Jack Guggenmos- Aurora

Coach- 2019

Jack Guggenmos produced winning football teams at three Nebraska high schools- Dorchester, Arlington and Aurora.  In a 30-year career, the bulk of which was at Aurora, Guggenmos compiled a 211-88-4 record.  Under his leadership, the Huskies advanced to the state championship game in 1981, 1986, and 1995 and played in the semifinals two more times.  Even though he started his coaching career before the establishment of state playoffs, his teams qualified for the playoffs 19 times, won six district championships and 15 conference championships.  He also coached track and basketball early in his career.  Winner of numerous coaching awards and presenter at more that 50 coaching clinics, he retired to serve as Athletic Director at Waverly.  After 12 years, he returned to the sideline as an assistant coach at Norris, helping the Titans reach the state football finals in 2012.  He was inducted into the National Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

Aaron Golliday-York

Athlete-2019  (1998)

Switching from tight end to running back his senior year, Aaron Golliday displayed his strength and power as he rushed for nearly 2000 yards and scored 21 touchdowns for the Dukes football team that reached the state semifinals.  Golliday, a USA Today Honorable Mention All-American who also handled the kicking and punting duties for his football team, was a 12-time letter winner.  All-conference in basketball, Golliday excelled in track where he scored 441 points in his career.  He won State Track meet medals in the discus three times and the shot put twice, climbing his way onto the all-time charts with a 63-foot 8-inch throw.  Returning to tight end, he was a four-year letterman at Nebraska and played one year in NFL Europe.

Jenny Green-Grand Island Central Catholic

 

Athlete-2019  (2003)

Nebraska’s first 13-foot pole vaulter, Jenny Green dominated the event throughout her high school years, winning the All-Class gold medal all four years.  As a senior, the scored all of third-place Grand Island Central Catholic’s points at the state meet, finishing first in the pole vault, long jump and 300-meter low hurdles and finishing first in the 100-meter dash.  She also was a two-time All-state selection in volleyball, leading the Crusaders to a runner-up finish her senior year, and she qualified for the State Swim meet as a diver.  But the pole vault was Green’s bread and butter.  Nationally, she won the Nike Indoor Classic and the USA Track and Field Junior Championships.  She represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Grossetto, Italy.  As a Freshman at Nebraska, she rewrote the record book while finishing third at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.  She won four Big 12 vaulting championships and graduated with the Huskers’ indoor record and second-best outdoor mark falling just short of 14 feet.

 

Alex Gordon-Lincoln southeast

Athlete

Lincoln Southeast (Class of 2002)

Before winning multiple Gold Glove Awards and being a World Series hero, Alex Gordon was Nebraska’s Prep Athlete of the Year as a senior at Lincoln Southeast. An all-state and record-setting receiver and defensive back on the football field, he rose to stardom on the baseball diamond where he was all-state for three years, hitting .483 with 25 home runs and 112 RBIs. Furthering his career at the University of Nebraska, he led the Cornhuskers to their first College World Series game victory and was the consensus Player of the Year in 2005. The second pick in the Major League Draft, he was named the Minor League Player of the Year in 2006 and started in left field for the Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team.

Erin (Gudmundson) Haussermann-Kearney Catholic

Kearney Catholic (Class of 2002)
A three-sport star at Kearney Catholic, Haussermann earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball, and qualified for the state track meet in seven different events. On the volleyball court, she set school records for kills in a match and in a season. On the basketball court, she scored 1,275 points and led the Stars to the state finals. On the track, she won three state meet gold medals, including the all-class gold medal in the high jump. In college, Haussermann was a three-year volleyball All-American at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2005, leading the Lopers to the national finals.

CHARLES “CHARLIE” GORDON – Coach

Coach
Charlie Gordon commanded respect and displayed respect throughout a 25-year coaching career that spanned four decades and provided Lincoln Southeast with its first state championship in any sport. Gordon was named the Knights’ baseball coach when the school opened in 1955. In 1958, with seven sophomores in the starting lineup, the Knights claimed their first of five state baseball championships. His Southeast teams also collected three runner-up finishes and 12 district championships. Also an assistant football coach, Gordon never took shortcuts when working with students and other coaches and was an example of what coaches hope sports can teach young people.

Bob Gates – Omaha

Coach. After graduating from UNL in 1950, Bob returned to his high school alma mater, Omaha Holy Name, to coach football, baseball and basketball.  His teams won State Championships in all three sports that he coached.  With no playoffs, the World- Herald awarded the mythical state championship in football to Holy Name in 1954 after an undefeated season.  His football teams of 1958 and 1959 were also undefeated.   His basketball teams won the state championships in ’55,’57, and ’58. The baseball team won state titles in ’52 and ’53.   In 1955 the World Herald awarded its Class B All Sports Championship to Holy Name.

In 1961 he moved up to the college ranks, serving as assistant in baseball and basketball at Nebraska.  In 1966, he moved to Pershing College in Beatrice as Athletic Director, baseball and basketball coach. When Pershing closed, Bob returned to the Cornhuskers as a football recruiter and assistant baseball coach.  In 1976, took over the coaching baseball helm at UNO where his baseball teams won two conference championships and two NCAA Division II regionals with one win short of advancing to the Division II World Series.

Buford “Boo” Grosscup – Lincoln

Official. Imagine an game official with the nickname of “Boo”.  So it’s gone on for years for Buford (Boo) Grosscup of Lincoln, who officiated football and basketball for 37 years from 1947-1983.  In football, he worked 444 games, which included five state championship games, numerous playoff games and the Shrine Bowl.  He assisted the Nebraska School Activities Association for 12 years giving rules meetings across the state as well as evaluating and instructing football crews.  In basketball, he worked an average of 50 games per year.  He assisted the NSAA for 18 years in this sport giving rules meetings as well as supervising state tournament officials.  “Boo” officiated the state basketball tournament for 15 consecutive years from 1958 to 1972 and was one of a very few officials to officiate state tournaments in three different decades — the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.  He was chosen by the state of Kansas to officiate their boys and girls all-star games. He even made it into films when he was selected as an official in the 1972 National Federation of High Schools football rules film that was produced in Longmont, Colo.  As president of the Eastern Nebraska Officials Association. in 1960, he led a program to assist young officials by convincing the Lincoln Public Schools and surrounding schools to allow him to assign referees for all contests below the varsity level.  Many officials starting in this program are still working today.  He still counsels officials and fields calls on rules interpretations.  He officiated almost 3,000 contests in his career.

BY RYLY JANE HAMBLETON / Lincoln Journal Star

Zebra. Blue.

Those are the nice things Buford Grosscup was called. Some things aren’t printable.

Grosscup officiated football and basketball and ran a baseball program. In 37 years, he officiated 444 football games, worked 1,850 basketball games. From 1954-67, he administered the Lincoln youth baseball program.

“My God, everyone owes kids something,” said Grosscup. “You do this because you love sports and kids.”

Grosscup is one of 22 people who will be inducted into the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame this year.

Grosscup said other than a few rules changes, most of the differences in sports now compared to when he first started are off the field of play.

“On the court hasn’t changed much. There’s a rotten apple now and then in the stands,” he said. “And that’s more when a parent is involved as the kid’s alter-ego. You can write about sportsmanship, but it all depends on kids getting the proper direction and basic direction from their parents.”

Those changes are societal.

“There used to be three places kids learned behavior — from their parents, from institutions like churches and schools and on the street corner,” he said. “Families turned to institutions and now it’s gone to the third source.”

A teacher at Lincoln High, he was a friend and peer of Scott, who was a standout in athletics in every area — as an athlete, a coach and a contributor.

“I’ve gone back and looked at Links letters (Scott published the Lincoln High newsletter for 45 years, beginning in 1957). There was a lot of love there,” said Grosscup. “Harold didn’t need walls in his office because he had filing cabinets that served as walls. Everywhere I ever traveled around the country, people always asked about Harold because they knew him through the newsletters.”

Grosscup said that now that he is retired from officiating, his wife, Jane, often has to explain to fans when they show up at games.

“She always says, `My husband is just here to observe.’ I can’t stay away from sports just because I’m not officiating any more.”

 

Sandi Genrich – Lincoln Northeast

Coach. 

The 1985 Lincoln Journal-Star and 1999 Omaha World-Herald girls coach of the year retired after the 2003 season as the state career leader with 672 volleyball victories. She started her coaching career at Lincoln Pius X in 1972, then moved to Lincoln Northeast, her alma mater, in 1976. Her teams made 21 state tournament appearances, won state titles in 1981, 1984, 1991 and 1998 and were runners-up five times.  The Nebraska Coaches Association honored her as volleyball coach of the year in 1991 and in 2000 for outstanding contribution to volleyball in the state.

Ken Geddes – Boys Town

Athlete. 1965 grad

Ken Geddes was a member of the 1965 all-class and Class A all-state football teams. The 6-foot-2, 198-pound end also ran the third leg on Boys Town’s mile relay team that won the Class A and all-class gold medal at the state track meet. He started for the Boys Town basketball team that won the 1966 Class A basketball title and went on to play college football for the University of Nebraska from 1967 to 1970. He earned All-Big Eight honors as a linebacker in 1968 and as middle guard in 1969. He played in the Senior Bowl in 1969 and then in the Coaches All-American Game in 1970. The Detroit Lions selected Geddes in the seventh round of the 1970 NFL draft. He played eight years in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.