Harry McGinnis - Head Coach
A native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Harry McGinnis enters his 28th. year as head coach at Triton College. A four-year letterman for Concordia High School, his collegiate career took place at nearby Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. While there, he was a four-time N.A.I.A. national qualifier and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in October 2003.
After completing his undergraduate degree, McGinnis was the head coach at Luther North (1978-80) and Holy Cross (1980-87) high schools. During that time, he coached one state qualifier, hosted and coached culture exchange teams versus New Zealand, Germany and Japan, and was an assistant coach with the 1996 Illinois Junior National Greco team. Also during this time, McGinnis completed his master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 1989, McGinnis became the head coach at Triton College. During his tenure, he has produced 137 national qualifiers, 31 All-Americans, 132 Academic All-Americans and had four of his All-Americans participate on the NJCAA national team that competed in Austria. His 1997 team was crowned NJCAA Division III National Champions, and he was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year. The 2003 team was named the NJCAA Coaches Association All-Academic team with a combined 3.28 GPA. McGinnis was named the Midwest Region’s Coach of the Year in 1998 and inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame as a coach in 2002. In March of 2004 he received the Bob Bubb Award for Coaching Excellence from the National Wrestling Coaches Association.
McGinnis has served as secretary/treasurer of the NJCAA Coaches Association from 2001-2003 and 2005-2010, Central District representative since 1994, Hall of Fame Committee member since 1995 and served as chairman of that committee from 2002-2011. In 2008 Harry was voted by his peers as the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Associations Man-of-the-Year. In 2014, McGinnis was inducted into the NJCAA Region 4 Hall of Fame as a coach and athletic administrator.
Harry and his wife, Linda, live in Maywood with their two children, Hannah (21) and Jonah (19).