Terry Pliner dies at 74; longtime coach set relay record at LisleTerry Pliner, a longtime Wisconsin coach who did a range of events, died Jan. 7, three days before his 75th birthday, reports Bob Osterhoudt. Bob writes: “Shortly after we last saw Terry at Nationals, he suffered a recurrence of his lymphoma/melanoma, stood another surgery in respect to it, passed through an experimental drug program to treat it, and fought very hard for his life. In late December, however, a bout with influenza and congestive heart failure incited the pneumonia that killed him… His obituary appeared in the Green Bay Press-Gazette earlier this week. His wife is Virginia Pliner at 1321 Delray Drive, Green Bay, WI 54304. Jerry (Feldhausen, a longtime, track-and-field friend of Terry) also told me how much the modest record we managed in Lisle meant to Terry, all the more reason perhaps to do what we might to see it through to ratification.” Terry was a member of the SoCal Track Club, and he was part of the M70 team that set a shuttle hurdles American record at Lisle nationals with Fred Niedermeyer, Bob Osterhoudt and Terry Rowan.
Here’s the full obituary for posterity:
Longtime track and field coach Pliner dies at 74
Terry Pliner, a longtime area track and field coach at the high school and collegiate level, died Jan. 7 following a battle with cancer.
Pliner, 74, was the head menâ€™s track and field coach at St. Norbert College from 1980 to 1989, and was an assistant from 1974 to 1979. He also was the head womenâ€™s track and field coach from 1985 to 1991.
At the time of his death, he was an assistant coach at Green Bay Notre Dame. Prior to coaching at St. Norbert, Pliner coached at Green Bay Premontre and St. Agnes Grade School.
St. Norbertâ€™s first national champion, Laura Salm, claimed the NCAA Division III indoor high jump title under Plinerâ€™s tutelage in March 1991.
Pliner is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia; and three children, Todd, Shelley Schumacher and Lynne Van Hollen, who he all coached at St. Norbert.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., in Green Bay, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Friends may also call at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane in Ashwaubenon, from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park.