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Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll graduated from Rosemount High School in 1965, where he participated in football, basketball and track. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 1965-1970, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in Elementary and Physical Education.

Carroll played football for four years at UWRF, where he earned letters in 1966, 1967 and 1968 as a middle linebacker. He was the team's co-captain in 1968 and was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year both in 1967 and 1968. He was also named second team all-conference in 1968.

Carroll began his teaching and coaching careers in the fall of 1970, as a junior high social studies teacher, assistant football coach, head track coach and assistant basketball coach in the Mondovi school district.

In the summer of 1973 Carroll was hired as the physical education teacher and head football coach at Grantsburg High School, where he led the football team to conference championships in 1973 and 1974.  Both the 1973 and 1974 teams were undefeated.

In the summer of 1976 Carroll began his teaching and coaching careers at River Falls High School. He served as varsity football assistant in 1976 and 1977. He became the head football coach in the fall of 1978 and led the Wildcats for 12 years, through the 1989 season. His overall record was 78 wins and 37 losses, including five conference championships. His teams made four appearances in the WIAA State High School Football Playoffs, with the 1988 team winning a sectional championship, but were defeated 10-7 in the state semi-final game.

Carroll was named District Coach of the Year in 1984 and Region Coach of the Year in 1989. He served as an assistant coach on the North team in the 1983 Wisconsin Shrine Game and also served as the head coach of the 1990 North Shrine team.

He served as a District Representative on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association for seven years during the 1980s. He also served on the Advisory Council of the WIAA for six years.

Carroll became the Assistant Principal at RFHS in the summer of 1989 and held that position until the summer of 2001. In July of 2001 he became the principal at Baldwin-Woodville High School, and held this position until June of 2005 when retired for the field of education.

Carroll has been, and continues to be, very active in his community and church. He is a member of the River Falls Lions Club and was selected as the club's Lion of the Year in 1996 and was the club's president in 2012. He also is active at St. Bridget's Catholic Church, where he presently is serving on the Parish Council.

Carroll is a member of the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He and his wife Bonnie have been married for 43 years and have two wonderful adult children, Jim and Amy. Amy is married to Brian Olson and they have one son, Finn.

Carroll was recently asked what he enjoyed most about coaching the Wildcat football team for so many years. "I truly enjoyed coaching all the Wildcat teams no matter what their season record was," he said. "But the most enjoyment that I have, and continue to enjoy, is to see my former players, managers, trainers and cheerleaders be successful in their chosen careers, no matter what the career of choice is, and also to watch them become successful parents, citizens and just being good productive people in our world.

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