John Woodworth Wilce was born March 12, 1888, in Rochester, N.Y., and got his first taste of the Western Conference (later the Big Ten) when he became a three-sport letterman at the University of Wisconsin. Wilce earned all-conference honors as a fullback with the Badgers in 1909, and then went into coaching.
Following his graduation from Wisconsin, he took over the program at La Crosse High School before returning to his alma mater as an assistant professor of physical education and an assistant football coach. The Badgers were one of the country's top programs at the time and had won the 1912 Western Conference title with an undefeated record.
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