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Jay Wollan

Jay Wollan graduated from River Falls High School in 1966.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching in 1970 and his Master of Teaching in History in 1988, both from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

In high school as an athlete Jay was a multiple sport participant and letter winner in basketball, cross-country, track, and baseball.  He set many school and conference records in basketball in his 1965 and 1966 seasons.  He was conference scoring champion in both the 1965 and 1966 basketball seasons and elected to the 1st Team All Conference Team two years in a row in basketball, 1965 and 1966.  In 1965 and 1966 the basketball team won conference titles and advanced to the regional game and in 1966 won the regional title going to sectionals at Spooner.  Wollan set numerous conference and school basketball records in 1965 and 1966:  Single game conference and school scoring record of 62 points in 1966; single game individual free throwing scoring record (tie) of 16 in 1966; single game conference and school field goals record of 23 in 1966; highest number of field goals in a single conference season of 159 in 1966, highest per game single season conference average of 27.3 points in 1966, highest conference points in a single season of 383 in 1966; highest point total in a single season of 568 in 1966; highest number of field goals total in a season of 235 in 1966; total points scored in a basketball career of 1057 points, all but 32 points coming in 1965 and 1966.  Wollan was elected to the All Northwest Basketball 1st Team Honors 1966 and elected to Wisconsin All State Basketball 3rd Team Honors in 1966.  He played 2 years of college basketball at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and lettered in tennis one year at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Wollan was in education for 41 years, teaching for 38 of those years, 36 in the Hudson School District.  He was involved in athletics throughout his career coaching and officiating in a variety of sports.  He coached boys and girls basketball at the middle school level, boys varsity track, girls JV softball, boys middle school football, as well as boys and girls varsity golf.  He also officiated boys basketball and football at all levels including varsity, for over 20 years.

Wollan’s wife is Linda and they have 3 children, Eric, Jerod, and Lindsey.  All of his children attended River Falls High School and were involved in athletics and the arts.  Jerod went to state in basketball and tennis, and both Eric and Jerod played college football.  Lindsey applied her talents to school plays and art.  Wollan has served on the city council for 6 years, 4 of those as the council president.  He has owned and operated several businesses over the years including 3 bowling establishments, a Dairy Queen and Dairy Hut, in a 16 year span.  He has been a life long resident of River Falls, active in church, politics, and youth sports.