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Coaches at other High Schools

 

 Robert "Bob" Harden- Omaha North High School

 

John Stella- Omaha South High American Legion Baseball

 

Warren Marquiss- Omaha Central

 

Roger Sorenson- Omaha Benson 

 

Dave Lewis- Omaha Benson

 

Don Knauss= Omaha Benson

 

Art Harris- Omaha Benson

 

 

 



2005 Hall of Fame Inductee:
John Johnette 
Omaha Burke

Coach.  John Johnette, Omaha Burke’s first basketball coach, led the Bulldogs to state championships in 1977 and 1986. He compiled a 292-251 record in 25 years as Burke qualified for the state tournament 13 times. On the baseball diamond, Johnette coached from 1963 to 1970 and ended on a high note with a state championship in 1970. Johnette started at Omaha Benson, then moved to Omaha Beveridge before helping Burke get off the ground. He was one of the organizers of the Nebraska Coaches Association and in 1975 was selected as an assistant coach in the NCA All-Star Basketball Game. He was given the NCA’s Ed Johnson Award in 1981. In 1987, Johnette was awarded the Nebraska School Activities Association Outstanding Service Award in basketball. 

 




1995 Hall of Fame Inductee:
Conrad "Cornie" Collin 
Omaha

Coach. Conrad "Cornie" Collin coached basketball at South High for 30 years. He won 400 games. He won basketball state championships in 1937, 1944 and 1960. He also was a football, track and baseball coach. His 1960 basketball team was 21-0 and the only unbeaten Class A team for a 29-year period. At one time he was the only public-school coach in Nebraska to have state-championship teams in football, basketball and baseball. 

At Huron SD, he played sports and led the high school to two state basketball titles, was all-state four years in basketball and two years in football and also excelled in track and baseball. 

Captained both the basketball and football teams at Creighton. In 1933, he was an All-America selection in basketball after leading the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring. In football, the halfback was all-conference twice and he was an outstanding punter as well. Played for the Chicago Bears in the first college all-star football game in 1934 (though he never played an NFL game). He also spent one year in the Detroit Tigers' baseball organization. He officiated in the Big 8 and Big 10 for a dozen years in football and basketball. 



 


1994 Hall of Fame Inductee:
Maurice H. "Skip" Palrang 
Boys Town

 

Coach--Success as a coach in at least three different sports and at different high schools throughout a career from 1934-1972 shows the versatility of this fine coach. Prior to World War II, Maurice "Skip" Palrang helped develop the basketball skills of the Creighton Prep Blue jays in Omaha, leading them to winning state tournaments in Class A and top ranking in 1935 and 1940. After the war, Skip shifted west to coach the Boys Town High School in Douglas County. His success as a basketball coach, winning state in 1953 and 1956, was but one aspect of this great coach. The Boys Town Cowboys under his guidance also became a powerful football power, traveled the country and took on all comers, usually winning. Palrang teams played in 21 states and the District of Columbia, sometimes drawing crowds as large as 40,000. In 1939 this talented gentleman as a baseball coach brought a rare national American Legion championship to Nebraska while coaching the Omaha McDivitts.

Besides being a great coach, known for his compassion almost as much as his intensity on the sports fields, Palrang was a top-flight classroom instructor. He taught chemistry, Spanish, English and math. He held a bachelor's degree from Regis College in Denver, Colo., and a master's degree from Creighton University in Omaha. His awards included 1949 Coach of the Year, Pop Warner Foundation, 1965 Nebraska Coach of the Year, Omaha World-Herald; and 1967 Rockne Club citation. He was head coach of the victorious South team in Nebraska's inaugural Shrine Bowl in 1959. 

Palrang died Feb. 8, 1978 at the age of 71. His picture and records still grace the walls of the Field House named in his honor in Boys Town, Nebraska



1994 Hall of Fame Inductee:
Neal Mosser 
Omaha

 

Coach—This champion basketball coach was at the helm of Omaha Technical High School during some glory years for the school. In his 20 years coaching at Tech, Neal Mosser helped develop what many consider the greatest high school boys basketball team of all time, the Class A State Championship Tech team of 1963. Few if any high school coaches in Nebraska in history developed more top flight athletes during his tenure, including Bob Gibson of baseball fame, ‘53; legendary basketball great Bob Boozer, ‘55; and  Fred Hare, ‘63. Came to Nebraska after an outstanding basketball career in the Midwest while in the military, played for the Cornhuskers and made his life in Omaha. His coaching philosophy  added a very fast pace to high school basketball in Nebraska. Career coaching record 237-122. His sons played for him and became outstanding basketball coaches in their own right.

 



1995 Hall of Fame Inductee:
Don Leahy 
Omaha

 

HOFCoach--Creighton Preparatory High School, located in Omaha, has had a plethora of great coaches over the years, but none better at the game of football than Coach Leahy. 1955 would be but one good example. That fall the Bluejays compiled a record of eight wins, no losses and one tie, ending up ranked number one in the state in Class A. In a 17 year coaching career at Prep, Coach Don Leahy had 118 wins on the gridiron, just 25 losses and 7 ties. He had four unbeaten teams and annually kept Prep at the top of football ratings. Perhaps part of his keen understanding of the programs here is that he was himself an outstanding high school player during his own secondary education at Creighton Prep. His pass-run oriented teams woneight state championships.

A graduate of Marquette University, he was one of the top collegiate quarterbacks in the country and played in the Blue-Grey Game in 1951. 

Leahy’s name was synonymous with Omaha sports for decades. Athletic director at both UNO & Creighton followed his illustrious high school career.

Pictures and text of inductees courtesy of the Nebraska Hall of Fame