AURORA, Neb. (AP) — The son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in his Nebraska drug case.
Twenty-four-year-old Hopper Penn and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested during a traffic stop on April 4 on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol says a search of their vehicle turned up 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and 3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms.
Both were initially charged with felony drug possession. Court records show they later pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of attempt of a felony. Each was ordered to pay $1,000.
A no-contest plea allows a defendant to not admit guilt but acknowledge that there's enough evidence for a conviction.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska motorists could soon pay less to the state at gas pumps.
The Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that the state motor fuels tax will drop fourth-tenths of a cent on July 1, to 28 cents per gallon (nearly 4 liters) from 28.4 cents.
The fuels tax is composed of a wholesale, variable and fixed tax. The wholesale is based on the wholesale price of fuel. That tax will rise to 9.7 cents from 8.7 cents.
The variable tax is based on legislative appropriations for transportation. That rate will drop to 3.5 cents from 4.9 cents.
The fixed tax will remain unchanged at 14.8 cents per gallon.
The new rate runs through Dec. 31.
Nebraska advances execution plans despite secrecy concerns
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials are forging ahead with their effort to execute the state's longest-serving death-row inmate without disclosing where they obtained lethal injection drugs, despite a judge's order this week to identify their supplier.
The Nebraska attorney general appealed the judge's ruling on Tuesday as it pushes in a separate case to set a July 10 execution date set for Carey Dean Moore.
State officials are scrambling to execute Moore before their supply of a key execution drug expires in August, while simultaneously fighting a legal battle that could force them to reveal who gave them the drugs.
The administration of Gov. Pete Ricketts has also sued the Legislature to block a subpoena that would force the state corrections director to testify about Nebraska's execution protocol.
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have picked well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees.
The three corporate titans said Wednesday that Gawande will lead an independent company focused on a mission they announced earlier this year: figuring out ways to improve a broken and often inefficient system for delivering care.
Health care researchers have said any possible solutions produced by this new venture will be felt well beyond the estimated 1 million workers the three companies employ in the United States. Other companies that provide employee health coverage are eager to find solutions for health care costs that often rise faster than inflation and squeeze their budgets in the process.
Berkshire Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett has described health costs as a "hungry tapeworm on the American economy."
Leaders of the three companies have said little about how their Boston-based venture plans to tackle this problem, but they have noted that it will take time to figure out solutions, a point they emphasized again on Wednesday.
"We said at the outset that the degree of difficulty is high and success is going to require an expert's knowledge, a beginner's mind, and a long-term orientation," Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a prepared statement. "(Gawande) embodies all three, and we're starting strong as we move forward in this challenging and worthwhile endeavor."
Employer-sponsored insurance covers about 157 million people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That's nearly half the total U.S. population and the biggest slice of the country's patchwork health insurance market.
Neither companies nor many of their employees are happy with how the system currently works. Employers have reacted in part to rising costs by raising deductibles and other costs, asking their workers to pay more of the bill and to shop around for better deals. Many patients, especially the sickest, struggle with that.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new court in Nebraska is working with veterans facing felony charges to get their lives back on track.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Lancaster County Veterans Treatment Court has accepted six veterans into the program since it began about a year ago. The court serves combat veterans with little or no criminal record before their service ended, who were honorably discharged and have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.
Corry Starks has both and was facing two felony drug charges. He says the program is a full-time job, but it's helping him transition back into society.
Coordinator Tony Conell says the program is beginning to welcome more applicants. He says they're looking to extend treatment to combat veterans with mental health disorders beyond PTSD and brain trauma.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The state's preliminary May unemployment rate matched the April, March and February rate of 2.8 percent, the Nebraska Labor Department said in a report released Friday.
The rate is down a tenth of a point from the 2.9 percent of May 2017, the department said, and remained well below the U.S. figure, which dropped to 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.
"Total nonfarm employment for May 2018 marks an all-time high for Nebraska," said state Labor Commissioner John Albin. "Contributing to this growth were the Lincoln and Omaha metropolitan areas, which also reached historical highs."
State nonfarm employment for May was 1,039,557, up 12,760 over the year and up 13,162 over the month. Private industries with the most growth year over year were manufacturing, up 3,539; leisure and hospitality, up 3,442; and professional and business services, up 2,857.
Month to month, the largest gains were seen in mining and construction, up 3,525; trade, transportation and utilities, up 3,378; and leisure and hospitality, up 2,736.
The preliminary Omaha-area rate dropped to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent in April. The new rate is a tenth of a point lower than that of May 2017. Lincoln's preliminary rate remained unchanged at 2.6 percent in May, matching the year-ago figure. Grand Island's preliminary rate for May dropped to 2.9 percent from 3 percent in April. The new figure was a tenth of a point higher than May 2017.
The unemployment rates for Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha have not been seasonally adjusted, so they cannot be directly compared with the state unemployment rate.
Here are preliminary area labor market unemployment rates for May, followed by the April rates:
— Beatrice: 3.0, 3.1
— Columbus: 2.8, 2.8
— Fremont: 2.8, 2.8
— Hastings: 2.8, 2.9
— Kearney: 2.5, 2.3
— Lexington: 2.7, 2.9
— Norfolk: 2.5, 2.6
— North Platte: 2.9, 2.9
— Red Willow: 2.6, 2.5
— Scottsbluff: 3.2, 3.3
(GRAND ISLAND, NEB.) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol have arrested two men and seized 149 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.
At approximately Wednesday, June 13, a trooper stopped an eastbound 2017 Dodge Caravan for failing to signal near York, at mile marker 353. During the stop, the trooper observed a vacuum-sealed bag of marijuana plainly visible inside the vehicle.
Troopers and deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Office searched the vehicle and discovered 149 pounds of marijuana. The estimated street value of the marijuana is $447,000.
The driver, Robert Rosenwasser, 56, of Florida, and Milton Coore, 53, of Jamaica, were arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession with intent to deliver, and no Drug Tax stamp. Both men were lodged in York County Jail.
Former Nebraska All-America outside hitter Annika Albrecht has signed her first professional contract to play with Nantes in the French top-tier Ligue A. Albrecht was named a second-team AVCA All-American and an All-Big Ten selection in 2017 after leading the Huskers to a national championship and a Big Ten title. As a senior captain, the North Aurora, Illinois native averaged 3.02 kills per set and 2.74 digs per set while serving 34 aces in her first year as a full-time six-rotation player. She finished her career at No. 6 on Nebraska's all-time career aces chart with 139. Albrecht set a school record for career postseason sets played (75) and became the third Husker in the John Cook era (2000-present) to play in every set (489) of her four-year Husker career, joining Sarah Pavan and Dani Busboom. In her four years, the Huskers won two national titles, two Big Ten titles and reached the final four three times. Albrecht joins a Nantes squad that finished 10th in the 12-team Ligue A in 2017-18 with an 8-14 overall record.
Former Nebraska All-America setter Kelly Hunter has signed a professional contract with Beylikduzu in the Turkish Women's Volleyball League, the highest division in Turkey.H unter was a first-team AVCA All-American, the Big Ten Setter of the Year and an All-Big Ten selection in 2017, as well as the AVCA North Region Player of the Year after leading the Huskers to a national title and a Big Ten Championship. Hunter received numerous honors from volleyball publications, including National Player of the Year and All-America first-team honors from PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyMob.com. She was named co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship with teammate Mikaela Foecke. Hunter ended her career with 4,125 assists, the second-most in Husker history. She also totaled 699 career postseason assists, the most in school history. Hunter finished her career with a 16-1 record in the NCAA Tournament as Nebraska’s starting setter, posting the most wins and highest postseason winning percentage by a starting setter in Husker history. She set the Huskers to three NCAA Semifinals and two NCAA Finals, winning both championship matches. Hunter also captained two Big Ten Championships with the Huskers, becoming the first Husker setter to win back-to-back Big Ten titles. Beylikduzu, based in Istanbul, went 8-14 in 2017-18 and finished ninth in the 12-team league. The club climbed to the Turkish first division in 2012 after winning the League 2 championship. Former Huskers Jordan Larson (Eczacibasi) and Kelsey Robinson (VakifBank) also play professionally in Turkey.
In order to assist with scheduling changes and agreements for multiple schools around the country, Nebraska has agreed to change the order and dates of opponents on the 2020 non-conference football schedule. Nebraska’s September home games with South Dakota State and Central Michigan have switched on the 2020 non-conference schedule.
Sept. 12, 2020 Central Michigan at Nebraska (previously scheduled for Sept. 19)
Sept. 19, 2020 South Dakota State at Nebraska (previously scheduled for Sept. 12)
Nebraska opens the 2020 season on Sept. 5 with a Big Ten home game against Purdue. The Huskers’ third non-conference game is against Cincinnati at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 26.
Senior Scott Schreiber collected third-team All-America honors from ABCA/Rawlings on Saturday. He was eligible for the honor by virtue of achieving first-team All-Region accolades from ABCA/Rawlings on Wednesday. Schreiber earns the 103rd All-America certificate in Nebraska baseball history after senior reliever Jake Hohensee garnered second-team honors from the NCBWA last week. Schreiber, a three-time All-Big Ten performer, was a Senior CLASS Award finalist and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist this season. The ninth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2018 MLB Draft led the Huskers in most offensive statistical categories, including hits (79), home runs (18), runs scored (62) and total bases (148). He was also among the Big Ten leaders in those categories, leading the league in runs scored, while ranking second in home runs and total bases. Schreiber climbed up Nebraska’s career charts in 2018, finishing his career ranked fifth in school history in hits (259), tied for fourth in home runs (44) and ninth in RBIs (172). Schreiber previously earned honorable-mention All-America status in 2016 from Perfect Game/Rawlings after making the All-Region second team that season.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Husker basketball team will make its first trip to Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday, Dec. 16, as the Huskers will an old conference rival in a unique setting.vThe Sanford Pentagon will host a matchup between Nebraska and Oklahoma State, as Heritage Court will be the scene of the first meeting between the two programs since 2011. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, by visiting Ticketmaster.com. The start time and television coverage will be announced at a later date.vThe contest will be Nebraska’s first trip to the 3,200-seat Pentagon, which has hosted 23 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games since opening in 2013. Oklahoma State played in the venue on Dec. 12, 2015, defeating Minnesota, 62-60. “We are excited for Nebraska to make their debut at the Pentagon and to welcome back Oklahoma State to Heritage Court where they have won before,” said Kevin Lampe, executive vice president of Sanford Sports. “Two power conference programs coming off winning seasons is an outstanding matchup, and this game will be another great experience for the players and fans.” “Going back to Sioux Falls is special. I know there are a lot of Husker fans in the state, and to go back and play a high-major game in Sioux Falls will be a lot of fun for everyone,” said Nebraska head coach and Doland, South Dakota, native Tim Miles. “My parents (Tip and Alyce) plus all four siblings are in South Dakota, so to be able to play a game there is a unique opportunity. The role that Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health and the Sanford Pentagon have played is also very important. What they have done for college basketball in the Dakotas is incredible.” A member of the Big Ten, Nebraska is coming off a 22-11 season, going 13-5 in the conference in 2017-18. The Huskers fell in the first round of the NIT tournament. Nebraska returns five players who made at least 13 starts for NU in 2017-18 among its 10 returning letter winners. The returnees are led by preseason All-America candidate James Palmer Jr., who led the Huskers and was fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.2 points per game while also averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year, and is one of three double-figure scorers back for the Huskers. NU also returns senior forward Isaac Copeland Jr., who averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in earning All-Big Ten honors, and senior guard Glynn Watson Jr., who chipped in 10.5 points and 3.2 assists per game. Oklahoma State, a Big 12 program, finished the 2017-18 season with a 21-15 record. The Cowboys advanced to the third round of the NIT tournament last season, and OSU posted six wins over top-25 opponents, including a school-record four wins over top-10 squads. OSU became the first team since 2003 to earn a regular-season sweep over Kansas, and had four victories over teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Oklahoma State is expected to be led on the court by juniors Lindy Waters and Cameron McGriff, who averaged 8.7 and 8.4 points per game, respectively, in 2017-18. “We are excited to re-engage with an old conference opponent in such a great venue. Nebraska has a strong basketball program and Coach Miles has done great work in the last few seasons of re-establishing high expectations in Lincoln,” said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton, Jr. “We appreciate the Sanford Pentagon group for working with us to make this happen and are looking forward to competing.” Nebraska is 64-53 all-time against Oklahoma State dating back to 1927. The teams have not played each other since the Huskers’ final Big 12 game, a 54-53 Oklahoma State victory in the 2011 Big 12 Tournament. "I am excited to get two old conference foes together again," Miles said. "I think these games are important and drive local interest on both sides. Coach Boynton did a tremendous job in his first year getting that team to the NIT. He took over in very difficult circumstances and for him to rebound, have such great energy and such a great attitude says a lot about him as a coach. He’s is the type of guy I like to compete against.” The Huskers’ matchup with Oklahoma State is part of a loaded non-conference schedule which also features two games in Kansas City for the Hall of Fame Classic (Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State), an ACC/Big Ten matchup at Clemson, a Gavitt Tipoff Games contest with Seton Hall as well as the annual matchup with Creighton. The 2018-19 slate will also include 20 Big Ten games, as pairings were announced earlier this spring.
A proven coach with a record of success in the Big Ten Conference, Mark Hankins was announced as the new head men’s golf coach at the University of Nebraska by Athletic Director Bill Moos on Wednesday, June 13. “Mark Hankins will bring a track record of proven success in the Big Ten Conference and on the national level to our men’s golf program,” Moos said. “He has built strong teams at both Michigan State and Iowa, and we look forward to him providing leadership for Nebraska men’s golf.” Hankins, who comes to Nebraska after serving as an assistant athletic director at the University of Iowa including the past two years as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee, led the Hawkeye golf team to six consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 11 team tournament championships from 2009 to 2014 as the head coach. Hankins coached three All-Americans, 11 first-team All-Big Ten honorees and 16 All-Midwest Region selections during his seven seasons on the course with the Hawkeyes. Prior to Hankins’ arrival in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes finished in last place at the 2007 Big Ten Conference Tournament and 155th in the final national rankings. Two years later, Iowa finished 17th at the 2009 NCAA Championship Finals. In 2011, Hankins led Iowa to a tie for 10th at the NCAA Championship Finals, before adding a 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Championship Finals in 2012. In those two seasons, three Hawkeyes combined for three All-America awards on the course. “It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Nebraska Athletic Department and have the opportunity to lead a group of talented young men in striving to put Husker men’s golf in a position to compete for Big Ten Championships and selection to the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships,” Hankins said. “I want to thank Athletic Director Bill Moos and the entire administrative staff who invest daily to insure that every sport program at Nebraska is equipped to succeed at the highest levels academically and athletically.”
Prior to his 11 years in the Iowa Athletic Department, Hankins spent eight seasons (2000-07) as the head men’s golf coach at Michigan State University. He led the Spartans to five NCAA Tournament appearances from 2002 through 2007, including Big Ten Championship team titles in 2005 and 2007. Hankins was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in both seasons the Spartans claimed the team crowns. He coached a pair of All-Americans at Michigan State, while 10 Spartans earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and six Spartans earned All-Midwest Region accolades.
Overall, in 15 seasons as a Big Ten men’s golf head coach, Hankins coached five All-Americans, 21 golfers who earned All-Big Ten honors, including two Big Ten Players of the Year and a Big Ten Freshman of the Year. His student-athletes also earned a total of 47 Academic All-Big Ten accolades and nine All-America Scholar awards from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). While his Big Ten teams combined for 22 tournament titles during his tenure, he began his head coaching career by leading the University of Texas-Arlington golf program to eight tournament titles in just two seasons in 1998 and 1999. He led the Mavericks to the NCAA Tournament both seasons, including a share of the Southland Conference title in 1999. In 20 seasons of collegiate coaching, Hankins helped 15 teams to NCAA Division I Tournament appearances, including 13 bids as a head coach. He began his collegiate coaching career with three seasons at Iowa State from 1994 through 1997. He served as assistant coach for both men’s and women’s teams before serving as the associate head coach for the Cyclones men’s golf program. He helped the ISU men’s program to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1997, while the Cyclones claimed a trio of team tournament titles in those two seasons. As an athletic administrator, Hankins has also distinguished himself. In addition to his representation on the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee the past two years, Hankins has served for three years on the Big Ten Sports Management Committee and as the Big Ten golf coaches liaison. He has also spent two seasons on the Big Ten Scheduling Committee. In 2014, Hankins was elected President of the Golf Coaches Association of America, after serving as vice-president on the GCAA board from 2008 to 2014. He initially served on the board as the Central Region Director from 2004 to 2008, and on the Jack Nicklaus Award Committee from 2008 to 2010. Before embarking on his career in athletic coaching and administration, Hankins was an assistant golf professional at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club and the Ames Golf and Country Club after competing professionally in California and Florida on the Golden State Tour, PGA Tour Qualifying, and events on the Nike Tour and Tommy Armour Tour. As a collegiate student-athlete, Hankins was a two-year captain of the Iowa State golf team, earning All-Big Eight Conference honors and GCAA Scholastic All-America honors his senior season. He earned his bachelor’s degree as a psychology major from Iowa State in 1993, before earning his master’s degree in business administration from ISU in 1997.
THE MARK HANKINS FILE
Born: March 14, 1970
Hometown: Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
College: Iowa State
Bachelor’s Degree: Psychology (1993)
Master’s Degree: MBA (1997)
NCAA Division I Coaching Experience
Iowa (Head Coach)
2013-14 NCAA Championships - Regional 3rd, Big Ten
2012-13 NCAA Championships - Regional 3rd, Big Ten
2011-12 NCAA Championships - Finals (22nd) 6th, Big Ten (Joseph Winslow, GCAA/PING Honorable-Mention All-American)
2010-11 NCAA Championships - Finals (T10th) 3rd, Big Ten (Vince India, Big Ten Player of the Year, GCAA/PING Third-Team All-American;
2009-10 NCAA Championships –Regional 2nd, Big Ten
2008-09 NCAA Championship - Finals (17th) 6th, Big Ten
Michigan State (Head Coach)
2006-07 NCAA Championships - Regional T1st, Big Ten; Big Ten Coach of the Year
2005-06 NCAA Championships - Regional 4th, Big Ten
2004-05 NCAA Championships - Regional 1st, Big Ten; Big Ten Coach of the Year (Ryan Brehm, Big Ten Freshman of the Year)
2002-03 NCAA Championships - Regional 7th, Big Ten
2001-02 NCAA Championships - Regional 5th (Eric Jorgensen, Big Ten Champion; GCAA/PING Third-Team All-American)
Texas-Arlington (Head Coach)
1998-99 NCAA Championships - Regional T1st, Southland
1997-98 NCAA Championships - Regional T3rd, Southland; (Harry Singh, 20th at NCAA Championships)
Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning and Associate Head Coach Bryan Snyder have been named winners of the 2017 Terry McCann Freestyle Co-Coaches of the Year by USA Wrestling after guiding Jordan Burroughs to a world title and James Green to a world silver medal last year.
In addition to their duties with the NU program, Manning and Snyder work together as coaches for the Nebraska Regional Training Center, where a number of top men’s freestyle athletes train. The pair serve as the personal coaches of Burroughs , an Olympic gold medalist four-time world champion, and Green, a two-time world medalist. Burroughs and Green both retained their spots on the USA Wrestling World Team for the 2018 season by winning finals series at their respective weight classes at Final X at the Bob Devaney Sports Center last Saturday. The 2017 season was another remarkable campaign in the careers of Burroughs and Green, capped off by performances at the 2017 World Championships in Paris, France, where the pair helped the United States to its first team title since 1995. Burroughs won his fourth world championship in 2017, as he became the second American men’s freestyle wrestler to win four world golds, following wins in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Burroughs also won Olympic gold in 2012, and he is tied for second in U.S. history with five combined World and Olympic titles. Green earned his best finish at the World Championships in 2017, as he earned the silver medal in Paris. He also earned a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships. Both wrestlers won titles at the U.S. Open in 2017, as well as the Grand Prix of Spain. The two clinched their spots on the 2017 World Team by winning their weight classes at the World Team Trials held in Lincoln. Green also won a title at the 2017 Pan-American Championships. Manning earns the Terry McCann Award for a third time, to go along with previous awards in 2011 and 2015. Snyder earns the honor for the first time, and 2017 marks the first year that USA Wrestling has honored two coaches with the award since it was initiated in 1992. Manning recently completed his 18th season at the helm of the Nebraska program after leading the Huskers to a ninth-place finish with three All-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Championships. Snyder, a four-time All-American at NU, wrapped up his eighth year on the Husker staff in 2017-18. Manning and Snyder have guided Burroughs and Green to notable wins so far in 2018. In addition to their wins at Final X, Green won the 70 kg title at the Pan-American Championships for the second year in a row, while Burroughs defeated the 2017 world champion at 70 kg Frank Chamizo of Italy, in a Super Match contested at 74 kg at Beat the Streets New York. The 2018 Freestyle World Championships are set for Oct. 20-28 in Budapest, Hungary, where Burroughs will look to defend his title and Green will look to claim world gold for the first time. This award is named after the late wrestling legend Terry McCann, a 1960 Olympic champion wrestler. McCann was a long-time coach with the successful Mayor Daley Youth Foundation club, which won numerous national titles in freestyle and Greco-Roman and produced champion athletes for the United States. McCann also served as USA Wrestling President and a United World Wrestling Bureau member.
PAST TERRY McCANN AWARD WINNERS AS FREESTYLE COACH OF THE YEAR
2017 - Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC and Bryan Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC (co-winners)
2016 - Lou Rosselli, Norman, Okla., New York AC
2015 – Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Nebraska RTC
2014 – Terry Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2013 - Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio, New York AC
2012 – Cael Sanderson, State College, Pa., Nittany Lion WC
2011 – Mark Manning, Lincoln, Neb., Sunkist Kids
2010 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2009 – John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Gator WC
2008 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2007 - Lou Rosselli, Columbus, Ohio, New York AC
2006 - Sean Bormet, Naperville, Ill., New York AC
2005 - Mike Duroe, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye TC
2004 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
2003 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2002 - Tom Brands, Iowa City, Iowa, Hawkeye WC
2001 - Zeke Jones, Morgantown, W.Va., Sunkist Kids
2000 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1999 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1998 - John Smith, Stillwater, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1997 - Greg Strobel, Bethlehem, Pa., New York Athletic Club
1996 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1995 - Bruce Burnett, Colorado Springs, Colo., National Freestyle Coach
1994 - Gene Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo., Athletes In Action
1993 - Joe Seay, Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunkist Kids
1992 - Bobby Douglas, Ames, Iowa, Sunkist Kids
A rising star in collegiate coaching with strong connections to the Big Ten, Florida and California, Sean Maymi was announced as the new men’s tennis coach at the University of Nebraska by Athletic Director Bill Moos on Wednesday, June 13.M aymi (pronounced MY-mee) has extensive ties to the Big Ten Conference in two successful stints as the associate head coach at Michigan. He helped the Wolverines to eight NCAA Tournament appearances in his nine seasons as an assistant in Ann Arbor. In 2008, Maymi was named the ITA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year after assisting Michigan’s run to the NCAA Tournament round of 16 and a No. 16 final national ranking. This past season, Maymi helped guide Michigan back to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament again, as the Wolverines finished No. 14 in the final ITA rankings after a 22-6 season that included an 8-2 Big Ten Conference mark. “I am delighted that Sean Maymi will be leading our men’s tennis program,” Moos said. “His energy and vision along with his background as a proven winner fit perfectly with the goals and objectives that we embrace at Nebraska.”
Maymi said he jumped at the opportunity to chart a new course in the Husker men’s tennis program, after becoming just the fourth head coach in the last 68 seasons of Nebraska tennis. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be named the head coach of the Nebraska men’s tennis team,” Maymi said. “Thanks to Athletic Director Bill Moos, Deputy AD/SWA Pat Logsdon, and Senior Associate AD Keith Zimmer for this opportunity. I am motivated to lead this program and challenge these young men to achieve great things on and off the court.” In his first five seasons at Michigan from 2006-07 through 2010-11, the Wolverines advanced to five straight national tournaments and finished No. 34 or higher in the ITA national rankings all five seasons. Michigan climbed as high as No. 8 in the ITA rankings in both 2008 and 2011 before Maymi’s departure from the Wolverines and then-head coach Bruce Berque. In 2014-15, Michigan chose new leadership for its tennis program with the hiring of Adam Steinberg, who previously led Pepperdine to an NCAA team title in 2006. Steinberg brought Maymi back to the Wolverine staff for the start of the spring dual campaign. After a losing season in 2014-15, Maymi helped Michigan to three consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight top 25-final national rankings, including a final No. 14 ranking in 2017-18. For three seasons from 2011-12 through 2013-14, Maymi stepped away from collegiate tennis to work as the general manager of the global division and director of business development for Todd Martin Tennis in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Martin is the current CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and a former ATP Player who was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world in the 1990s. Maymi also spent six months training players at the Junior Tennis Champions Center - a world-class training center for young players in College Park, Maryland. After returning to Michigan for the dual season in 2015, Maymi also has served as the primary coach for current ATP player Evan King, who was ranked as high as No. 185 in the world earlier this year. King was a three-time ITA All-American and two-time Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Year (2012, 2013) as a player at Michigan. Maymi’s playing and coaching career has established strong connections from coast to coast. As a collegiate player, Maymi was a four-year letter winner and two-time team captain at North Florida, helping the Ospreys to NCAA Division II Championship appearances in 1999 and 2001. He also served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis teams in 2001-02 before graduating with his bachelor’s degree as a communications/advertising major in 2003. Maymi worked with ATP professional Michael Russell in 2002-03, acting as a coach, hitting partner and strength and conditioning leader. He also served as a member of the Player Services team at ATP International Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida in 2003. In 2004, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, California. He went on to work as a teaching professional while providing personal and group coaching to top-ranked junior players at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff, Illinois, in 2004-05. He also made his first connection in the Big Ten Conference as a volunteer coach for the Northwestern men’s tennis team, helping the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2005-06, Maymi returned to California as an assistant coach at Fresno State. He helped the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference title match while coaching the WAC Player of the Year and four other all-conference players before starting his first assistant coaching stint at Michigan in 2006-07. Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Sean and his wife, Samantha, have three daughters and a son.
THE SEAN MAYMI FILE
Born: July 31, 1978
Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
High School: York
College: University of North Florida, 2003
Bachelor’s Degree: Communications/Advertising (sociology minor)
NCAA Division I Coaching Experience
Year Record NCAA Final ITA Rank
2017-18 22-6 NCAA Round of 16 14
2016-17 23-7 NCAA Second Round 17
2015-16 21-8 NCAA Second Round 25
2014-15 7-17 None
2010-11 13-11 NCAA First Round 34
2009-10 14-11 NCAA Second Round 26
2008-09 14-15 NCAA Second Round 33
2007-08 20-7 NCAA Round of 16 16
2006-07 20-7 NCAA Second Round 21
Fresno State (assistant)
2005-06 15-7 None 46
2004-05 12-13 NCAA First Round 47
The Nebraska baseball team produced three ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region selections when the honorees for all eight regions were announced on Wednesday. Scott Schreiber and Jesse Wilkening each earned first-team accolades, while Jake Hohensee took second-team honors. Schreiber adds this to his 2018 award haul, which includes second-team All-Big Ten status in addition to being named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award. The ninth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2018 MLB Draft previously earned All-Region honors in 2016 when he made the second team. Schreiber batted .369 this season with 18 home runs, 79 hits, 62 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 52 games. Wilkening, a junior who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 14th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, collected second-team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the Huskers with a .372 batting average in 2018. A 2017 and 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List selection, Wilkening tallied nine home runs, 74 hits, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored this season. Hohensee served as Nebraska’s closer during his senior campaign in 2018 and earned a spot on the NCBWA Stopper-of-the-Year Midseason Watch List. Hohensee earned a team-high 13 saves in 19 appearances out of the bullpen and went 1-0 with a 1.05 ERA. He struck out 28 batters, while only walking six in 25.2 innings of work. In 2017, Hohensee earned third-team All-Big Ten recognition. ABCA/Rawlings All-Region first-team selections are nominated for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors. The ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans will be announced on Saturday, June 16.
2018 ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team
First Team: Scott Schreiber – 1B
First Team: Jesse Wilkening – DH
Second Team: Jake Hohensee – RP
Nebraska Football will host its Friday Night Lights camps on June 15 and June 22 at Memorial Stadium. Both events will take place from approximately 6-8 p.m., and are free and open to the public.
The following information will assist fans who intend to attend the Friday Night Lights camps at Memorial Stadium:
- Gates to the stadium will open at 5 p.m., and fans may enter the Stadium through Gates 3 (SW corner) and 11 (NW corner).
- Fans should note that access to Stadium Drive along the West side of Memorial Stadium will be limited due to construction, but fans will be able to access gates 3 and 11.
- All seating for the Friday Night Lights camps will be in the lower bowl of West Stadium, and the West Stadium concourse will not be available.
- Restrooms will be available at field level in the northwest and southwest corners, as well as South Stadium. Fans in need of ADA restrooms should see an event staff member to access restrooms in the northeast corner.
- Fans attending Friday Night Lights camps may park in the West Stadium parking garage, and the Champions Club parking lot. Those lots will be cashiered.
- Concession stands will not be open, but fans may bring their own water and snacks into the event.