Coach. As a teacher coming to Omaha Central in 1967, her first assignment was cheerleader sponsor which she handled for 20 years, plus organizing Central’s Pom-Pom Squad in 1968. With the surge of girl’s sports in Nebraska, JoAnne was in line for a number of firsts: Central High’s first girls golf coach (’71), first girls track coach (’71) and the first girls soccer coach (‘86). Her track teams were State Meet Champions seven times ’74,’79, ’80, ’81, ’83, ’84, and ’85. They were State Meet Runners Up five times ’75,’76, ’77, ’78, and ’82. The track teams had an undefeated string of wins for six years until the 1982 State Meet. Her other honors include Nebraska Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1984, three times Nebraska Coaches Association Girls Track Coach of the Year in 1979,1980 and 1981. Her other involvements include Greater Omaha Sports Committee Scholar Athlete Committee from 1977 to 2001 serving as Chair Person the last ten years. She also served the Cornhusker State Winter Games Committee for six years. Greater Omaha Sports Committee Service to Sports Award in 2000.
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