Bill Olson – Omaha Northwest

Coach. Though he coached for 35 years, this baseball wizard really hit his stride when taking on the Omaha Northwest High School baseball program as his special project. Under his guidance, the Northwest Huskies won six high school state championships. In 1983 his baseball team was ranked number one in the nation. Bill Olson had […]

Joe Orduna – Omaha Central

Athlete. Joe Orduna excelled in football, wrestling and track at Omaha Central before playing football at the University of Nebraska and the NFL. He won gold medals at the 1966 state track meet in the long jump (22 feet, 6 ¾ inches), 180-yard low hurdles (20.1 seconds) and the 880-yard relay (1:29.8 seconds). Omaha Central won […]

Father Patrick O’Byrne – Hastings St. Cecilia/Wahoo Neumann

Coach. Father Pat’s track and field expertise and enthusiasm brought outstanding success in the sport to Hastings St. Cecilia (1968-77), where his girls teams won five state and district championships, and Wahoo Neumann (1978-98) where his teams won three state championships in girls cross country, two state titles in boys cross country and two state […]

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 […]

George O’Boyle – Lincoln Pius X

Coach. When George O’Boyle started coaching at Lincoln Pius X, he started a cross country program that became a dynasty. Under O’Boyle, the Thunderbolts won 10 boys state cross country championships and seven girls state track championships. The teams also earned five runner-up trophies. Born in Bronx, N.Y., O’Boyle came to the University of Nebraska […]

Rich Osentowski – Ord

Athlete. Class of 1965. In whatever sport he tried, Rich Osentowski succeeded. He was a three-year starter at quarterback on the Ord football team earning all-state honorable mention. He started at guard on Ord’s state tournament qualifying basketball team, earning all-state and all-state tournament honors. He won the Class B golf championship, leading Ord to […]

Rich Olson – Millard South, Lincoln Northeast

Coach. The first two chapters of Rich Olson’s coaching career in girls basketball included state championships at Millard South and Lincoln Northeast. In a 21-year stint at Millard South, he led his team to 15 state tournaments, including the championships in 1989, 1992 and 1996, as well as runner-up finishes in 1988 and 1993. He […]

Edward “Scotty” Orcutt – Omaha Benson

Coach. A champion coach in three sports, Scotty Orcutt was the dean of Omaha baseball coaches before a fall led to his death in 1972. His baseball teams won three league tournament titles and won or shared five regular-season crowns, along with a state runner-up finish in 1966, as the Bunnies were 188-99-3 during his 28 […]

Tom Osborne – Hastings

Athlete–For many years, members of the Extra-Point Club in Lincoln would hear these magic words from the master of ceremonies: “And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce the winningest coach in the nation!“ Of course, the MC meant the legendary Tom Osborne, whose high school athletic exploits for Hastings High School […]

Sondra Obermeier Herold – Aurora

Athlete. On the cutting edge of resurgence for girls athletics in Nebraska high schools, Sondra (Obermeier) Herold became the very first girl’s high school athlete of the year selection in modern times. Her accomplishments in track & field during the year 1976 are particularly impressive. She leaped 19 feet five inches in the long jump, […]