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Dan L. Young MALS ’70

Dan L. Young MALS ’70, November 24, 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska, from brain cancer. Danny earned his BS from Kearney State College in education and a master's degree from Reed in mathematics, with additional education toward a PhD in mathematics from the University of Missouri. His first job was teaching high school math and science in Barnston, Nebraska; he also coached baseball, basketball, and football. He moved to Omaha's Westside High School, teaching math and coaching football, and then spent 17 years as offensive line coach of the fearsome University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, who won three national championships while he was on the coaching staff. Ken Nickerson ’63, professor of biology at the University of Nebraska, was in touch with us about Danny's death: “It was very much a surprise to me that a Reed alumnus ended up as a legendary football coach . . . A football coach from Reed was even more surprising in that I played (a little) on the 1959 Reed team, and I believe that football was dropped shortly thereafter.” Danny also taught football theory at and received the Lyell Bremser Merit Award. “The kids (players) absolutely loved Dan because of his honesty and the fact he was a straight shooter with them,” a colleague told the Husker Extra. “Ain't nothing phony about him. You knew where you stood with Dan, on the field and in the meeting room.” Survivors include his son and daughter, five grandchildren, and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2011

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