After taking Fort Calhoun to the Class C-1 quarterfinals, Mike Huffman is leaving the Pioneers to become head football coach at Bellevue West.
Huffman was an assistant varsity coach at Omaha Burke from 1997 to 2007 before taking over at Fort Calhoun. His five-year record was 26-19, including a 9-2 mark in 2012 when the Pioneers repeated as district champions and posted the school's first two playoff wins.
At Bellevue West, he follows Craig Moraski, who was interim coach last season following the death of 26-year coach John Faiman last summer. Moraski will remain on staff as an assistant coach.
“Coach Huffman's enthusiasm and ability to establish great relationships with kids, plus his background and knowledge of Metro Conference football, was a real plus and we're excited to have him as our coach,” said Kevin Broderick, the school's athletic director, in a statement. “He's got a reputation as a real workhorse and has a lot of energy, so it's not surprising that he's already met with the rest of the football staff and has plans laid out for spring and summer football activities at Bellevue West.
“We love our current staff and wanted to choose someone that would have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm, work ethic and experience that would mesh well with our current assistants and we believe that Mike is the guy to do that.”
Scholar-athlete award luncheon on April 9
The Greater Omaha Sports Committee will honor its outstanding winter sports scholar-athletes at a luncheon on April 9 at the Omaha Marriott.
Those to be honored:
Brett Dougherty, Papillion-La Vista, boys basketball; Elizabeth Howorth, Elkhorn South, girls basketball; Shelby Quinn, Bellevue East, girls basketball; Aubrey Norville, Council Bluffs Lewis Central, girls basketball; Neil Girmus, Millard South, boys swimming; Hannah Evans, Omaha Burke, girls swimming; Keegan Kush, Papillion-La Vista, wrestling.
Coaches on the move include Martinez
Tino Martinez will replace Bill Gavers, the new coach at Hastings College, as boys basketball coach at Grand Island Central Catholic. Martinez has been on Gavers' staff and also operates the annual Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island.
Drake Beranek will be one of the youngest boys basketball coaches in the state. The former UNK and Nebraska player from Ravenna will take over for Jerry Buck at Holdrege.
Tim Barada has resigned after 17 years and a 193-166 record as boys basketball coach at Wilber-Clatonia. He has daughters who will be in ninth and sixth grades and wants to watch their activities.
John Stanton is stepping down as Platteview's boys basketball coach after six seasons. “I'm going to focus on being a dad and a grandpa,” Stanton said.
Agau scheduled to play in Derby Classic
Akoy Agau will play his first game in Louisville at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic on April 19. The game will be played at Freedom Hall, where the Cardinals played home games through 2010.
The Omaha Central senior, who signed in November with Louisville, said he might play in one other all-star game before leaving for college on May 31.
— Stu Pospisil