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OFFICIAL INDUCTEE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE CATEGORY FOR NOMINATION:

Inductee:  AthleteCoachOfficialContributor

NOTE: Nominations must be submitted by October 1st in order to be considered for the next year’s class.

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OF NOMINEE

School Name(s), City, State, Years at School, Graduation Year

College, Years at School, Degree, Graduation Year

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or an attached sheet, please make your points in support of thenomination.List objective, statistical records, such as won-lost records, titles, points scored, career facts, and highlights. Include details, such as year (9,10,11,12) when the nominee was a State Champion or named as an All-State Player (Please indicate the Newspaper/s and/or other media that named the All-State Team). List the year and the achievements from high school through post-high school. You are to focus on the nominee’s contributions that have had the most significant impact on high school sportsIn the case of non-athletes/coaches, list contributions as a writer, speaker, or innovator, or list other achievements that support this person’s candidacy.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Complete all required information in either hard copy form or submit electronically. If possible, trytogather your nominee’s information without contacting thatperson.
  2. Include letters of recommendation, limited to one typewritten page.
  3. If possible, submit a current black and white or color photo of the nominee.
  4. If applicable, submit black and white or color photos of nominee during the period of time he/she was involved in the category.
  5. If you wish, attach a limited number of newspaper clippings,magazine articles,or other supporting materials.

The nomination form, letters,and photos willbe retained by the Nebraska High School Sports Hallof Fame Foundation and remain in the Hall of Fame’s active file.

GENERAL CRITERIA

The nominee must have:

  1. been involved in an athletic activity in a Nebraska High School category for which he or she is nominated;
  2. demonstrated outstanding abilities and contributions in the category for which he or she is nominated;
  3. demonstrated high moral character, outstanding citizenship and ideals.
The following definitions and criteria shall apply to the four inductee nominating categories. There are no quotas for any category.

  1. Athlete/High School Achievement

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school athletics and whose primary achievements in the field of athletics occurred during such high school participation. Any such person may not be considered until 15 years after high school participation.

    Athlete/Post High School Contribution

    Any high school athlete who participated in Nebraska high school
    athletics and whose primary contribution to athletics occurred after
    his/her high school participation. Any such person may not be
    considereduntil 15 years after high school participation.

  2. Coach

    A coach who must have been a Nebraska School District employee who
    has coached a sanctioned sport for at least 20 years. A coach would be
    eligible for Hall of Fame induction if he he/she has retired from
    coachingor has reached the age of 60.

  3. Official

    An official who has been registered with the Nebraska School Activities
    Association for a minimum of 20 years.

  4. Contributor

    Those persons who have made contributions to high school athletics in
    some capacity other than the above-mentioned categories. This category
    would include sportswriters, broadcasters, tournament officials,
    community leaders, athletics administrators, or any individual who has
    made a significant contribution to high school sports in Nebraska.

OFFICIAL HONOREE NOMINATION FORM
Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame
500 Charleston St., Suite 3
Lincoln, NE 68508-1119

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Honoree:Fischer Family AwardGustafson Inspiration AwardGreat Moments in SportsSilver Anniversary TeamDominant DynastiesGolden Anniversary Team

PERSON SUBMITTING NOMINATION FORM:

(Forms submitted anonymously will not be considered.)

ACHIEVEMENTS, CONTRIBUTIONS, HONORS

On the following page or a separate attached sheet, make your points in support of yournomination. Please include pertinent information with as much detail as possible related to the chosen category.

Myron Oehlerking – Lincoln East

Coach. The only volleyball coach in Lincoln East’s 33 years (2006), Coach O won six state championships (74-77-82-85-86-88), three Class A state runners-up (89-93-94) and made 19 state tournament appearances. He coached more victories in volleyball than any other coach with a 726-367 record. Also head coach of a successful track program from 1973 to 1995. The Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year in 1983, Oehlerking was twice named the regional finalist for National Coaches Association Coach of the Year and a Lincoln Ralph Beechner Coach of the Year winner. Coached at Adams for five years and at Lefler Junior High in Lincoln for four years prior to joining the East staff. He is a 1953 graduate of Murdock High School. High school: Murdock. Degrees: Westmar, Nebraska.

 

BY RON POWELL / Lincoln Journal Star — Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 – 08:37:00 pm CST

When Myron Oehlerking began coaching volleyball at Lincoln East, Richard Nixon was president, Bob Devaney coached the Nebraska football team, the Vietnam War was still going on and a single computer, complete with punch cards, took up an entire room.

Oehlerking’s storied career has outlasted six presidents, disco, bell-bottom pants, platform shoes, mullets, eight-track tapes, VCRs and dial-up Internet. But after 37 successful seasons as the only volleyball coach in school history, the Nebraska High School Hall of Famer has decided to retire.

The 75-year-old Oehlerking announced he was resigning at the East postseason volleyball banquet Tuesday night. He leaves as the winningest coach in Nebraska high school volleyball history with 793 career wins, including a 25-11 mark this season when he guided the seventh-ranked Spartans to their fourth Class A state tournament appearance in the past five years and their 22nd overall.

In recent years, Oehlerking has had both knees replaced, bypass surgery and a heart valve replaced. As a result, “it’s gotten to the point where it’s become physically difficult to coach,” said Oehlerking, who’s had Mike Wiese as an assistant head coach the past two seasons. “I thought this was a good time to step aside. You don’t want to, but it was something I had to do.”

East athletic director Wendy Henrichs described it “as a tough decision” for Oehlerking to make. “Myron can walk away with a lot of pride and satisfaction about what he’s done with East volleyball,” she said. “His passion not only for volleyball but for kids in general will be missed. I’ve been honored and privileged to be able to work with him.”

Oehlerking has coached volleyball in six different decades. His career began in Adams in 1958, before the Nebraska School Activities Association sanctioned the sport. He not only coached volleyball in his five years there, he also was the football, boys basketball and baseball coach. He was the head girls track coach for 23 years at East, stepping down from that position in 1995 when he also retired as a physical education teacher.

Oehlerking came to Lincoln in 1963 and coached numerous ninth-grade boys sports for nine years. The NSAA added volleyball in 1972, the same year East started its program and handed it over to Oehlerking. The Spartans won their first state title two years later, then added five more in 1977, ’82, ’85, ’86 and ’88. Oehlerking’s best team, however, was one that didn’t win state – the 1994 squad which made an national impact.

The Spartans won the Nike Challenge in Chicago that season and moved to No. 1 in the USA Today national ratings the week leading into the state tournament. Bellevue West, however, upset East in the state finals, leaving the Spartans with a 38-1 record. All six starters on that team, including former Nebraska outside hitter Jaime Krondak, received Division I college volleyball scholarships.

“Myron is one of the main reasons why volleyball is played at such a high level in Nebraska,” said Papillion-La Vista coach JJ Toczek, whose team won its second straight Class A title last weekend. Toczek was an assistant at both Lincoln Northeast and Lincoln Southeast before going to Papillion-La Vista six years ago.

“He’s an icon who will go down as one of the greatest coaches of all-time here,” Toczek added. “I’ve always admired how even-keeled he is and how he connects with kids.”

In a sport that rapidly changes, Oehlerking always stayed ahead of the game in terms of fundamentals and strategy. His Spartans were among the first high school teams in the state to install a fast offense with quick sets in the middle and slide plays to the outside. He was teaching jump serves and finger-tip passes on serve receive long before those skills became fashionable.

But his coaching effectiveness went beyond the physical fundamentals. “I think he embodies the values you want to see in high school athletics,” said Creighton head volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal-Booth, an all-state setter under Oehlerking in the early 1990s. “Mr. O not only teaches you the sport, he also teaches you life lessons. I felt fortunate to play for him. “I hope my coaching style emulates his because he’s about not only developing athletic talent, but also character.”

Oehlerking not only coached current Husker Rachel Schwartz and former Huskers such as Krondak, Nancy Grant, Nikki Stricker and Kim Tonniges, he also coached the coaches’ kids. Suzie Osborne, the daughter of former NU football coaching legend Tom Osborne, played at East in the late 1980s. Katherine Pettit, the daughter of ex-Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit, was a two-time Super-State setter in the 1990s.

The competitive side of Oehlerking was often masked by his steady, calm coaching style. Seeing individual players and the team as a whole performing at their potential was more important to him than wins or losses.

Oehlerking was also all about growing the game. He openly shared his coaching philosophy and strategies to any young coach willing to listen, as Pius X coach Jake Moore learned 20 years ago when he was at Fairmont. “He and Marilyn (Oehlerking’s wife) came down for a camp with Fairmont and McCool Junction, and they were great with the kids,” Moore said. “He talked about all the offenses and defenses they ran, and all of that stuff was new to me at the time.”

Moore came to Lincoln for graduate school after his stint at Fairmont with the intent of leaving the teaching/coaching profession. Oehlerking sought him out to coach one of his Sports Courts club teams during the winter of 1989-90, which then inspired Moore to apply for the vacant Lincoln Pius X job entering the ’90 season. Moore’s Thunderbolts won their third straight Class B state title last weekend and the sixth overall under his 19-year guidance. “If Myron doesn’t call me to coach his club team, I don’t know if I’d be coaching at Pius X right now,” Moore said. “My first few years here, he was my pipeline for coaching information.

“It’s amazing how he’s touched probably thousands of lives through volleyball,” the Pius X coach added. “His legacy is unbelievable.”

By the numbers

37 volleyball seasons at Lincoln East (1972-2008)
793-399 career record
Six Class A state championships
Three state runner-ups
22 state tournaments
1983 Journal Star Coach of the Year

2006 Nebraska High School Hall of Fame inductee

 

Joe Sukovaty – Swanton

Coach. After graduating from Swanton High School and Doane College, Joe returned to his home town in 1923 as coach, science teacher and assistant principal. In his 17-year tenure with the Jackrabbits he coached them to the basketball state tournament seven times, winning it twice. His 1933 squad was runner-up with only seven players on the roster. Leaving Swanton in 1940 he went to Hildreth as coach, teacher, and administrator for ten years. His teams went to the state tournament seven times and were champions three times and runner-up once. He left teaching in 1950 to go into private business but the lure of education brought him back to teach in Western, Wilber, and once more to Swanton. One final highlight was starting the career of Willard Schmidt, who played at Creighton University and then AAU with the McPherson Globe Refiners and was chosen for the 1936 U. S. Olympic team, gold medal champions. 

 

Ed Weir – Superior

Athlete–One of the best college football tackles in America during the first half of the twentieth century, he was ever so dominating when he took the field as a high school athlete, graduating from Superior in 1921. He was an all-state halfback for Superior. He won five events in the Class B state track meet in 1921 and a total of nine firsts and five overall gold medals in his high school career. Later, his skill as a University of Nebraska Track Coach led to the naming of the present track stadium for this Cornhusker legend. His All-American playing at NU will never be forgotten in college football, for he is credited with successfully stopping both the “Four Horsemen” of Notre Dame and the “Galloping Ghost” Red Grange of Illinois.

Roy Bassett – Hastings

2009

Coach. Roy Bassett earned the title of “Coach.” For 40 years, he coached high school athletics at Nelson and Hastings High Schools. From 1932 to 1937, he coached football, basketball and track at Nelson, a coaching load he would take on for a few years at Hastings High School. He was the head football coach at Hastings from 1944 to 1953, the head basketball coach in 1944 and from 1947 to 1952, and the head track coach from 1944 to 1972. His basketball team of 1949 was the state runner-up. In track, he coached 16 gold medalists and the Tigers brought home the runner-up trophy from the state meet in 1963 and 1971. He added another coaching title in 1956 when Hastings added cross country. He continued to coach that team until 1972.His Tigers were considered the best team in the state in 1958 and 1959. A standout athlete at Hastings High, he was the all-state basketball center in 1927, leading the Tigers to a school-record 17 straight victories.