Charlie Moore, formerly of Fairbury, and Jim Miller of Omaha were inducted last week into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a banquet in Des Moines.
Moore was the Jeffs' longtime boys basketball coach, leading them to three Class B titles in the 1970s, and coached girls basketball and track and field in Fairbury. In retirement he and his wife, Sharon, led a fund drive for a new athletic complex in the community. His 50th year in coaching was as an assistant track coach this past season at Lincoln Pius X.
Miller was a three-time state championship girls basketball coach at Omaha Marian who later became the school's athletic director. He continues in retirement to coach the school's girls golf team, which won six consecutive state titles from 2005 to 2010.
Coaches' association announces awards
World-Herald girls coach of the year Diane Rouzee of Grand Island Northwest is among the major award winners to be honored July 21 by the Nebraska Coaches Association.
Rouzee will receive the NCA Volleyball Award for excellence in her sport.
Also to be honored at the NCA's banquet at the Old Lincoln Train Station-Great Hall in Lincoln's Haymarket are Randy Carpenter of Lexington with the NCA Girls Basketball Award, Brent Abrams of Tekamah-Herman with the Guy Mytty Award for wrestling; Larry Pritchett of Grant with the Ed Johnson Award for boys basketball; Lyle Moeller of Norfolk with the Binnie & Dutch Award for track and field; Jeff Bellar of Norfolk Catholic with the Skip Palrang Award for football; Ted Larson of Lincoln with the new NCA Cross Country Award; and Harold “Swede” Hawkins with the new NCA Golf Award.
Jim Carmichael of NET and Bobby Mills of Grand Island will receive Media Awards and Dick Beechner of Kearney will be honored as a Friend of High School Sports.
Coaches of the year
Boys basketball: Kevin Scheef, Wahoo; Girls basketball, Mike Herzberg, Grand Island Northwest; Boys cross country, Sean McMahon, Fremont; Girls cross country, Kirk Skiles, Lincoln East; Football, Jeff Ashby, Giltner; Golf, Mimi Ramsbottom, Elkhorn South; Soccer, Marla Grier, South Sioux City; Softball, Keith Engelkamp, Omaha Skutt; Swimming, Tracy Stauffer, Millard West; Tennis, Matt Wiemers, McCook; Boys track, Jim Barker, Scottsbluff; Girls track, Tony Allen, O'Neill St. Mary's; Volleyball, Diane Rouzee, Grand Island Northwest; Wrestling, Wes Boehm, Omaha Burke
Assistant coaches of the year (Jim Farrand Memorial Awards)
Stan Erks, Centennial; Warren Osborn, Scottsbluff; Ann Purdy, Grand Island Northwest; Rick Watson, North Bend
Service awards—50 years: Ron Peck, Bancroft-Rosalie
40 years: John Farrand, Lincoln East; Dave Irwin, SEM; Edward Johnson, Ewing; Mike Rasmussen, Lincoln Southeast; Chuck Ross, Wisner-Pilger; Al Shirley, Lexington; Roger Wright, Omaha Marian
35 years: Bob Andreasen, Anselmo-Merna; Jon Dahl, Mead; Doug Dolezal, Crete; Bill Fitzgerald, Fremont; Jay Fuchtman, Creighton; Charles Gorman, Plattsmouth; Val Jansante, Alliance; Jeff Ritz, Omaha Skutt; Bill Scarborough, Omaha Burke; Tom Schoenfelder, Southern Valley; Gary Schuurmans, Norfolk; Randy Shada, Wahoo; Jack Tarr, Malcolm; Doug Zoucha, Norfolk Catholic
25 years: Kevin Asher, Hastings St. Cecilia; Randy Bauer, Pleasanton; Gary Bender, Humphrey; Vince Burgett, Gretna; Mike Fisher, Fairbury; John Gingery, Lincoln East; Terry Graver, Elkhorn South; Peg Heise, Wood River; Stacey Keller, St. Paul; Kevin Kush, Boys Town; Don Matt, Chadron; Dave Mroczek, Wilcox-Hildreth; Alan Pokorny, Bennington; Rocky Ruhl, Wayne; Rod Ruybalid, Aurora; Jeff Tomlin, Grand Island; Terry Viterna, O'Neill St. Mary's; Steve Wendell, Gibbon; Thomas Widler, Seward
Kerri Strug to speak at coaches' clinic
Olympic gold-medal gymnast Kerri Strug will be the keynote speaker for the Nebraska Coaches Association summer clinics.
She will appear at 8:30 a.m. July 23 on the opening day of the clinic at Lincoln North Star.
On July 23, Tom Osborne, Bobby Bowden and Grant Teaff will speak at a luncheon open to all who attend the clinic.
College head coaches set to appear include Randy Waldrum of Notre Dame women's soccer, Jason Mims of UNO men's soccer; Kirsten Bernthal Booth of Creighton volleyball; Hugh McCutcheon of Minnesota volleyball, Jim Moore of Oregon volleyball; Mark Cody of Oklahoma wrestling; and Mike Neighbors of Washington women's basketball.
The clinic is $100, which includes membership in the coaches association. Information can be found at www.ncacoach.org.
Metro schools change athletic directors
They're going to need name tags at the next Metro Conference athletic directors meeting, because five of the 17 member schools have made changes since last year.
The most recent hires are Jeremy Van Ackeren at Papillion-La Vista South and Jim Hirz at Bellevue East. Van Ackeren replaces Jeff Johnson, who is the school's new principal. Hirz, who was the Chieftains' A.D. in the 2006-07 school year, returns after Scott Lamberty resigned to be A.D. at Bennington.
Other schools with a new A.D. are Papillion-La Vista (Jason Ryan), Millard South (Steve Throne) and Omaha Central (Tom Lee).
Bellevue East hires new girls coach
Blake Anderson will follow Scott Jensen as Bellevue East girls basketball coach. He was at Boys Town last season after coaching Humphrey from 2006-07 through 2010-11.
»Bump Christensen, who was an assistant at Lincoln High for seven years, is the new football coach at Lincoln Northeast. Seth Mruz has been promoted to head football coach at Fremont Bergan.
»Sue Ziegler is returning as Lincoln Lutheran volleyball coach after a seven-year absence to watch her four children compete in high school or college athletics.
»After 41 years as radio announcer for North Platte High School football and basketball, Chuck Schwartz has been hired as general manager of KNEB radio in Scottsbluff.
»New coaches at Platteview are Nathan Roche for the school's new softball program, Dustin Foutch in wrestling, Greg Gentile in boys track and Christina Elder in girls track.
»Pending board approval on July 15, Rick Ripperger will become an assistant principal at Hastings after eight years as football coach. The school is advertising for a new coach.
»Additional honorable-mention players in boys and girls soccer:
Class B boys—Blair: Donevan Roe, Eric Heffelfinger.
Class A girls—Lincoln East: Lexi Harris, Shayna Dixon, Abby Hansen. Omaha Central: Martha Winterer.
Class B girls—Lincoln Lutheran: Tara Ziegelbein. Omaha Duchesne: Anna Petrow, Olivia Straka.