Lincoln Rotary Club #14 will honor University of Nebraska-Lincoln head volleyball coach John Cook as the 2018 Nebraskan of the Year at a luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at Embassy Suites, 1040 P St.
The award was established to honor and recognize the accomplishments of a Nebraskan who has distinguished himself or herself through service to others in keeping with ideals of Rotary International.
Each year, one honoree from a statewide field of nominees is selected based on honesty, integrity and concern for others; service in charitable and civic causes; and leadership and significant accomplishments in his/her profession or volunteer activities.
John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach. He has led the Huskers to four of their five NCAA championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook currently has 692 career wins and is the fifth-winningest coach in NCAA history.
Under Cook, the Huskers have had 52 All-Americans and 19 Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and seven-time Conference Coach of the Year.
Cook has worked tirelessly to bring success to Nebraska through his coaching and support of volleyball as a sport and his mentoring of student athletes and coaches. He has helped brand the best of Nebraska to the rest of the country.
Cook and his wife, Wendy, a former two-time All-American setter at San Diego State University, are the parents of two children, Lauren and Taylor. Lauren, also a volleyball player, completed her senior season at Nebraska in 2012.
Previous winners of the Nebraskan of the Year award include businessman Tony Messineo, philanthropist and business leader Duane Acklie, former U.S. Congressman and Nebraska Coach and Athletic Director Dr. Tom Osborne, U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Civil Rights Leader Leola Bullock and former Nebraska Governor Charles Thone.
To attend this year’s Nebraskan of the Year award luncheon, go to www.rotary14.org/noy.