PLATTEVILLE — Longtime Platteville track and field and cross country coach Rob Serres will be inducted into the Wisconsin Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 8.
The Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Marriott West in Madison as part of the 2020 WISTCA Clinic.
Serres is part of the 12-person 2020 Hall of Fame Class that includes three coaches, six former athletes, including Lancaster’s Laura Massey (pole vault), and three contributors.
Serres has coached track and field at Platteville High School for the past 36 seasons, beginning as an assistant in 1984. He became the boys’ head coach in 1986 and has been the PHS girls’ head coach since 2000.
The Platteville boys have won an incredible 32 conference titles in Serres’ 34 years as their head coach. The Platteville girls have won 13 conference titles in Serres’ 20 years at their head coach.
The Platteville boys have also won 18 WIAA regional titles, six sectional titles and won the WIAA Division 2 state title in 1988 and 1989. The Hillmen also finished second in D2 at state in 1987 and 1993.
The Platteville girls have won seven regional titles and one sectional title, and finished second at state in Division 2 in 2012 under Serres’ guidance.
Serres has also coached 19 individual state champions, most recently Austin Jentz, who won the boys’ D2 discus last June. Over the span of his career, the Hillmen have sent 503 male and female athletes to compete at the WIAA State Track and Field meet, including his three children Tricia, Allie and Jace.
Serres will join former Platteville track and field coach Wilfred P. Hill, who was inducted into the WISTFCA Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 1990.
Serres and Hill account for nearly 75 years of PHS track and field success.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet dinner can be purchased on the WISTCA website at https://www.wistca.org/page/show/600834-hall-of-fame. Adult tickets at $30. Children tickets are $15.