Class of 1969
He earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Southern Oregon State college (1969-73). He was a four year letterman at SOSC and Evergreen Conference Champion in 1972 and 1973. He wrestled in the NAIA National Championships 2 times finishing 5th. He was named to the NAIA All American Wrestling team in 1973.
Vern teaches at Eielson High School in Eielson, Alaska. His wrestling teams have won 7 state championships and finished 2nd and 3rd in other years. He was named Alaska Coach of the Year in 1988. He was President of Alaska Wrestling Coaches from 1987-1990. Vern was inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993.