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BW Coaching Icon Is Inducted Into the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame

The late John Faiman is honored as one of the state's great football coaches

The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has recently announced that Bellevue West football coaching icon, the late John Faiman, will be inducted into it's 20th Hall of Fame class this fall.

The Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation's induction ceremony will be Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Lied Center in Lincoln.    Doors open at noon with the ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students grades K-12.   Preschool children are admitted free.

Inserted ImageTickets can be ordered by phone or e-mail through the Nebraska Sports Council (402-471-2544  or info@nebraskasportscouncil.com).  The 2013 induction class includes 10 athletes, four coaches, two contributors and an official. This year's inductees include:  Athletes Nicole Kubik, Matt Davison, Kelly Cizek, Reggie Smith, Bill Hawkins, Michele Kush,, John Sherlock, Donna Chvatal, Leigh Suhr, Terry Williams, Coaches John Faiman, Tom McCann, Gene Suhr, Dennis Troester; Official Darrell Lenz; Contributors Dick Christie and Jack Payne.

Coach Faiman, considered on of the top offensive coaches in the state's history, coached football for 48 years, 24 of which were at the helm of the Thunderbird football program.   His teams were consistently among the top offensive teams in the state each year and produced a number of Division I and II athletes over the years.  

Coach Faiman was a standout athlete at Omaha South High School, where he starred as an all-state player in both football and baseball.  He played in the first Shrine Bowl football game in 1959 and had opportunities to play professional baseball before deciding to accept a football scholarship from the University of Nebraska.  He went on play quarterback for the Huskers, where he threw two touchdown passes in Bob Devaney's first game as head coach.  Unfortunately, an injury cut short his football career but he did also play for the Husker baseball team.

Inserted ImageCoach Faiman began his coaching career with stints at David City, McCook, and Omaha South.  He went on to coach in the college ranks at places like Kansas State, Utah, Washington State and Missouri.  As offensive coordinator, Faiman led a Washington State team to a 19-10 victory over Nebraska in 1977 in Lincoln.  The next year, he followed Head Coach Warren Powers to the University of Missouri, where he came into Lincoln and again beat the second-ranked Cornhuskers 35-31.

After tiring of the college world where travel, recruiting and moving is the name of the game, Coach Faiman decided to go back to the high school game in 1985 so his son Kelly could attend one high school during his career.  Thus, the T-Bird football coaching icon was born.  Coach Faiman was considered one of the best offensive minds in the state while at Bellevue West.  His offense was a West Coast passing dominated offense in a run-first state.  He was innovative and productive and most of all, loved the kids he coached.

John Faiman passed away June 16, 2012.  He will be forever remembered at Bellevue West . . . . and forever missed.


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