Induction Year: 2013
One of the most recognizable faces at sporting events throughout Superior, whether it is on the sidelines or in the stands is that of Bernie Tomzak. A Superior native and a coaching veteran, Mr. Tomzak enters the UW-Superior Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award in 2013.
Mr. Tomzak played four seasons of basketball at UW-Superior and graduated in 1958. For the next 32 years, Mr. Tomzak was a teacher and a coach, spending time in the Woodville, Wisconsin and Superior school districts. He coached numerous sports during his tenure, and at one time guided a team to the Little League World Series.
At Superior High School, Mr. Tomzak coached golf, basketball and baseball and later held the position of athletic director, a post he remained in until his retirement. In addition to coaching and teaching, Mr. Tomzak spent 28 years as a high school basketball official, and on several occasions was selected to officiate in the state basketball tournament.
Even in retirement, Mr. Tomzak still continues to serve in a coaching capacity with many teams in Superior and is a regular at Yellowjacket sporting events.
Away from the gym and field, Mr. Tomzak has been a volunteer mentor for students at Superior Middle School, helping kids create flower boxes for the Golden Living Center in Superior. He also remains active as a volunteer at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Superior.