Jack Wink
Wink from 1944 Michiganensian
Biographical details
Born(1922-08-03)August 3, 1922
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DiedSeptember 16, 1995(1995-09-16) (aged 73)
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1948New London HS (WI)
1949–1951Wayne State (NE)
1952–1955Stout / Stout State
1956–1964St. Cloud State
Ice hockey
1956–1968St. Cloud State
1953–1956Stout / Stout State
Head coaching record
Overall54–73–7 (college football)
69–69–2 (college ice hockey)
13–25 (college baseball
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCC (1949)

Jack S. Wink (August 3, 1922 – September 16, 1995) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1942, 1946–1947) and University of Michigan (1943). He served in the United States Marine Corps during both World War II and the Korean War. He later served as a teacher and coach at Wayne State College, University of Wisconsin–Stout, and St. Cloud State University.

Early years

Wink was born in 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the son of Elmer and Jane (Florscyzk) Wink.[1] His father was a city fireman.[2] Wink attended Milwaukee Boys Tech High School.

Playing career

Wink attended the University of Wisconsin and played quarterback for the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team. The following season, he played at the University of Michigan as a marine trainee. Wink started two games as quarterback for the 1943 Michigan Wolverines.[3] After World War II, he returned to Wisconsin, lettering for the 1946 and 1947 Wisconsin football teams. As a senior in 1947, he was named the team's honorary captain at a postseason banquet.[4]

Coaching and teaching career

Wink served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1946 before returning to Wisconsin to complete his master's degree. After graduating from Wisconsin, he served as the head football coach and a physical education teacher at New London High School in New London, Wisconsin during the 1948 season.[5][6]

In July 1949, Wink was hired as head football coach by Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska.[7] He served as the head football coach at Wayne State from 1949 to 1951,[5] compiling a record of 21–6 with an undefeated 9–0 season and a conference championship in 1949.[8][9]

In April 1952, Wink was hired as the head football coach at The Stout Institute, now known as the University of Wisconsin–Stout, in Menominee, Wisconsin.[10][11] He held that position for four years and also coached the baseball team at Stout.[5]

In May 1956, Wink was hired as head football coach by St. Cloud State Teachers College, now known as St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.[12] He was the head football coach at St. Cloud for nine years from 1956 to 1964, compiling a record of 25–45–5. Wink also coached the men's ice hockey team at St. Cloud State from 1956 to 1968, tallying a mark of 69–69–2. In April 1968, Wink resigned his coaching position at St. Cloud, though he continued to serve as director of intramural athletics. He also continued until 1984 as an instructor in the department of health, physical education and recreation.[1][5][13]

Family and later years

Wink was married to Virginia Warnecke in 1948. They had two daughters, Deborah and Wendy.[1] He died in September 1995.[1]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wayne State Wildcats (Nebraska College Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Wayne State 9–0 8–0 1st
1950 Wayne State 6–3 5–2 T–2nd
1951 Wayne State 6–3 5–2 3rd
Wayne State: 21–6 18–4
Stout / Stout State Blue Devils (Wisconsin State College Conference) (1952–1955)
1952 Stout 3–5 2–3 6th
1953 Stout 1–7 0–5 T–9th
1954 Stout 2–5–1 1–3–1 8th
1955 Stout State 2–5–1 0–4–1 T–8th
Stout / Stout State: 8–22–2 3–15–2
St. Cloud State Huskies (Minnesota State College Conference / Northern Intercollegiate Conference) (1956–1964)
1956 St. Cloud State 6–2–1 2–1–1 2nd
1957 St. Cloud State 0–7–1 0–3–1 5th
1958 St. Cloud State 1–6–1 0–3–1 6th
1959 St. Cloud State 2–6 1–4 5th
1960 St. Cloud State 3–5 2–3 T–3rd
1961 St. Cloud State 1–6–1 0–4–1 6th
1962 St. Cloud State 5–3–1 2–2–1 3rd
1963 St. Cloud State 6–3 3–2 T–3rd
1964 St. Cloud State 1–7 0–5 6th
St. Cloud State: 25–45–5 10–27–5
Total: 54–73–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

College ice hockey

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Cloud State Huskies (Independent) (1956–1968)
1956–57 St. Cloud State 5–6–0
1957–58 St. Cloud State 4–5–0
1958–59 St. Cloud State 6–6–0
1959–60 St. Cloud State 11–2–0
1960–61 St. Cloud State 12–1–0
1961–62 St. Cloud State 12–0–0
1962–63 St. Cloud State 5–1–1
1963–64 St. Cloud State 3–2–1
1964–65 St. Cloud State 5–4–0
1965–66 St. Cloud State 4–10–0
1966–67 St. Cloud State 1–14–0
1967–68 St. Cloud State 1–18–0
St. Cloud State: 69–69–2
Total: 69–69–2

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ a b c d "Jack Wink, 73, St. Cloud". St. Cloud Times. September 18, 1995. p. 4.
  2. ^ 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census entries for Elmer Wink and family identify him as a fireman. These records are available through Ancestry.com.
  3. ^ "1943 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Jack Wink is Named Captain of the Badgers". Telegraph Herald. Associated Press. December 10, 1947. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d "Wink's Resignation Announced by State". St. Cloud Daily Times. April 3, 1968. p. 29.
  6. ^ "Jack Link to Coach At New London High". Wisconsin Rapids (Wis.) Daily Tribune. May 29, 1948. p. 6.
  7. ^ "Jack Wink Named Grid Coach at Wayne State". Wilmington (DE) Morning News. July 26, 1949. p. 20.
  8. ^ King Grundman (August 28, 1956). "King's Corner". The St. Cloud Daily Times. p. 17.
  9. ^ "Ex-Badger Ace Jack Wink Completes Unbeaten Year". The Sheboygan (Wis.) Press. November 8, 1949. p. 14.
  10. ^ "Wink Named Coach At Stout". The Daily Telegram, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. April 29, 1952. p. 12.
  11. ^ "Jack Wink, Badger Grid Star, Back in Wisconsin". The Daily Telegram, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. August 4, 1952. p. 9.
  12. ^ "Wink Named New Grid Coach at TC". The St. Cloud Daily Times. May 25, 1956. p. 5.
  13. ^ "Wink 'Enjoyed' 9 Seasons: Tenure as Huskies' Coach Comes to End". St. Cloud Daily Times. November 13, 1964. p. 13.