"Alumni Spotlight" Shines On '84 Algoma Wolves With Jim Benesh
12/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
By Paul Schmitt
Algoma ’84 graduate Jim Benesh is this week’s “Alumni Spotlight” nominee. Benesh played football, basketball and baseball at Algoma High School. He won a Packerland Conference championship during his junior year of football and played for the Algoma baseball team that won the Class B championship in 1983. He went on to UW- Oshkosh after graduation and then, in hopes of playing baseball, transferred to Lakeland College. Although shoulder and knee injuries curtailed his collegiate sports career, a coaching opportunity soon opened up at Algoma – where he helped Bruce Romdenne with the seventh-grade program. After returning to UW-Oshkosh for his physical education degree in 1990, Benesh accepted a position with the Sturgeon Bay school district. Principal Robert White offered him a job as the health and physical education teacher at the middle school. The one-year contract eventually turned into a 23-year tenure at Sturgeon Bay – one that continues today.
Reflecting on his favorite high school memories, Benesh remembers marquee games against Southern Door and an upset against Kewaunee in football during his senior year.
Benesh remembers that Kewaunee was always a big rivalry, but Southern Door’s teams always presented some of the biggest challenges during his high school career.
As far as what he misses most from high school sports, Benesh cites the competition and the friendships forged with teammates.
Benesh encourages current student athletes to never look back with any regrets. As a parent and coach, he knows that holding back is never a good option.
Benesh lives in Sturgeon Bay with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Hayley. He still teaches physical education at the Sturgeon Bay elementary schools, while also coaching varsity boys basketball and assisting with the varsity girls basketball program, on which his daughter plays. He also coaches varsity girls softball in the spring.