Al Papik Field
Elvin "Al" Papik took over the football program at Doane in 1955, and the rest is history...literally. During his 16 seasons, he posted a record of 80-52-9. Papik's best team may have been the unbeaten 1968 powerhouse squad that averaged 53 points a game and boasted the fourth-best defense in the NAIA. The Tigers had a 38-game unbeaten streak (the longest in school history) from 1966 to 1969 and were mentioned in Sports Illustrated.
Papik also served as head track coach, athletic director and admissions director during his time at Doane. However, his legacy goes far beyond the role of a coach. Papik taught - and practiced - that there was no room for discrimination of any kind in athletics or education.
During his coaching career, Papik earned many awards. He was named Omaha World-Herald Coach of the Year; Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year (1967 and 1969); NAIA District 11 Coach of the Year (1966, 67 and 69) and a finalist for National Coach of the Year. He also received both the Honor D and Hall of Fame award from Doane. Adding to his honors was Al Papik Day - November 9, 1968 - honoring Doane's 77-6 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan and raising the Tigers unbeaten streak to 27.
Papik left Doane to go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he worked until his recent retirement. Papik remains an icon among college coaches and athletic administrators throughout the country.
RESURFACE SIMON FIELD
Constructed in 1929, Simon Field inside Memorial Stadium has long been the home of Tiger football. As a key component of the Legendary Coaches Campaign the field and complex will undergo a renovation prior to being named Al Papik Field. These improvements will include but are not limited to the replacement of the artificial turf and various updates to stadium facilities. Other improvements, such as fitness facilities, will greatly benefit the football program with their training.