Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Nebraska Cornhuskers
UniversityUniversity of Nebraska
ConferenceBig Ten
NCAADivision I (FBS)
Athletic directorTrev Alberts
LocationLincoln, Nebraska
Varsity teams22
Football stadiumMemorial Stadium
Basketball arenaPinnacle Bank Arena
Ice hockey arenaJohn Breslow Ice Center
Baseball stadiumHaymarket Park
Softball stadiumBowlin Stadium
Soccer stadiumBarbara Hibner Stadium
Lacrosse stadiumCook Pavilion
Vine Outdoor Complex
Other arenasDevaney Center
Nebraska Coliseum
Ed Weir Stadium
MascotHerbie Husker
Lil' Red
Big Red
Fight songHail Varsity
ColorsScarlet and cream[1]
Big Ten logo in Nebraska's colors

The Nebraska Cornhuskers (often abbreviated to Huskers) are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The university is a member of the Big Ten Conference, and the Cornhuskers compete in NCAA Division I, fielding 22 varsity teams (9 men's, 13 women's) in 15 sports. Nineteen of these teams participate in the Big Ten, while rifle is a member of the single-sport Great America Rifle Conference and beach volleyball and bowling compete as independents. The Cornhuskers have two official mascots, Herbie Husker and Lil' Red.

Early nicknames for the university's athletic teams included the Antelopes (later adopted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney), the Old Gold Knights, the Bugeaters, and the Mankilling Mastodons. Cornhuskers first appeared in a school newspaper headline ("We Have Met The Cornhuskers And They Are Ours"), after a 20–18 upset victory over Iowa in 1893. In this instance, Cornhuskers was used to refer to Iowa.[2][3][4] The first time the name was applied to Nebraska was in 1899, when Nebraska State Journal writer Cy Sherman, who would later help originate the AP Poll, began referring to Nebraska's football team as the Cornhuskers. The next year, the nickname was officially adopted by the school.[5][6][7]

For nearly 100 years, the Cornhuskers participated in the Big Eight Conference (previously known as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Big Six, and the Big Seven), and later for 15 years in the Big 12 Conference, which was formed when the Big Eight merged with four members of the defunct Southwest Conference. Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011.

Nebraska's athletic programs have won 21 national championships: eight in men's gymnastics, six in bowling, five in football and volleyball, and three in women's track and field.[8]

Fall varsity sports[]

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Beach volleyball
Cross country Bowling
Football Cross country
Golf Golf
Gymnastics Gymnastics
Tennis Rifle
Track & field Soccer
Wrestling Softball
Swimming & diving
Track & field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Cross country[]

The Nebraska Cornhuskers field men's and women's cross country teams, both of which have been coached by David Harris since 2012. They currently run on a course through Pioneer's Park in Lincoln. The men's team was founded in 1938 and the women's team in 1975, to help satisfy Title IX requirements.


  • Conference championships (1): 1940


  • Conference championships (5): 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993


Nebraska vs. USC at Memorial Stadium on September 16, 2007

Nebraska's football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in the Big Ten's West Division. Nebraska plays its home games at Memorial Stadium, where it has sold out every game since 1962.[9] The team is currently coached by Scott Frost.

Nebraska is among the most storied programs in college football history. The Cornhuskers trail only Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas in all-time victories among FBS teams, and have won more games against Power Five opponents than any other program.[10] Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997), and has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim.[11][12] NU's 1971 and 1995 title-winning teams are considered by many to be among the best in college football history.[13] Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch, who join 22 other NU personnel in the College Football Hall of Fame. Notable among these are players Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, and Will Shields, and coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.[14]

The program's first extended period of success came just after the turn of the century. Between 1900 and 1916, Nebraska had five undefeated seasons and completed a stretch of 34 consecutive games without a loss, still a program record.[15] Despite a span of 21 conference championships in 33 seasons, the Cornhuskers didn't experience major national success until Bob Devaney was hired in 1962. In eleven seasons as head coach, Devaney won two national championships, eight conference titles, and coached 22 All-Americans, but perhaps his most lasting achievement was the hiring of Tom Osborne as offensive coordinator in 1969.[16] Osborne was named Devaney's successor in 1973, and over the next 25 years established himself as one of the best coaches in college football history with his trademark I-form offense and revolutionary strength, conditioning, and nutrition programs.[17] Following Osborne's retirement in 1997, Nebraska cycled through four head coaches before hiring state native Scott Frost in 2017.[18]

  • Conference championships (46): 1894, 1895, 1897, 1907, 1910–17, 1921–23, 1928, 1929, 1931–33, 1935–37, 1940, 1963–66, 1969–72, 1975, 1978, 1981–84, 1988, 1991–95, 1997, 1999
  • Division championships (10): 1996, 1997, 1999–2001, 2006, 2008–10, 2012
  • National championships (claimed in bold) (14): 1915, 1921, 1970, 1971, 1980–84, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999

Women's soccer[]

In 1995, Nebraska became the first school in the Big Eight to create a varsity women's soccer program. John Walker was hired lead the new program and took his team to the NCAA tournament in only his third year. Nebraska made the tournament in the next eight seasons, not missing again until 2006. The team has reached the Sweet 16 eight times and the Elite Eight twice. Walker has earned NSCAA National Coach of the Year, NSCAA Central Region Coach of the Year and Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year during his tenure in Lincoln. As of the 2018 season, the Huskers' (and Walker's) all-time record is 318–151–39 (.664).

  • Conference championships (4): 1996, 1999, 2000, 2013
  • Conference tournament championships (6): 1996, 1998–2000, 2002, 2013
  • NCAA Tournament appearances (11): 1996–2005, 2013


Nebraska vs. Penn State at the Devaney Center on November 30, 2013

Nebraska's volleyball program is among the best in the history of the sport. The Cornhuskers have won five national championships (1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017) and reached the national semifinals on ten other occasions. NU has won more games than any other college volleyball program, and ranks second in terms of national semifinal appearances, tournament wins, and tournament winning percentage. Nebraska has made the NCAA tournament for 36 consecutive seasons and has never been ranked outside of the top 20. The Cornhuskers have featured more AVCA All-Americans than any other program, including four National Player of the Year award winners. Nebraska, Penn State, Texas, and are the only four programs not on the west coast to have won a women's volleyball national title.[19]

Nebraska volleyball is one of the most popular spectator attractions in the state. In 2008, AVCA executive director Kathy DeBoer described Nebraska as "the epicenter of volleyball fandom." The Cornhuskers have led the country in attendance every year since moving to the Devaney Center in 2013 and have sold out over 250 straight home matches, an NCAA record for any women's sport. Before moving to the much larger Devaney Center, Nebraska played at the NU Coliseum, which provided an unparalleled home-court advantage. While playing there, the Cornhuskers had 15 undefeated seasons at home, compiling an all-time record of 454–30 under its roof. From 2005 to 2009, Nebraska won an NCAA-record 90 consecutive home games.

The Cornhuskers have played in several of the highest-attended games in NCAA history, including the 2017 national championship game, when 18,516 fans watched Nebraska defeat Florida 3-1 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. This broke the all-time record set just two days before, when Nebraska beat Penn State 3-2 in the national semifinals.[20]

  • Conference championships (34): 1976–92, 1994–96, 1998–2002, 2004–08, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017
  • Conference tournament championships (Big Eight only) (18): 1976–86, 1988–91, 1993–95
  • AIAW (7) / NCAA (37) Tournament appearances: 1975–81, 1983–2019
  • NCAA Tournament national semifinals (16): 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2015–18, 2021
  • NCAA Tournament championships (5): 1995, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2017

Winter varsity sports[]

Men's basketball[]

While most of the University of Nebraska's athletic programs have seen large amounts of continued success, men's basketball has been an exception, accomplishing little of note since the establishment of the NCAA Tournament in 1939. Nebraska has not won a conference championship since sharing the Big Seven title with Kansas and Kansas State in 1950, and has not won the conference outright since going a perfect 12–0 in the Missouri Valley in 1916. Nebraska's lengthiest period of sustained success came in the first years of the sport's existence. The retroactive Premo-Porretta Power Poll ranked the Cornhuskers in the top ten three times between 1897 and 1903.[21]

Nebraska is the only power conference program to never to win a game in the NCAA Tournament. In fact, the first tournament trip for the Cornhuskers did not come until 1986, 46 years after the tournament began. Much of the team's success came during the tenure of Danny Nee, who coached the Huskers from 1987 to 2000. Nee is the team's all-time winningest head coach, with an overall record of 254–190. Nee led Nebraska to five of its six NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as six trips to the National Invitation Tournament, winning the NIT in 1996.

Tim Miles was hired on in 2012 to replace the fired Doc Sadler as Nebraska's head coach. Miles led the Huskers to the NCAA tournament in 2014, but failed to reach it in any of the five following seasons. Shortly after the conclusion of Nebraska's 2018–19 season, Miles was fired, and Nebraska hired former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.[22]

  • Conference championships (6): 1912–14, 1916, 1949, 1950
  • Conference tournament championships (1): 1994
  • NCAA Tournament appearances (7): 1986, 1991–94, 1998, 2014
  • NIT appearances (19): 1967, 1978, 1980, 1983–85, 1987, 1989, 1995–97, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, 2019
  • NIT championships (1): 1996

Women's basketball[]

Nebraska's women's basketball program started as a club sport in 1970 and became a varsity sport five years later. George Nicodemus was the first head coach, leading the Huskers to a 22–9 record and the second round of the AIAW Tournament in his first season. Nicodemus left the program in 1971, and the school cycled through head coaches before hiring Angela Beck in 1986. Beck led the Huskers to the Big Eight championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1988. She took the Huskers back to the NCAA Tournament in 1993 and 1996, but left the program after 1997 to pursue other opportunities. Beck's replacement was Paul Sanderford, who led Nebraska the tournament in his first three seasons. When Sanderford resigned in 2002 due to health issues, the school hired Creighton head coach Connie Yori. Under Yori's guidance, Nebraska became a fixture in the national top 25 and NCAA Tournament. In 2010, the Cornhuskers went 32-2, earned a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Yori resigned in 2016 after a controversial investigation led by then-athletic director Shawn Eichorst concluded Yori had mistreated her players and assistant coaches. On April 11, 2016, former Huskers point guard Amy Williams was named Yori's replacement.

  • Conference championships (2): 1988, 2010
  • Conference tournament championships (1): 2014
  • AIAW/NCAA Tournament appearances (16): 1979–81, 1988, 1993, 1996, 1998–2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012–15
  • WNIT appearances (4): 2004–06, 2009


Bowling has been an official varsity sport at Nebraska since 1996. Prior to this, the club program won IBC national titles in 1991 and 1995. Bill Straub, who had also coached the club team, was hired to lead the varsity program and took the team to three more IBC titles, in 1997, 1999, and 2001. In 2003, the NCAA created a women's bowling tournament and the Huskers won the first two national titles. Nebraska has won four more titles since, and has never been ranked outside the top ten since national collegiate rankings debuted in 1990. In 2019, Straub retired and longtime assistant Paul Klempa was named head coach.[23]

Bowling competes as an independent, making it one of only three programs at Nebraska not affiliated with the Big Ten.

  • IBC (13) / NCAA (17) Tournament appearances: 1991–2019, 2021
  • IBC (5) / NCAA (6) national championships: 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2021

Men's gymnastics[]

Nebraska's men's gymnastics program is one of the most successful in the nation, with eight team national championships and 41 NCAA event titles. Ten Huskers have represented the United States in the Olympics. Nebraska is one of only five Big Ten schools to sanction a men's gymnastics program.


  • All-around national championships (9): Jim Hartung (1980, 1981), Wes Suter (1985), Tom Schlesinger (1987), Kevin Davis (1988), Patrick Kirksey (1989), Dennis Harrison (1994), Richard Grace (1995), Jason Hardabura (1999)


  • Conference championships (15): 1964, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988–90, 1992–94, 1997, 1999
  • NCAA championships (8): 1979–83, 1988, 1990, 1994

Women's gymnastics[]

Nebraska's women's gymnastics program was established in 1975. The school's first team, led by head coach Karen Balke, was composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Balke left after only two seasons, and Judy Schalk was named head coach. Schalk left after coaching the Huskers to five conference titles and a national tournament bid. Rick Walton replaced Schalk and gave the school its first NCAA event title when Michele Bryant won the vault in 1990. He captured four straight Big Eight championships, each resulting in an NCAA Tournament appearance. After the 1993 season, Walton left and Dan Kendig was named head coach. In his first year, he was named the conference coach of the year after leading the Huskers to the Big Eight title. In 1997, Nebraska upset No. 1 Utah to reach the Super Six Finals for the first time in school history. Kendig won his sixth consecutive conference championship in 1999 and was named national coach of the year. Kendig's team has won four individual event titles when Heather Brink won two NCAA event titles in all around and vault in 2000 and Richelle Simpson won the all around title and the floor exercise title in 2003. To date, Nebraska has never had a losing season.


  • All-around national championships (2): Heather Brink (2000), Richelle Simpson (2003)


  • Conference championships (1): 2014
  • Conference meet championships (23): 1978–80, 1982, 1983, 1987–90, 1994–99, 2001–03, 2005, 2007, 2011–13
  • NCAA Tournament appearances (23) 1982, 1983, 1987–90, 1995–97, 1999–2007, 2010–12, 2014, 2015


Rifle is classified as a co-ed sport by the NCAA, but Nebraska has always composed its team solely of women. Rifle got its start as an official sport at the university in 1998. The team practices and hosts meets at the 10-point indoor firing range located in the Military and Naval Sciences Building (ROTC).

Rifle competes in the Great America Rifle Conference, making it one of only three programs at Nebraska not affiliated with the Big Ten.

  • Conference championships (1): 2006
  • Conference tournament championships (2): 2005, 2006
  • NCAA Tournament appearances (13): 2000, 2001, 2004–08, 2010, 2013–17

Men's track and field[]

Nebraska's men's track and field team started in 1922 under coach Henry Schulte, who led the Huskers to nine conference titles before his retirement. His assistant, college football Hall of Famer Ed Weir, replaced Schulte and won five conference titles before becoming an assistant athletic director. Jerry Lee led the team for a single season before Frank Sevigne took over the program in 1956. Under Sevigne, the Huskers won 11 individual national championships, with 42 All-American athletes and 103 individual conference champions in combined indoor and outdoor events. After Sevigne retired in 1983, Gary Pepin took over the program and currently coaches both the men's and women's teams.

Indoor track and field is a winter sport, while outdoor is a spring sport.


  • Conference championships (37): 1930–33, 1936–38, 1940–42, 1949, 1951, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1985, 1987–89, 1992, 1994–98, 2000–05, 2007, 2015, 2016


  • Conference championships (29): 1921–24, 1926, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939–42, 1950, 1966, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016

Women's track and field[]

Nebraska's women's track and field program was created during the 1975–76 academic year and began competition in 1976. The team's first head coach was Roger Capan, but he left after only one season at the school and was replaced by Carol Frost, whose son Scott would later quarterback the Cornhuskers to a national championship in . Frost left Nebraska after the 1980 season, and Gary Pepin took over the program. Two years later Pepin assumed control of the men's program as well, a dual role he still holds.

Indoor track and field is a winter sport, while outdoor is a spring sport.


  • Conference championships (24): 1980–97, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012
  • AIAW (1) / NCAA (2) national championships: 1982–84


  • Conference championships (18): 1980–95, 2000, 2005


Nebraska's wrestling program started over 100 years ago and is one of the most storied programs in collegiate wrestling. The school's first official team began competition in 1910 under the guidance of head coach R.G. Clapp. Current head coach Mark Manning has led the Huskers since 2000 and twice won conference coach of the year.[24] Former Nebraska standouts include 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 bronze medalist Rulon Gardner, and two-time NCAA champion Jordan Burroughs, who won the 2011 Freestyle World Championships Istanbul. Burroughs later won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


  • National championships (11): Mike Nissen (1963 – 123 lbs), Jim Scherr (1984 – 177 lbs), Bill Scherr (1984 – 190 lbs), Jason Kelber (1991 – 126 lbs), Tony Purler (1993 – 126 lbs), Tolly Thompson (1995 – HWT), Brad Vering (2000 – 197 lbs), Jason Powell (2004 – 125 lbs), Paul Donahoe (2007 – 125 lbs), Jordan Burroughs (2009 – 157 lbs; 2011 – 165 lbs)


  • NCAA Championship appearances (53): 1928, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1961–63, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1980–2019
  • Conference championships (7): 1911, 1915, 1924, 1949, 1993, 1995, 2009

Spring varsity sports[]


Hawks Field

Nebraska's baseball program made the NCAA Tournament just three times before Dave Van Horn was hired to lead the Huskers in 1998. NU won its first conference tournament in Van Horn's second season, and in 2000 advanced to a super regional for the first time. The Cornhuskers reached the College World Series, held annually in nearby Omaha, in each of the following two seasons, but failed to win a game in either appearance. Van Horn compiled a record of 214–92 during his five-year tenure as head coach, but left NU following the 2002 season to coach at Arkansas, his alma mater. Former Van Horn assistant Mike Anderson led Nebraska back to the College World Series in 2005, winning a school-record 57 games. Darin Erstad replaced Anderson in 2011, but won just one conference title in eight years before retiring. In 2020, NU hired Texas A&M assistant Will Bolt to lead the program.

In 2002, the Huskers moved from the aging Buck Beltzer Stadium to Hawks Field at Haymarket Park, often considered one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country. Nebraska has been in the top 30 for average attendance every year since the move to Hawks Field.

  • Conference championships (8): 1929, 1948, 1950, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2017, 2021
  • Conference tournament championships (4): 1999–2001, 2005
  • NCAA District (2) / NCAA Tournament (17) appearances: 1948, 1950, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1999–2003, 2005–08, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021
  • College World Series appearances (3): 2001, 2002, 2005

Beach volleyball[]

Nebraska announced on January 9, 2013 that it would add beach volleyball as the school's 22nd intercollegiate sport. The Nebraska Cornhuskers women's beach volleyball team began play in the spring of 2013. In 2016, the NCAA began holding an officially sponsored beach volleyball tournament (previously the sport was run by the AVCA), but Nebraska did not attempt to qualify, feeling it didn't make sense from a logistical standpoint. Despite the sport's increasing popularity (55 teams now compete in Division I), Nebraska runs one of the only beach volleyball programs in the Midwest, and generally plays its entire season during a spring break trip to California and Hawaii. Nebraska's beach roster is composed entirely of players from its indoor program, and according to head coach John Cook, the school plans to use beach volleyball primarily as a training tool for indoor for the time being.

On March 8, 2017, Nebraska hosted Missouri Baptist at the Hawks Championship Center. The match was closed to the public because of space limitations, but was noteworthy as the first collegiate beach volleyball match to take place in the state of Nebraska. The Cornhuskers swept the Spartans 5–0.

Through eight seasons of competition, Nebraska's overall record is 46–50. Beach volleyball competes as an independent, making it one of only three programs at Nebraska not affiliated with the Big Ten.

Beginning in 2006, CBS College Sports Network, American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) sponsored the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, an invitational tournament. In 2007 Nebraska (Jordan Larson and Sarah Pavan) won a competition among eight colleges, which featured two players per school.[25]

Men's golf[]

Nebraska's golf program began in 1935, led by College Football Hall of Fame coach Dana X. Bible. The team's greatest successes came under longtime head coach Larry Romjue, who took NU to all four of its NCAA Championship appearances. The program has been coached by Mark Hankins since 2018.

  • Conference championships (2): 1936, 1937
  • NCAA Championship appearance (4): 1973, 1978, 1998, 1999

Women's golf[]

NU established a women's golf program in 1975, initially under the leadership of men's coach Larry Romjue. In 1979, Nebraska hired its first coach exclusively to coach women's golf. The Cornhuskers have made the NCAA Championship three times. The program is currently coached by Lisa Johnson.

  • Conference championships (2): 1976, 1983
  • NCAA Championship appearance (3): 2000, 2003, 2006


Nebraska's softball program started in 1970, before it was an official NCAA sport. Since the NCAA sanctioned softball in 1983, the Cornhuskers have made eight appearances in the Women's College World Series, held annually in Oklahoma City, and won the tenth-most games of any program. Rhonda Revelle became the program's head coach in 1992, and since then she has won 937 games, more than any other coach in Nebraska athletics history. Revelle has won seven conference titles and was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

  • Conference championships (10): 1982, 1984–88, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2014
  • Conference tournament championships (9): 1982, 1984–88, 1998, 2000, 2004
  • NCAA Tournament appearances (25): 1982, 1984, 1985 (vacated), 1987, 1988, 1995–2007, 2009–11, 2013–16
  • Women's College World Series appearances (8): 1982, 1984, 1985 (vacated), 1987, 1988, 1998, 2002, 2013

Men's tennis[]

Nebraska's men's tennis team was established in 1928 and has made the NCAA Championship twice, most recently in 2011. Five Cornhuskers have won conference championships, and 17 have been named all-conference selections. In 1989, Steven Jung was the NCAA Singles runner-up and was named NU's first All-American.[26] Jung is the only men's tennis player in the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame.[27]

NU made its only two NCAA appearances under Kerry McDermott, who led the program for 37 years. Following the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, Nebraska announced McDermott would not return as head coach, and Sean Maymi was hired as his replacement.[28][29]

  • NCAA Championship appearance (2): 2010, 2011

Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame[]

The University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2015. 22 former student-athletes were honored in the inaugural class.[30]

Class of 2015

Steve Friesen – Golf
Alex Gordon – Baseball
Charlie Greene – Track & field
Jim Hartung – Gymnastics
Penny Heyns – Swimming & diving
Karen Jennings – Basketball
Steve Jung – Tennis
Joe Kirby – Cross country
Christine Latham – Soccer
Liz Mooney – Tennis
Merlene Ottey – Track & field
Eric Piatkowski – Basketball
Adam Pine – Swimming & diving
Shannon Pluhowsky – Bowling
Dave Rimington – Football
Sarah Sasse-Kildow – Golf
Bill Scherr – Wrestling
Richelle Simpson – Gymnastics
Lori Sippel – Softball
Fran ten Bensel – Cross country
Amanda Trujillo – Rifle
Allison Weston – Volleyball

Class of 2016

Heather Brink – Gymnastics
Phil Cahoy – Gymnastics
Janet Kruse – Volleyball
Nicole Martial – Track & field
Nancy Metcalf – Volleyball
Johnny Rodgers – Football
Will Shields – Football

Class of 2017

Bob Brown – Football
Karen Dahlgren – Volleyball
Denise Day – Softball
Rich Glover – Football
Dave Hoppen – Basketball
Scott Johnson – Gymnastics

Class of 2018

Bob Devaney – Football
Darin Erstad – Baseball
Peaches James – Softball
Tom Osborne – Football
Sarah Pavan – Volleyball
Mike Rozier – Football
Tom Schlesinger – Gymnastics

Class of 2019

Francis Allen – Gymnastics
Rhonda Bladford-Green – Track & field
Greichaly Cepero – Volleyball
Carol Frost – Track & field
Wes Suter – Gymnastics
Ed Weir – Football
Grant Wistrom – Football

Class of 2020

Amanda Burgoyne – Bowling
Eric Crouch – Football
Sam Francis – Football
Maurtice Ivy – Basketball
Jordan Larson – Volleyball
Terry Pettit – Volleyball

Class of 2021

Therese Alshammar – Swimming
Jordan Burroughs – Wrestling
Bob Cerv – Baseball
Kelsey Griffin – Basketball
Larry Jacobson – Football
Cathy Noth – Softball

Club sports[]

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln runs club programs for the following sports: badminton, barbell, baseball, bowling, broomball, climbing, crew, curling, cycling, dodgeball, golf, men's hockey, women's hockey, judo, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, rifle, men's rugby, women's rugby, runners, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, sport officials, swim, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, men's ultimate Frisbee, women's ultimate Frisbee, men's volleyball, women's volleyball, water polo, and water ski.


Jordan Burroughs won a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics

A total of 111 athletes from NU have combined to compete in 163 Olympic Games. Nebraska athletes have won 54 medals, including 16 gold medals, while representing 30 countries. Merlene Ottey is Nebraska's most decorated Olympian, winning nine medals and competing in seven Olympic Games, a record for track and field competitors.[31][32]

Olympic medals won by Nebraska athletes
Athlete Sport Medals
Penny Heyns South Africa Swimming 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Don Quarrie Jamaica Sprinting 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Adam Pine Australia Swimming 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Jordan Larson United States Volleyball 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Curtis Tomasevicz United States Bobsleigh 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Charlie Greene United States Sprinting 1st place, gold medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Kelsey Robinson United States Volleyball
Rulon Gardner United States Wrestling
Jordan Burroughs United States 1st place, gold medalist(s)
Justine Wong-Orantes United States Volleyball
Trent Dimas United States Gymnastics
Jim Hartung United States
Scott Johnson United States
Jim Mikus United States
Linetta Wilson United States Sprinting
Merlene Ottey Jamaica Slovenia 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Therese Alshammar Sweden Swimming 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Shelley-Ann Brown Canada Bobsleigh 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
Matt Lindland United States Wrestling
Kayla Banwarth United States Volleyball 3rd place, bronze medalist(s)
Lori Endicott United States
Dan Brand United States Wrestling
Bill Scherr United States
Brian Duensing United States Baseball
Keith Gardner Jamaica British West Indies Sprinting
Ximena Restrepo Colombia
Emma Johnson Australia Swimming
Karina LeBlanc Canada Soccer
Brittany Timko Canada
Priscilla Lopes Canada Hurdles
Danielle Page Serbia Basketball

Athletic facilities[]

Colonel Cobb at a football game at Memorial Stadium in 1958

Home venues[]

Venue Built Sport(s)
City Campus
Bob Devaney Sports Center 1976 Gymnastics
Swimming & diving
Track & field
Ed Weir Stadium 1975 Track & field
Hawks Championship Center 2006 Beach volleyball
Memorial Stadium 1923 Football
Military and Naval Science Building 1947 Rifle
East Campus
East Campus Bowling Lanes 1977 Bowling
Off campus
Barbara Hibner Soccer Stadium 2015 Soccer
Bowlin Stadium 2001 Softball
Hawks Field 2001 Baseball
John Breslow Ice Hockey Center 2015 Ice hockey (club)
Pinnacle Bank Arena 2013 Basketball
Pioneers Park Nature Center 1963 Cross country
Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center 2015 Tennis
Wilderness Ridge Golf Club 2001 Golf

Additional facilities[]

Venue Purpose Built Location
Cook Pavilion Student recreation 1987 City campus
Hawks Championship Center Football practice facility 2006 City campus
Osborne Athletic Complex Athletic administration
Athletic health and medicine
Strength & conditioning
2006 City campus
Nebraska Coliseum Basketball (former home venue)
Volleyball (former home venue)
Wrestling (former home venue)
Student recreation
1926 City campus
Recreation and Wellness Center Student recreation 1926 East campus
17th & Vine Outdoor Complex
14th & Avery Outdoor Complex
Fleming Fields
Student recreation N/A City campus
City campus
East campus


Herbie Husker

Herbie Husker – Herbie Husker first appeared in 1974 and has gone through major changes since, most recently in 2003 to update the overall appearance of the state's agricultural workers and general public. This particular alteration has proved to be incredibly unpopular among fans, who cite the new mascot's boring appearance as evidence in favor of the old mascot and its unique design. Herbie was named National Mascot of the year for the 2005 football season.

Lil' Red – Lil' Red was created before the 1993 season to appeal to younger fans. He was the national champion at the NCA National Mascot Competition in 1999 and was introduced into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007.[33]

Prior to Herbie Husker and Lil' Red, Nebraska cycled through a variety of mascots. Colonel Cobb appeared in the 1940s and 1950s with a corn cob head and green body. Both Husker Man and Colonel Cobb were used throughout the 1960s. Harry Husker, the predecessor to Herbie, was the school's official mascot from 1965 to 1973.[34][35]


A Nebraska fan attends a football game at Memorial Stadium in 1973

Decades of high attendance and well-traveling crowds across all sports have earned Nebraska fans a reputation for being fiercely loyal and dedicated. The school's athletic department proclaimed their fans "the greatest fans in college football" in an inscription above each of the 24 gates at Memorial Stadium.[36][37] In 2001, President George W. Bush stated that he "can't go without saying how impressed I am by the Nebraska fan base. Whether it be for women's volleyball or football, there's nothing like the Big Red."[38]

Memorial Stadium is sometimes referred to as The Sea of Red due to the home crowd's propensity to wear a certain color. Nebraska has sold out every home football game since November 3, 1962, 368 in a row, the longest sellout streak in college athletics.[39] Cornhuskers fans are noted for often applauding the visiting team as they leave the field at the end of the game.[40] Nebraska fans are regarded as some of the best-traveling fans in the country. The most notorious example of this took place when Nebraska traveled to play Notre Dame in 2000. An estimated 35,000 people were wearing red at Notre Dame Stadium as No. 1 Nebraska beat No. 25 Notre Dame in overtime.[41][42]

Nebraska's volleyball program has sold out 274 consecutive matches between the Nebraska Coliseum and Devaney Center, the longest streak of its kind in women's college sports. The Cornhuskers have led the country in attendance for five straight seasons, and have played in eight of the ten highest-attended volleyball matches ever played. Nebraska's victory over Florida in the 2017 national championship match set a new record with 18,516 fans in attendance.

Academic success[]

Nebraska has produced more total and football academic All-Americans than any other school . Through the 2016–17 academic year, the school has had 330 academic All-Americans across all sports.[43][44]

Most Division I academic All-Americans
1 Nebraska 330
2 Notre Dame 257
3 Stanford 216
4 Penn State 200
5 Alabama 161
6 Florida 144
7 Michigan 137
Minnesota 137
9 Georgia 136
Texas 136

See also[]


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