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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Athlete. Class of 1995. Mixing speed and power, Ahman Green left a multitude of tacklers in his wake during a stellar career at running back in high school, college and the NFL. He started his high school career at Omaha North, enjoying a 1,000-yard season before becoming an all-stater at Omaha Central playing running back, linebacker and punter. He earned all-state running back honors in 1993 and 1994 and won the 100 and 200 meters at the 1995 state track meet. He rushed for nearly 4,000 yards at Nebraska and more than 9,000 yards in the NFL, mostly at Green Bay, where he became the Packers’ all-time rushing leader. The Big 8 Freshman of the Year, he rushed for 1,086 yards and 13 touchdowns as Nebraska won the 1995 national championship. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Green finished his NFL career with more than 11,000 yards.
Athlete. Class of 1938. Considered one of the most versatile high school athletes in the state, Herb Grote was named to the Omaha World-Herald Honor Roll teams in football, basketball and track and was named to the Nebraska All-Legion baseball team. But he had no peer when throwing the javelin, a skill he acquired while throwing sunflower stalks in the back yard.. He won the state high school gold medal in 1937 and 1938, setting the state record as a junior. At the University of Nebraska, he won the Big Six javelin championships in 1940, 1941, 1946 and 1947. An All-American in 1940 and 1946, he won the “triple crown” in 1947 by winning the javelin at the Texas Relays, Kansas Relays and Drake Relays. While in the infantry in World War II, he rose from private to captain and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Athlete. Wahoo (1991)
Jason Glock was the cornerstone of the Wahoo basketball dynasty that compiled four straight state championships and 114 straight victories, A two-time all-class all-state pick, he scored 2,167 points in his career, including 779 during his senior year, and averaged 9.9 rebounds per game in his career. A stright-A student, he tallied 52 points in a game against Schuyler and set a state tournament record with 260 career points.He garnered High School All-American Honors from Street and Smith/Nike, McDonald’s and Converse. In his four years, the Warriors posted a 101-1 record – the lone loss coming in a game where he didn’t suit up. On the football field, he was a an all-class all-state defensive lineman in football. He lettered four years at Nebraska in basketball, playing in 82 games.
Omaha Creighton Prep
Bob Green never lost a high school tennis match, posting a 67-0 record in three years at Creighton Prep, losing only three sets throughout his prep career. As a sophomore, he defeated the previous years finalists to claim his first of three state championships at No. 1 singles. The class valedictorian, Green went on to excel at Boston University where his tennis success paved the way for his induction into the Terriers Hall of Fame. He was the teams MVP for three years and the schools first-ever qualifier for the NCAA Tournament. He went on to a six-year career in professional tennis, where he was the ATP Rookie of the Year and rose to the No. 37 ranking in the world in 1984 after losing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals to No. 1 ranked and eventual champion John McEnroe.