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Jack Klosterman
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2002 Individual Award Winner


As the center for the 1940 Centralia High School football team, Klosterman received All-State honors.  The team tied for the South Seven Conference title with an overall record of 8-2.

He was a member of the fabled Wonder Five basketball team of 1941. This team remains as one of the most notorious high school basketball teams in Illinois history. They finished 44-2 and won 42 consecutive games while taking third place at State.

Klosterman went to Southeast Missouri State University on a football scholarship. While there he played both football and basketball, and was regarded as one of their finest athletes of that era. In 1943, he was a starter for their NAIA National Basketball Championship team and received All-American honors.

After short stints as head football coach at St. Elmo (19-7-1) and Pana (11-7), he moved to Effingham in 1956 to become head football coach and athletic director. While there he turned out a record of 168-49-7 before retiring in 1980. He remained as athletic director through 1982.

His total record of 198-63-8, in thirty-one years, includes nine conference titles, six undefeated seasons, and two playoff appearances. Klosterman was twice named Coach of the Year by the Decatur Herald and Review.

In 1982, he was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.  Effingham named their football field in his honor in 1969 and in 2000 rededicated their new field as Klosterman Field. 

Klosterman passed away in October of 1991.



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