WAYNE – A month after the 2020 Nebraska Shrine Bowl game saw the South team topping the North team, 30-6, next year’s coaching staff was announced.
According to a release from the Nebraska Shrine Bowl Executive Board earlier this month, Russ Plager of Wayne High was named as an assistant coach for the North Team in 2021.
Plager is entering his fourth year as the head coach at Wayne High and is coming off a semifinal berth in the Class C1 playoffs last year. WHS finished 9-3 following a 21-7 loss to the defending champion of Wahoo. The other losses came to Wahoo (47-0) on August 30 and to C1 runner-up Pierce (42-0) on September 27.
The Blue Devils will open their season with back-to-back road games in late August and early September. Wayne High will visit an experienced Logan View/Scribner-Snyder team on Friday, August 28 at 7 p.m. before traveling to West Point-Beemer on Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
The 63rd annual Shrine Bowl of Nebraska teams will be led by Columbus Lakeview head coach Kurt Frenzen (North) and Platteview head coach Mark McLaughlin (South).
Nebraska Shrine Bowl, Inc. was formed on May 13, 1958 to conduct an annual All-Star football game for graduating high school seniors in the state of Nebraska. This game recognizes the best senior football players and the efforts of great coaches with the goal of raising funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Other North Team assistants include Mike Kayl (HC at Gretna); Judson Hall (HC at Scottsbluff); Russ Plager (HC at Wayne); Wade McVey (defensive coordinator at Bellevue West) and Jeff Bargen (defensive coordinator at Lakeview).
Other South Team assistance will be Dustin Kronhofman (HC at Arapahoe); Tony Janssen (HC at Auburn); Tim Clemenger (HC at Papillion/LaVista South); Jordan Bald (RB/DB coach at Platteview) and Jeff Montgomery (offensive coordinator/QB coach at Gibbon).
The North Team head coach, Frenzen was named a Top 15 National Coach for US Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach award in 2016. McLaughlin, South Team head coach, led Gibbon to five state playoff appearances and two districts titles is now coaching at Platteview.
Dave MacDonald, Executive Director of the Nebraska Shrine Bowl commented, “We are thrilled to have Coach Frenzen, Coach McLaughlin**, and their assistant coaching staffs join us in our mission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. Their leadership on and beyond the field instills the confidence necessary to ensure the safety and healthy competition our state’s student-athletes have trained for, earned, and deserve.”
The 63rd annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl game will be played at the University of Nebraska-Kearney’s Ron and Carol Cope Stadium Foster Field in Kearney on Saturday, June 5, 2021. All proceeds from the game benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
For more information, visit neshrinebowl.org.