Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Westside High School proudly announces the six newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame for 2018. Four alumni, a coach, a community member and the 1986 Girls Swimming and Diving Team will be honored at the Annual Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction on Friday May 4.
Pat DiBiase, Class of 1973
- Pat DiBiase was an outstanding swimmer for Westside High School from 1971 to 1973. In that time, he was part of a run in which all 3 teams won State Championships. The 1973 State Champion team is particularly special to DiBiase as he was named Team Captain. During his career, he was three- time State Champion in the medley relay, 3 time school record holder in the medley relay, 4 time All-American in the medley relay and 100 breast stroke, 5 time Metro Champion and 4 time record holder in medley relay and 100 breast stroke.
- After High School, DiBiase became an established swimmer at Kansas University and the University of Nebraska. In 1974, he was a Big 8 Champion and NCAA championship qualifier for KU. DiBiase transferred to NU in 1975, and in the three years as a Husker, he was a Big 8 Champion and a National Championship qualifier.
- After a successful swim career, DiBiase decided to take his talents to coaching. He was the Head Swim Coach at Westside High School from 1978 -79, in which the Warrior were State Champions. He then went on to be an assistant at UNL and coached from 1979 to 1982 under Hall of Fame Coach Cal Benz. From 1992 to 2007, DiBiase coached at Omaha Marian where he led the team to 10 state titles. He was named Omaha World Herald Girls Coach of the Year in 2005.
- DiBiase is currently a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley and Head Girls Swim Coach at Burke. He and his wife, Sharon, cheered on daughter Libby, who attended WHS in 2006 and currently holds school record in the 300 hurdles.
Alex Suarez, Class of 2000
- Alex Suarez was a rare 3 sport stand-out at Westside High School. He was a four- year starter in baseball, as well as a 3 year starter in football and basketball. In baseball, he was Second Team All-State Outfielder in 1998 and First Team All-State Outfielder in 1999 & 2000. In football, Suarez was All-Conference QB in 1998 and in 1999, he was First Team All-State QB.
- After High School, Suarez attended the University of Iowa as a preferred walk-on in 2000. He transferred to Creighton University to play baseball in 2002-2003.
- Suarez is married to Courtney and they have 2 children Maya (4) and son Ethan (1). He notes that is grafeful for having the opportunity to play for Tom Hall and have him as a teacher, and that he considers Bob Greco the best coach he ever had at any level of competition.
Joe Finocchiaro, Class of 2004
- Joe Finocchiaro was a soccer stand-out from 2001 to 2005 at Westside High School, and the first WHS soccer player to be inducted into the Westside Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was named Class A All-State by the Omaha World Herald. In 2004, he was named Nebraska All Super State by the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, honored as Captain of the Super State team. Finocchiaro was also named to the 25 year All Nebraska Soccer team as a defender. He helped lead the Warriors to the 2004 State Championship with a victory over Lincoln Southeast. Finocchiaro also participated in football and tennis during his time at WHS. His brothers were also stand-out athletes in football and soccer.
- After a successful high school career Finocchiaro went on to Simpson College, where he became a 4 time letter-winner.
- Finocchiaro is currently an Independent Insurance and Investment Broker. He is married to wife, Nicole.
Cameron Hubbs, Class of 2007
- Cami Hubbs is considered one of the greatest tennis players in Nebraska High School Athletics. She amassed a 117-0 singles and 22-0 doubles record during her time at WHS. Hubbs was a State Champion #1 Singles athlete in 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007. Her teams were also State Champions in 2004, 2005 & 2007. Hubbs was a 4-time Metro Champion and a High School All-American in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
- After her high school career, Hubbs attended Ohio State University. She was a 4-year letter winner for women’s tennis from 2008 to 2011. She earned her BA in Sociology/Criminology, and in 2014, obtained a Masters Degree in Recreational Administration from Illinois State University.
- Hubbs continued to play professional tournaments after college from 2011- 2018. She is now the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Sacramento State University.
- Hubbs biggest inspiration and supporter is her grandmother, Emma Hubbs, who started her in tennis. Her parents, Deb and Ed, as well as her brother, were all competitive tennis players as well.
Coach Fred Hutchinson, 1970-2006
- Fred Hutchinson taught mathematics and coached football and track for 36 years in District 66. He was raised in Pittsburgh and received a football scholarship to Doane College, where he lettered 4 years and was NAIA District II First Team his junior and senior years.
- After college, Hutchinson taught math in Massachusetts at a private school for boys with dyslexia. He moved back to Nebraska in 1970 to teach math and coach football and track at Arbor Heights Junior High. After 16 years at Arbor Heights, freshman were moved to Westside High School, and so did Hutchinson. “Hutch” became the Head Freshman Freshman Football Coach and Head Varsity Track Coach. The Freshman Team consistently won, and more importantly, acquired the skills and techniques to be successful at the varsity level.
- Under Hutchinson’s leadership, the Boys Track Team became a Metro power, winning 3 Metro Conference Meets, 2 District Titles and placing third at state between 1997-2000. The Metro Conference named “Hutch” Coach of the Year in Boys Track in those years.
- Hutchinson also officiated high school and college football. In 2004, he was selected to officiate the National Game between USC and Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
- Hutchinson and his wife, Anna, have been married 48 years. They have two daughters, LeAnna and Suzi, both graduates of WHS, as well as five granddaughters.
1986 Girls Swimming and Diving Team
- The 1986 Westside Girls Swimming and Diving Team is considered one of the best high school swim teams in the history of High School Swimming and Diving. The team won every meet they competed in in 1986, and dominated the Nebraska State Swim Meet, winning every event except one.
- Nealy Vicker won the 100 Free Style and the Individual Medley. Linda Rosenburg won the 200 Freestyle and the Distance Freestyle. Linda Peterson won the Backstroke and the Butterfly. Marnee Deitrech won the Breaststroke.
- As a team, the Warriors won all three relays, the 200 Free Relay, 400 yard Freestyle Relay, and the Medley Relay. The Warriors finished the 1968 State Meet with an unprecedented 284 points; the 1968 state runner-ups finished with 142 points.
The 2018 Westside High School Coaches Night of Distinction and Athletics Hall of Fame Induction will take place Friday, May 4, at Legacy Hall at 6104 Irvington Road. Social hour begins at 6:00pm, and the dinner and program will begin at 7:00pm, hosted by WOWT Sports Director Ross Jernstrom. To make your reservation please email Ashley James at firstname.lastname@example.org.