Governance Board Member
Bill Collar taught high school history and coached football and track for 35 years. The last 29 years at Seymour High School. Recognized as Wisconsin Teacher of the Year and Wisconsin Football Coach of the Year, Bill retired from the classroom and gridiron in 2001. He coached state champions in football and track. Bill is a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the UW-La Crosse Wall of Fame and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. A former football captain and all-conference player, Collar was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by UW- La Crosse. A past president of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, Bill is a recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award for football in Wisconsin.
A unique motivational speaker, Bill combines a rich treasure of motivational principles with common sense and humorous anecdotes. His enthusiasm is contagious as he draws upon personal experiences and the lives of great Americans to tailor his presentation to the interests of the audience. Having taught classes in goal setting and motivation at Fox Valley Technical College and UW-La Crosse, Collar’s formula for success is based on time-tested concepts. Still active in educational circles, he teaches graduate level classes for the University of St. Thomas and the University of La Verne in Oceanside, CA.
Bill has spoken with audiences ranging from the Riddell Athletic National Sales Staff to the Wisconsin State School Superintendent’s Convention. A regular presenter to the Wisconsin Badger Football Team, former coach Barry Alvarez referred to Collar as, “the player’s favorite speaker at camp.”
Possessing a keen sense of humor and a flair for the dramatic, Bill has portrayed “Hamburger Charlie” the originator of the hamburger on the Food Channel, the Travel Channel and the Discovery Channel. Active with the Home of the Hamburger organization, past president of the Seymour Library Board and current president of the Seymour Historical Society, Bill demonstrates positive leadership and effective communication in his community. In 2007 he was named Seymour’s “Most outstanding citizen.”
Since his retirement from the classroom, Bill has authored two books: Exceeding the Standards: Teaching with Pride, Poise, and Passion, and It’s More Than A Game!, a character-building book for youth. Bill and his wife Holly have raised three daughters and presently stay busy following the activities of their seven grandchildren.