Doane Selects Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The most celebrated football teams in Doane's history and two of its co-captains will be honored Saturday, Oct. 9 with Doane's highest athletic awards.
Doane combines its Athletic Hall of Fame and Honor D Award celebrations into one ceremony, honoring co-captains Gregory Alcorn of Winnetka, Illinois, and Fred Hutchinson of Omaha, as well as all members of the consecutive, undefeated football teams of 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Under the leadership of coach Al Papik, the team amassed a 35-game unbeaten streak (part of 38 overall) - at the time the longest in college football history.
Alcorn and Hutchinson will received the Honor D Award, which honors former Doane athletes who have succeeded in their chosen careers or service. The teams will take their place in the Athletic Hall of Fame, which recognizes athletic achievements while in college and honors and preserves the memory of outstanding athletes, teams and coaches.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 in the Perry Campus Center on the Crete campus, followed by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. The group also will be honored at halftime of the homecoming football game against Concordia University, which begins at 1 p.m. The ceremony and induction are open to the public with reservations. To make a reservation for the luncheon, contact the alumni office at 1.800.333.6263, ext. 8258.
This year's recipients are:
Honor D Award 2010
Fred Hutchinson '68 of Omaha
Fred Hutchinson came to Doane College from Oliver High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he earned eight letters in football, track and swimming. He was captain of Oliver's football team and was selected most valuable player his senior year.
He continued his athletic success at Doane. "Hutch" was a four-year starter, and co-captain of Doane's first two undefeated teams. After his junior and senior seasons, he was named to the All NAIA District 11 Team as an offensive guard and linebacker, and also to the First Team in the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He joined the coaching staff for Doane's third undefeated team while student teaching to complete his degree in Mathematics. He also earned a Masters Degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Computer Studies.
After graduating from Doane, Fred taught at Eagle Hill, a private school for dyslexic boys in Massachusetts. In 1969, he married his Doane sweetheart, Anna Greene '70. They returned to Nebraska in 1970 and Fred taught mathematics and coached football and track in the Westside School System in Omaha. As head track coach at Westside High School, Fred was named Omaha Metro Boys Track Coach-of-the-Year for four consecutive years (1997-2000). He also rose through the ranks officiating football, from the high-school and NAIA college levels, to the first Big 8 and Big 12 Conferences. The highlight was working the National Championship at the Rose Bowl in 2004 where USC defeated Michigan.
After 38 years of teaching and coaching, he retired from Westside in 2006. Now he gives time to Rebuild Together Omaha and Brush Up Nebraska.
Fred and Anna have two daughters, LeAnna, and Suzanne, and four granddaughters.
Gregory J. Alcorn '68 of Winnetka, Illinois
Greg Alcorn was a linebacker and key member of two of Doane's undefeated football teams. Among his plays that helped keep the unbeaten streak alive was an interception on the 25-yard line that halted a Nebraska Wesleyan drive.
After graduating with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from Doane in 1968, Greg returned to Illinois and taught high-school English and coached football and wrestling in suburban Chicago.
Changing professional direction in 1971, Greg pursued a business career, accepting a position at Merrill Lynch. He was introduced to the fast-paced trading world of commodity futures, and was groomed for his position as a broker in Merrill's Chicago Commodity Trade Unit.
In 1973, Greg took the opportunity to move back to Nebraska, opening two commodity trading offices. He initially opened and managed a commodity office for Lincoln Grain Company, and was later hired by O'Brien-McDowell in Crete to open and manage a new commodity trading operation for them.
Greg and his family returned to Chicago in 1977, when he accepted a position as a partner in the brokerage firm of Hennessy & Associates. He became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), specializing in Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle Futures, servicing large commercial customers as well as trading for himself.
In 1982, Greg left Hennessy to become an independent broker and trader in the CME trading pits. He has been the sole proprietor of his own brokerage and trading business since, and continues to service large commercial accounts, institutional traders, and money managers. Greg has been very active during his 30-plus years at the Exchange, serving on and chairing numerous commodity product, regulatory, and governance committees. In addition, he has served on the advisory board of two private real estate investment funds since 2004.
Greg has been married for 41 years to Cynthia Bazan, a 1969 Doane graduate. They have lived in Winnetka, Illinois, for the last 28 years, and have three children, Jason, Kate, and Jessica, and two grandchildren.
Athletic Hall of Fame
The consecutive, undefeated football teams of 1966-1969.
When the Doane Tigers defeated Colorado College 20-14 to start the 1966 season, few could have guessed that this game, without fanfare, was the beginning of four magical seasons that produced the longest winning streak in school history.
This group of talented players posted unbelievable numbers and wins and never tasted defeat.
Four years would pass before Doane would leave a football field without a victory.
Doane ranked in the top 20 and as high as No. 7 in the NAIA each of the four years and earned two Mineral Water Bowl appearances.
The players remember the close calls -- the grudge match against Wesleyan in a cold rain, the night the defense shined against Peru, the way they preserved the streak against a determined Concordia squad.
Fans remember the crushing scores, shutouts and perfect seasons. The Crete News called the 1968 squad "arguably the best football team in Doane history." Its offense led the nation with more than 48 points per game and its stifling defense ranked fourth overall, holding opponents to an average of 6.4 points per game.
Some of Doane's most decorated players shared the field during this period, including record setters and future NFL players.
Doane's success even drew the attention of Sports Illustrated, who wrote a feature on the Tigers in October of 1969 when the unbeaten streak was the longest in college football. The article shared the expectations and pressures on the team and coaches.
"It used to be that people were happy any time we won a game," Head Coach Al Papik said in the article. "But now because we won by only eight points last week I got three letters asking me what happened."
According to the article, there was a sign in the coach's office that read: "Bless This House, Oh Lord We Pray" followed by the handwritten addition: "And Help Us Win Every Time We Play."
The winning continued for another year. In 1969 the Tigers completed another perfect 8-0 season and the senior class left Doane with a 33-0-2 record over four years.