Bruce Wessman graduated from Cokato High School in 1967. In high school Bruce earned three letters in football, four letters in basketball and five letters in baseball. His senior year he was captain of the basketball team and was a 1,000 point career scorer. He was also captain of the football and baseball team that year. In 1968 he received the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Sportsman of the Year Award.
He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, graduating in 1971. While at Augsburg, he played basketball and football. In 1970 he was tri-captain of the football team and named to the All- MIAC team as a tight end. The same year he also made the All Lutheran Team. Bruce attended Augsburg to get a business degree, but played basketball and football and decided then he wanted to teach and coach.
Bruce came to Waseca in 1972 to teach in the physical education and health field. He taught seven years at Hartley and Southside, 17 years at Central Intermediate School and 10 years at the Junior High School. In 1992, Bruce was honored by his peers when they selected him as Waseca teacher of the year.
Bruce Wessman’s coaching career has continued just as long. In football, he spent 10 plus years as an assistant C squad, assistant B squad and assistant varsity coach. In basketball, he was the boy’s 9th grade coach for two years and 10 years as 7th and 8th grade girl’s coach. He was also softball head coach for 7 years. Wessman will be most remembered for the success he had as Bluejay tennis coach. He was the junior high boys coach four years, the boys head coach for 17 years and the girl’s head coach for 20 years. Many of these years he coached three sports. He spent football seasons with Jim Bratvold, Darryl Vilt, Terry Gilbertson and Bill Walter; basketball with Don Zwach, Jim Falenschek and Dave Zika; and tennis with Kyle Collins. Bruce Wessman has helped coach 14 South Central Conference tennis championships (9 girls, 5 boys) and six section titles (5 girls, 1 boys). He also won a conference title in softball and a conference title in football as an assistant coach.
Bruce retired last year after 34 years of teaching and coaching. He still keeps busy as a referee for junior high basketball, substitute teacher and substitute bus driver.
Bruce and his wife Sonia have three children, Joel, Jana and Leah and three grandchildren.