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 of the Year, 1980 Nebraska Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year, 1980 Journal Star Coach of the Decade, 1985 National High School Regional Coach of the Year and 1970 Shrine Bowl head coach. He posted a career record 187-127-7. He also coached at Tecumseh, where his basketball team made a state tournament appearance, and in Shenandoah, Iowa. Rock Island (IL) native. Football & baseball at University of Nebraska.