Nebraska Athletic Director, Coffin Family Honored by Friends of The Homestead

BEATRICE – It’s been a good week to be University of Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos.

First, there’s the hiring of former Iowa State star player and coach, and NBA coach Fred Hoiberg as the next Husker Men’s Basketball Coach.  Now Moos has his image on a Homesteading Legacy banner that will hang outside the Homestead National Monument of America’s Education Center.

Moos was the guest speaker at a Friends of the Homestead dinner Wednesday night….the organization that provides financial and volunteer support for the National Park Service attraction west of Beatrice.

Moos comes from a homesteading family which traces its roots through eastern Montana, Nebraska, and Washington State.  His grandfather homesteaded in Cherry County on a quarter section of land.

:32                  “the west”

Moos grew up on a ranch in Washington State.  He said he and his wife love Nebraska, because of its people.

:33                  “people like you”

This week’s introduction of Fred Hoiberg to resurrect the men’s basketball program has created a major buzz across Nebraska.

:35                  “period of time”

Moos says it was important to contact Hoiberg early…as the NCAA tournament season was in swing and coaches were transitioning between jobs.

:23                  “pick of the litter”

At last night’s Friends of the Homestead banquet held at Classic’s Restaurant, the Coffin Family and their Foundation were honored for years of support to the organization and to the Homestead National Monument of America.  Monument Superintendent Mark Engler says a plaque, unveiled last night, is being dedicated to the family.

:13                  “National Monument”

Past President of the Friends organization, Diane Vicars, says the group emphasizes assisting the monument with events, owning and managing 140 acres of property that in the future will be deeded to the monument, and advocating for the National Park.

One of its ongoing efforts is supporting a proposed name change through Congressional action, to the Homestead National Historical Park.

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