KOHLER ATHLETIC TRADITION
1999 - DIVISION 4
1982 - CLASS C
1982 - CLASS C
2011 - DIVISION 3
JENNA SILVESTRI - 200IM, WIAA D2 (2016)
CASEY JOHNSON - #1 SINGLES, WIAA D2 (2016 & 2017)
1946, 1947, 1948, 1950 1951, 1953, 1958, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1979
1970, 2011, 2013
1941, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1958, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1994
1978, 1982, 1987
1967, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1988
1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1982, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2017
2006, 2015, 2016
2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
1946, 1947, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1991
1974, 1976, 1980, 1982
The dedication of the Kohler High School athletic field took place on October 8, 1976. It was officially named Ebben Field during a special ceremony held prior to the football Homecoming game. The field was named in memory of two great former teachers and coaches at Kohler Schools, Leo and Roy Ebben, with the presentations being made by Herbert Kohler and Harold Paukert.
Leo Ebben was the first male faculty member of the high school. He began teaching at Kohler Schools in 1925 and continued in that position for a remarkable forty-three years until his retirement in 1968. He taught industrial arts and served as athletic coach during some of his years.
Roy Ebben began teaching in Kohler in 1934 and remained until 1955 when he joined the Kohler Company. He served as an instructor of mathematics, biology, and social studies along with being athletic director and head football and basketball coach. He became part-time recreation director of the Kohler Company in 1944, then was named full-time director in 1955, eventually becoming personnel director in 1966.
As a high school coach he was fabulously successful, compiling on of the most astonishing - if not THE greatest - records in state prep athletics.
When he resigned in April of '55 he had made the name of Blue Bombers synonymous with excellence - and a name to be not only respected but feared by other teams throughout the area. This despite having to produce football and basketball teams from a student body of well under 100 enrollment.
In basketball he won seven conference championships and finished second four other times in 19 seasons after taking over as head coach in the middle of the 1936-37 campaign. His over-all record shows 285 wins and 132 losses. Over a 15 year period he never had a losing season.
More, during his last decade and a half the Bombers utterly dominated WIAA District Tournament basketball winning championships in 1941-3-4-5-6-7-8-9'-50-1-2-3 - and his 1950 team made it to the Madison Finals while the state tournament was still a one-class event involving schools of all sizes.
In football the small size of the Kohler school (with only 25-40 boys in school) made it necessary to play 6-man football and from 1941 on he won six league championships in seven years. the school began finding it increasingly difficult to find 6-man opponents, however, and briefly tried 8-man ball before switching to the present 11-man game.
Over a 14-year period his grid teams won a remarkable 87 games, lost 12, and tied 2. He also assisted longtime coaching friend Glen Funk in track, helping produce numerous state Class C championships.
Roy's football and basketball teams compiled amazing records, and he became one of the most successful coaches in Wisconsin high school sports history.
The Ebben brothers were instrumental in creating the great winning tradition that has existed at Kohler Schools over the years.
GLENN P. FUNK
Kohler High School Track Invitational named in his honor. Born July 19, 1918 and Died May 23, 1995. Coached Track from 1946-1972. The man could coach! Over 28 years his many accolades included:
Started the Boys' Track Program and led his team to:
- 7 Conference Championships
- 19 Sectional Championships
- 13 State Championships
- 4 times State Championship Runner-Up
- 1st Place Madison Relays 1957 & 1968
- Inducted Charter Member of the Wisconsin Track Hall of Fame in 1990
Glenn not only coached great athletes but his success may be attributed to his eye for talent, skill in developing it, and ability to inspire. As such he earned his nickname "Grand Funk". Glenn married Mary Mil (Arndt) in 1943. They had four children: Margaret, Martha, John, and Mary.