2009 LeeEklund LIfetime Service (Large) (Large) (Small).jpgLee Eklund grew up in and around Rockford, Illinois. At Winnebago High School, Lee played football and was a sprinter and long jumper in track. He graduated from Winnebago High School and then enrolled at UW-Platteville, where he was a physics major.

After graduating from UW-P, Lee accepted a position at Wisconsin Heights High School. Although his assignments changed over the next forty years, Wisconsin Heights was the only place Lee ever taught. In addition to his math and science teaching assignments, Lee coached cross-country, basketball and track.

In 1965, Stan Andrews took over the fledgling wrestling program at Wisconsin Heights and in 1966 Lee became Stan’s assistant coach. That coaching partnership would last for the next 38 years.

During this time, WHHS produced five state champions. Jeff Voss, Dan O’Connell and Kevin Severson each won state titles, and Kyle Reeves was a two time state champ.

In addition to coaching, Lee was active as a WIAA official in wrestling, track and basketball.

In 1977, Lee bought his first computer, a TRS-80. He knew immediately that things would never be the same. He set up a scoring program for the 1978 Heights Invitational. He then set up the first computerized Wisconsin State Tournament scoring system in 1978.

His computer expertise spilled over into other sports as well. In 1981, Lee programmed the first Cross Country scoring system and in 1982, he set up the first track scoring system at Mansfield Stadium. It also spilled over into a new job for his at Wisconsin Heights. He became the technology coordinator, a position made necessary by the impact computers were having on education.

Using the computer to score the state wrestling tournament just simplified what Lee had already been doing. Lee served as official scorer for the state tournament beginning and 1971 and continued in that capacity until 1991 when he assumed the role of administrative assistant. That position ultimately led to Lee’s being named bout coordinator the state tournament. Altogether, Lee logged 37 years at the head table of the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

Lee retired from teaching 2003. He worked for three years with Jim Stephenson and Jeff Giese compiling wrestling statistics to be published in Wisconsin Wrestling 1940-2007.

Lee also started a personal business called Sports Data Service. The business computerizes statistics and results for the Capitol Conference.

Lee and his wife Peg live in Verona. Their son Eric is married to Heather and they are the parents of the Ecklund’s two grandchildren. Their daughter Jodi was married in May 2010.