John Wrenn, a Northern Illinois University Athletics Hall of Fame icon has died earlier this week. Wrenn died at the age of 99.
He was inducted into the school Hall of Fame in 2004 after he coached football, wrestling, and tennis during his time at university.
His death cause was not posted nor revealed.
John was born in Chicago, where he attended Leo High School, he was a member of the U.S. Army during World War II.
After the war, he furthered his education by attending the University of Illinois, where he lettered as a guard on the football team in 1946 and ’47.
After his graduation, he became a teacher and coach at East Moline High School, never posting a losing season in 11 years as head coach of the East Moline football team.
In 1960, Wrenn came to NIU as an assistant football coach under Howard Fletcher, working alongside his fellow Hall of Fame coach until 1968.
Along with his football coaching duties, from 1960-62 Wrenn guided the NIU wrestling program for two years, mentoring Ray Guzak and Roy Conrad to NAIA National Championships in 1961.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in January 2022, on or around the date of what would have been his 100th birthday. Sympathy cards can be directed to Bette Wrenn, 7722 Fairway Woods Drive, Sarasota, Florida, 34238-2864.