Season Topic - Who Is The Best NM HS Wrestling Coach Of All Time?


With over 1000 responses from the wrestling community on this seasons topic we are excited to release the results. We want to thank the wrestling community for their participation.

WINNER - HERB STINSON WITH 43 % OF THE VOTE

Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico

High School: Aztec High School (1970)

College: Dixie College (Utah) 1971, Southern Utah University 1971-1975

High School Accomplishments

  • Nine varsity letters – Football 4yrs / Wrestling 3yrs / Track 2 Yrs.

  • 3X State Tournament Qualifier

  • 3rd Place 1970 New Mexico State Championships

  • 1970 Outstanding Wrestler Of The Year - Aztec High School

College Accomplishments

  • AAU Greco Roman Nationals -5th Place

  • 1973 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships - 4th Place

  • 2X National Tournament Qualifier

Coaching Accomplishments

  • 535-92-5 Lifetime Record

  • Ranks #52 Nationally In All-Time Dual Match Wins

  • 171 Straight Dual Match Win Streak

  • 17 District Championship Teams (15 straight)

  • 12 State Championships Teams

  • 11 Consecutive State Championships Titles

  • 19 High School All Americans

  • 12 Academic All Americans

  • 65 individual state champions - Ranks 5th nationally All-Time

  • High School Best Dynasty Teams USA Wrestling Magazine - Ranked #5 All Time (1991-2001)

  • 1991 Ranked #26th In The Nation

  • Undefeated Seasons: 1988-89-90-91-92-93-95-96-97-99

  • Record For Most Individual State Tournament Placers: 1997 - 14 (District) 14 (State).

  • 6X NMAA Coach Of The Year

  • Record For Most Dual Match Wins In A Row: 1988-1994 (92Wins)

Honors

  • National High School Coaches Association’s - Coach of the Year 1991, 1995 & 2000.

  • 1991 USA Wrestling Magazine - Coach Of The Year

  • 6X NMAA 3A-A Coach Of The Year

  • New Mexico High School Coaches Association - Coach of the Year 1989, 1995, 1999 & 2001.

  • 1994 Teacher Of The Year – Aztec High School

  • 2012 Teacher Of The Year - Bayfield High School Colorado

  • 2017 NM Assistant Coach of the Year - Aztec High School

  • National Wrestling Coaches Association Section 6 - National Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Southern Utah University Coaching Factory Hall of Fame - Inaugural Class Of 2001

  • 1995 National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Association - National Wrestling Coach of the Year

  • New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall Of Fame - Class Of 1998

  • New Mexico Wrestling Hall of Fame - Inaugural Class Of 2004

  • National High School Athletics Coaches Association (NHSACA) Hall of Fame - Class Of 2004

  • Founder & Former Chairman Of The Aztec Municipal Schools Hall of Fame

  • 2018 Aztec City - Citizen of the Year