Papik Presented Lifetime Achievement Award at UNL Awards Banquet
Legendary Doane football coach Al Papik ’50 has received a number of honors throughout his decorated career in athletics and academic administration, but it will be tough to top the award recently presented to him at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's annual student-athlete academic awards banquet.
Papik was the recipient of the Dick Herman Lifetime Achievement Award at UNL, becoming just the third individual to receive the award.
Papik served Nebraska athletics for three decades in a variety of different roles. Papik was Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of compliance as well as academic student services and athletic medicine. The compliance center is named in his honor as a part of the Herman Student Life Complex.
Prior to his time at UNL, Papik was an icon at Doane and in the Crete community. Papik was a three-sport athlete at Crete High School and after two years in the military, became a student and member of the football team at Doane. After coaching high school football, Papik was named Head Coach at Doane in 1955, a position he held for 16 seasons.
Papik is best known for leading the Tigers to a 38-game win streak from 1965-1969. Doane's 1968 team, one that averaged 53 points per game while holding opponents to 6.4 points per game, is widely regarded as the best in school history. The 1969 squad, which at the time held the longest active winning streak in college football, was featured in Sports Illustrated.
Papik finished his tenure as Doane Head Coach with a 80-52-9 record. He was named Omaha World-Herald Coach of the Year, Lincoln Journal Star Coach of the Year (twice), NAIA District 11 Coach of the Year (three times), and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching football at Doane he coached the track & field team, was Athletic Director, Admissions Director, and served as an instructor.
Doane renamed and rededicated its football field to Papik on Sept. 14, 2013 - when Simon Field officially became Al Papik Field.
Now in retirement, Papik enjoys spending time with his family and remains an icon among college coaches and athletic administrators throughout the country.
WATCH (courtesy of HuskerVision):
Papik's tribute video at the UNL Athletic Awards Banquet