IWCOA Board Member Joe Cliffe to be inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the upcoming induction of Joseph Cliffe from Fairbury, Illinois into the NHSACA National Hall of Fame. This year’s induction ceremony for the Class of 2024 will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Dakota Ballroom at the Bismarck Hotel and Convention Center on June 25, 2024. This year’s class includes forty coaches from twenty-three states across the nation.

Coach Cliffe coached for over forty years at Georgetown, Plano, Fairbury (Prairie Central) and most recently El Paso-Gridley High School.  He has coached over 560 dual meet wins and eleven state champions.  He has also served on the board of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Official Association and was President from 2006-2007.  In addition, Coach Cliffe served on the Executive Committee of the NHSACA from 2013 through 2022.   He was President of the NHSACA in 2016-17 and again in 2018-19.

Coach Cliffe was selected for this national honor by Illinois Coaches Association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, and other specific state criteria. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has honored coaches from across the nation with induction into the NHSACA National Hall of Fame since 1996. Coach Joseph Cliffe will now be added to this illustrious list of coaches in honor of his outstanding career.

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