Big Ten Title Coach Salutes State’s Veterans

By Randy York

A two-time National Coach of the Year, an eight-time Big 12 Coach of the Year and the 2012 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year was showing prospective women’s gymnastics recruits and their families Nebraska’s second-to-none facilities Friday. Dan Kendig and Husker assistant coaches Heather Brink, Dan Miller and Owen Field could sense the hubbub in the hallways of the Dick and Peg Herman Family Student Life Complex.

Make no mistake. Every Husker coach is excited about the opportunity of getting introduced during the initial first-quarter break of Saturday’s Nebraska-Penn State football game. Whenever recruits can see more than 85,000 fans salute a team that won the 2012 Big Ten championship, they know how committed to excellence Husker Nation is.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized for a job well done,” said Kendig, whose team won the 2011 Big 12 title in the Huskers’ last year in the league and then captured the 2012 championship in their first year in the Big Ten.

Honoring Veterans Who Defend Our Freedom

“That’s great, and we are proud about winning both titles, but to be honest, that pales in comparison to the people we honor Saturday,” Kendig said. “Sunday is Veterans Day. We’re playing in Memorial Stadium, and that means a lot when you can honor people who have made this country what it is. We honor all the veterans from the past and all who continue to fight for our freedom.

“Sometimes, I just think that we all take things like that for granted, and that should never, ever, be the case,” Kendig said. “Without the efforts of all of our service men and women – past, present and future – who knows what our country would be?”

Kendig is patriotic and eager to experience another Nebraska Veterans Day Military Salute. “Nebraskans take pride in Nebraskans,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Husker from Scottsbluff, Lincoln or Omaha. We take pride in what veterans have done for us and what they’ve provided for our country. When you live in Nebraska, you feel that pride. I’m sure there are great things planned for Saturday, and I can’t wait for the flyover. That’s one of my favorite parts of every Veterans Day Salute.”

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