Coach. After being a standout athlete at both Cozad High School and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dale Bubak excelled in coaching at Hayes Center, St. Paul and Tekamah-Herman.
Bubak coached the Hayes Center basketball team from 1957 to 1959 and led the school’s football team to a 72-36-4 record. He coached the unbeaten and No. 1-ranked eight-man team in 1962 and an unbeaten team in 1961. As a track coach, Bubak led Hayes Center to five consecutive Class D state championships starting in 1968. He coached 14 individual state champions, including nine individuals and five relay teams. From 1981 to 1985 Bubak served as the Tekamah-Herman athletic director and retired from teaching in 1991. In 1970 the Omaha World-Herald awarded Coach of the Year to Bubak. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Nebraska Coaches Association’s Binnie and Dutch award for meritorious service to track and field.