Evan Klanecky, Centennial (football): The Broncos were the only 11-man football program in the state to go 9-0 in the regular season in each of the past three years. Centennial, the Class C-2 state runner-up in 2017, went 13-0 last fall and defeated Norfolk Catholic in overtime in the C-2 state finals when Klanecky elected to go for a game-winning two-point conversion after matching the Knights’ touchdown in OT.
Jim Weeks, Auburn (basketball): In his third season at Auburn after a college coaching stint at Doane, Weeks led a young Bulldog team to the Class C-1 state title, the first boys hoops title in school history. Weeks previously coached at Beatrice, where he guided the Orangemen to three Class B state titles, three runner-up finishes and 15 state tournament appearances. Weeks was the Lincoln Journal Star boys coach of the year in 1998.
Matt Turman, Omaha Skutt (football): After Skutt finished as Class B state runner-up in 2017, the SkyHawks were undefeated state champions last fall, the fourth state title for the school under Turman. Skutt has been in the state title game five of the past six seasons.
Joe Maass, Omaha South (soccer): The Packers earned their third Class A state soccer title in school history last month with a win over Creighton Prep in the finals. South has been in the state tournament 11 of the past 12 seasons with a state runner-up finish in 2010 and titles in 2013 and 2016.