Max Kurz-Millard West

Coach Max Kurz’s 47-year coaching career was dotted by championships. As a boys cross country and track coach and a girls cross country coach at Millard, Millard South and Millard West, his teams won three state championships, finished second nine times and in the top four 21 times. His boys track team claimed one state […]

Richard Knaub-Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff (Class of 1954) The Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year in 1954, Knaub was a four-year letterman in track and a two-year letterman in football and basketball, earning all-conference and all-state honors. On the track, he established three state records and won all-class gold medals in the pole vault his sophomore and junior […]

Gene Kruger – Elkhorn

Coach.  After serving three years in the United States Marine Corps, Gene attended Midland College receiving his B.S. in 1946. His first teaching and coaching job was at his hometown of Arlington, heading up all sports. He made the move to Elkhorn in 1949 where he hired on as assistant coach in all sports and […]

Tonya Kneifl Gordon – Newcastle

Tonya Kneifl Gordon Newcastle Athlete   For four years, Tonya Kneifl put her stamp on athletics at Newcastle High School.  A multi-sport star, she had her biggest impact on the track where she never lost a high jump or triple jump competition.  She set state records in all three jumping events and accumulated 12 Class […]

Dick Koch – Omaha

Coach.. It was the 1970-71 school year and Omaha Northwest had just opened its doors for the first time.  Dick was the new head basketball coach moving in from a stint at Gering with a record of 101-50.  He hit the court running and took the “Huskies” to the State Tournament in their very first […]

Dan Keyser – Cambridge

Dan Keyser Cambridge Coach Dan Keyser presided over a Cambridge Trojans football dynasty that produced an unprecedented era of success.  Keysers Trojans set a Nebraska 11 man record with 48 consecutive victories and put together a streak of 71 straight regular season wins.  Between 1989 and 2005 Keyser led the Trojans to six undefeated state […]

James Kane – Mount Michael

COACH The 1954 graduate of Wisner High went on to attend UN-L where lettered in baseball for three years and was twice selected All-Big 7 catcher.  After college he spent three seasons in the New York Yankees farm system.  Leaving baseball in 1962, Jim took a job as teacher and coach at Waterloo High School […]

Doug Krecklow – Omaha Westside

Doug Krecklow Omaha Westside Coach   State swimming championship trophies flood the Omaha Westside trophy case thanks to the leadership of coach Doug Krecklow.  His coaching career, starting at the club level surpassed the 45-year mark and culminated in 20 state championships with the Warriors-11 with the boys team and nine with the girls team-from […]

Roy Katskee – Omaha

Coach. Graduating from Omaha Central in 1960 where he won four varsity letters in football and baseball, Roy attended UNO where he received his bachelor’s degree in Education in 1965. His first year out of college he taught elementary physical education in the Omaha system.  In 1966 he took a job at Nathan Hale Junior […]

Jenny Kropp-Goess – Grand Island Central Catholic

Jenny Kropp-Goess Grand Island Central Catholic Athlete Jenny Kropp-Goess spent her high school career rewriting the record book at Grand Island Central Catholic.  A four-year letter winner in basketball and volleyball and an all-state selection in both. it was soon clear that she had exceptional volleyball skills.  Leading the Crusaders to the state finals three […]