Hall of Fame Inductees, by Year . Search by Name

1997

Bill Vincent - Omaha South

Bob Siegel - Fairbury

Cal Bentz - Lincoln

Cindy Tatum Kostek - North Platte

Eugene "Red" Littler - Mitchell

Frank Smagacz - Omaha Central

Gil Dodds - Falls City

Howard Debus - Lincoln High

Jackie Washington - Omaha Central

Jeff Kinney - McCook

Jerry Lee - Grand Island

Jerry Mathers - Lincoln

Johnny Hopp - Hastings

Kent Reckewey - Lincoln East

O.L. Webb - Lincoln

Phil Cahoy - Omaha South

Randy Rasmussen - Elba

Roger Sayers - Omaha Central

Sue Lind Nelson - Albion

Coach. Bill James made a couple of Central Nebraska stops in his coaching career (Arapahoe and Loup City) before landing in Bellevue where he coached football for nearly four decades, a coach who won in one of the toughest competitive conferences. Head football coach at the original Bellevue High School (which became Bellevue East) from 1957 and 1995, he saw the changing patterns of top-notch football in Nebraska high schools and just kept on succeeding. The 1960s was a good example of his creative coaching, as the Bellevue High football team was almost always at the top. In 1965, Bellevue played Boys Town High for the re-aligned Metro Conference championship, with one pass in the last minute the only difference between both fine teams. His teams won 195 games at Bellevue and his lifetime coaching career number was 210.