LINCOLN, Neb. (KNOP) - Tuesday the Nebraska Coaches Association, paired with the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, announced two Nebraska coaches will be inducted into the NHSACA national high school coaches hall of fame in 2020.
Dan Keyser was inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 from his time as a coach for Cambridge, where he finished with a 198-51 record. (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
Sutherland superintendent and assistant football coach Dan Keyser and Norfolk Catholic activities director football coach Jeff Bellar are the two inductees from Nebraska.
Keyser and Bellar were nominated for the award by the NCA, based on their career longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage.
"I've been very blessed to be surrounded by a lot of good people and student athletes along the way. This award is not just for me, it's for everyone who has been there with me along the way," Keyser said.
Keyser was previously inducted into the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 for his work as the coach at Cambridge, where he set a Nebraska 11-man record with 48 consecutive victories and put together a streak of 71 straight regular season wins. Keyser coached the Trojans from 1989-2005, and led them to six undefeated state football championships and two other championship games. He also led Cambridge to a state track championship as a head coach in 2005, and as an assistant coach in 1994. Keyser was named the NCA coach of the year twice during his time at Cambridge, and finished his 26-year coaching career with a record of 198-51.
Keyser went to Sutherland in 2010 to be the school's superintendent, and has been an assistant coach for the Sailors for the last two seasons.
In 30+ years of coaching and working in education, Keyser has had the opportunity to work with a lot of students and athletes.
"We have athletics to make kids better people and better citizens. It mean a lot to have kids call back and say 'hey coach, thanks.' That's very neat that is was a positive experience for them," Keyser said.
The induction ceremony will be held at the NHSACA national convention at the Lincoln Station Great Hall in the Haymarket in Lincoln on July 22.
NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.