Westside Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Westside High School proudly announces the six newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2017. Three alumni, a coach, a community member and the 1976-1977 Westside Wrestling Teams will be honored at the Annual Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on Friday May 5.
- Dr. Jeff Seume, Class of 1972
- Dr. Jeff Seume was a standout 2-sport athlete at Westside High School. He was a 2-year letter winner in basketball and a 3-year letter winner in baseball. In 1971, Seume was selected to the All Metro second team, state tournament All Star Team and Metro Holiday All Star Team. His senior year, Seume was selected first team All Metro and first team All State. As Coach Hall put it, “Jeff was the best all around player he has coached.”
- Seume was a 3-year starting pitcher for the Warriors and considered by many the best in the state. He helped lead the Warriors to the 1971 State Championship in both the spring and summer seasons. After a successful high school career, Seume went on to play basketball at Wheaton College located in Wheaton, Illinois.
- After graduating from college, Seume served as a pastor and today he leads the training and encouragement of Christian leaders in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Seume has been married to wife Carole for 38 years and they have four children; Peter, David, Mark and Christina. Seume is also proud of his four grandchildren; Hayden, Hallie, Henri and Heidi. Seume has traveled the world and enjoys living in different places. He is still very proud of his roots and graduating from Westside High School. As he mentioned, “it was a privilege to attend such an outstanding school, truly one of the best in the state, if not the entire Midwest.”
- DJ Rezac, Class of 1989
- DJ was a successful 3-sport athlete at Westside High School. He was a 2-year letter winner in basketball (1988 and 1989), 3-year letter winner in football (1987-1989) and a 4-year letter winner in baseball (1986-1989). Rezac was named an All-State linebacker in the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star in 1988 and 1989. He was also a member of the Omaha World Herald Super 6 in 1989. Rezac was named the Mid City Metro Football Player of the Year runner up in 1989. A highlight of his senior year was when he rushed for 130 yards, scoring one touchdown and making 18 tackles against a talented Omaha Central team. WHS reached the state semifinals in 1988.
- Rezac was also talented on the baseball field. In 1989 he was named American Legion Post Scholar Athlete and still holds the Westside High School American Legion batting average record at .492.
- After his high school career ended, Rezac accepted a football scholarship at Indiana University. He played football for one year at Indiana and then transferred to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln to study business. Rezac has many fond memories of Indiana University, especially the first time he met Coach Bobby Knight.
- Today, Rezac is a successful businessman and owner of KB Building Services in Omaha. He is the sponsor of the Westside Legion Baseball team and is generous in contributing his time and talents to Westside Athletics. Rezac also provides leadership training to many Westside teams. Rezac is married to Lisa, a 1989 Westside grad, and they have 5 children who all attend school in District 66. Dominic and Carly are in 7th grade, Anthony and Teddy are 5th graders at Rockbrook Elementary and Vinnie is 4 years old. Rezac’s father, Dick Rezac, was a teacher and coach at Westside High School from 1969 to 1985.
- Linda Schabloske Roh, Class of 1991
- Schabloske Roh was a two-year letter winner in track and field at Westside from 1989 to 1991, but it was on the basketball court in which she really excelled, receiving a letter all four years. During Schabloske Roh’s freshman year, her coach Linda Adamski and long time swim coach Doug Krecklow decided to videotape her shooting technique. It was said in a newspaper article that Schabloske Roh was one of the first players to use a video recording to work on improving her shot. The success from that film session helped turn Schabloske Roh into a top-notch player. By the end of her senior year (1991), Schabloske Roh was selected First Team All State All Class, All State Class A, Miss Nebraska Basketball, Converse High School All American, Metro Coaches Player of the Year, Class A State Tournament First Team, All Metro First Team, All Academic First Team (1990-1991), Kiwanis Club Player of the Year, Metro All Star Game MVP, and State All Star Game MVP.
- After graduating from Westside, she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she was a successful four-year letter winner. In 1995, she was selected to the All-NCC Conference Team and lead the conference in free-throw percentage at 91.7%. Schabloske Roh also excelled in the classroom and she was selected to the All Conference Academic Team for four years. Schabloske Roh holds the UNO school record for most steals in a game (12) and is 8th in number of 3-pointers made in a single game.
- Schabloske Roh teaches math and is a basketball coach for Lincoln East High School. She married Rick Roh in 1994 and they have three children who also have had successful high school careers. Kaitlin attends John Brown University on a basketball scholarship, Joshua will attend the United States Coast Guard Academy and swim for the Bears and Allison attends and plays basketball for Lincoln East High School. Schabloske Roh always looks for ways to give back to basketball, as it has opened many doors for her. She still coaches teams that not only focus on basketball but also character.
- Coach Roger Hoffman, 1967-1999
- Longtime Westside High School Math Teacher and Coach Roger Hoffman created a winning culture during his 33-year tenure as Head Boys Golf Coach. During those 33 years, the WHS golf team won the state Class A championship three times. This is impressive in itself, but his golf teams were also State Runners-up six times, 3rd three times and 4th six times. His golf teams were Metro Champions nine times and Metro Runners-up seven times. They were District Champions ten times and Runners-up 14 times. He coached one Individual State Champion (Joe Sloan) and 11 Metro Champions.
- Coach Hoffman’s son, Scott, was one of the most successful golfers during his tenure at Westside. He tied Pat Killbride with the best single season average at 74. Coach Hoffman feels very honored to be named as a Hall of Fame Coach along with all the other great coaches in Westside History.
- Harley Schrager
- Harley Schrager has made invaluable contributions to the Westside School District. 16 years ago, Harley and Beth Schrager started the Schrager Outstanding Coaching Award. The Schrager Award honors a head coach and a non-head coach each year and they are presented this surprise award at our end of the year banquet. In addition, three years ago Schrager established a Lifetime Achievement Award for coaches.
- Not only has Schrager been a strong supporter of the coaches at WHS, in 2006 he provided support in assisting to update the baseball field and Champions Plaza in 2105. In 2004, former superintendent Ken Bird approached Schrager to combine the Westside Athletic Hall of Fame and Coaches Night of Distinction into one event. It has now taken place for the last 13 years combining the outstanding traditions of Westside Athletics.
- Schrager’s children have also made significant contributions to Westside. His son Tony, WHS ’95, was an outstanding athlete at Westside, a captain of both the varsity basketball team as well as the varsity baseball team, and was inducted into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Schrager’s daughter, Lois, WHS ’99, was also an outstanding student, cheerleader, and editor of the WHS Yearbook. Harley served on the Westside Foundation Board of Directors for many years in the 90’s and early 2000’s.
- The 1976 & 1977 Wrestling Teams
- The 1976 & 1977 Westside High School Wrestling Teams were led by WHS Hall of Fame Coach Lou Miloni. The toughness he brought to the mat carried over to his wrestlers as they dominated the state for those two years.
- The 1976 WHS Wrestling Team won state for the first time in the history of the program by 1.5 points over Columbus. That year, Westside went undefeated in their tournaments. At the State Tournament, they had two State Champions, Dave Walton & Kirby Clark, one Runner-up, Roger Schwenke, and a 4th place finisher, Dan Knight.
- The 1977 Wrestling team won Westside’s second state title by 44 points and had the team title wrapped up before the semifinal round on Friday night. WHS had eight wrestlers in the semifinals out of 12 weight classes. The team won every tournament that year except for the Millard High Invite. They won the Metro Conference Tournament for the fourth year in a row. At Districts, the Warriors had seven in the finals out of 12 weight classes. That success carried over to the State Tournament as Westside finished with three State Champions, Jeff Finley, Tom Boyer, and Bob Danenhauer, one Runner-up, Roger Schwenke, three 3rd place finishers, Keith Sortino, John Butler, and Mark Estey, and two 4th place finishers, Gary Niver and Brett Butler.
The Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction takes place Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Legacy Hall (6104 Irvington Road.) The social and cash bar begin at 6:00pm and the dinner and program begin at 7:00pm. Business attire is requested. For tickets, please contact Ashley James at firstname.lastname@example.org.