament
  • Named Region III Coach of the Year in 2002
  • Named NJCAA National Man of the Year in 2004

Special Honors and Achievements

  • Southern Tier Coach of the Year—1998
  • Jamestown Post Journal Coach of the Year
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement
  • Western New York Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Western New York Coaches Wrestling Hall of fame
  • Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame
  • Southwestern High School Hall of Fame

Professional Affiliations and Achievements

  • President of the Southern Tier Wrestling Coaches Association
  • President of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Coaches Association
  • President of the Southwestern Central School Board