W.L. “Dutch” Zorn – Gothenburg

Coach–How to build a successful track & field program within Nebraska high schools could have been a book written by this winning coach of Gothenburg High School. The cardinal & white Swedes won the Class B state track meet five times, in 1949, 1957, 1962, 1967 and 1971. No doubt the ability to inspire a […]

Allen Zikmund – Kearney

Athlete. This multi-talented gentleman began his long connection with Nebraska athletics as an all-state quarterback for Ord High School from which he graduated in 1939. Ord High was state champion his senior year on the gridiron and undefeated. Later he was a member of the famous Cornhusker football team which played in the 1941 Rose […]

Leroy A. Zentic – Lincoln East

  Coach.  Lee Zentic, the inaugural coach at Lincoln East, promptly put the school in the thick of championship races. He directed six state championship teams – 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1979 — and coached 57 all-state players. His coaching honors include 1975 Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year, 1976 Omaha World-Herald Coach […]

Howard Zook – Fairfield

Coach. A high school and college track standout, Howard Zook coached several sports and found success in all. In a 28-year coaching career at 10 schools in Nebraska and Wyoming, he piled up more than 350victories in basketball and 80 in football, even though some of the schools didn’t offer football. A 1930 Peru State […]

Sharon Zavala – Grand Island Central Catholic

Sharon Zavala Grand Island Central Catholic Coach Sharon Zavala epitomized coaching excellence with a career of sustained success that covered 40-plus years and a variety of situations.  After arriving fresh out of college in 1975, Zavala built Grand Island Central Catholic into a powerhouse that consistently produced collegiate players and championships.  At the time of […]