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Rick and Wanda GibsonRick Gibson '57
Board of Trustees member and Committee Chair, Legendary Coaches Campaign

"Just in the way he talks about his college, you know that Richard Gibson has a genuine love for Doane - what it is and what it can be. It is really a part of who he is - his experiences at Doane were that important to him.  Within this context, he appreciates and supports the crucial role that athletics plays in the student experience at the small, residential liberal arts colleges." Former Doane President, Jonathan Brand

In 1953, Richard "Rick" Gibson's choice of college came down to Peru State and Doane. When Doane named former Nebraska starting quarterback Fran Nagle its football coach, Gibson became a Tiger. Soon, he was a team leader in offense, and also ran track. Simon Field and Butler Gym became his second home.

It's time to give other generations of Doane student-athletes new athletic homes, Gibson said. "In my opinion, the Recreation and Athletic Center is the next step in attracting and graduating quality students from Doane University.  Coupled with our excellent academic staff and educational resources, this facility provides our current and potential students the opportunity to expand their knowledge, energy and abilities to greater involve the challenge of athletics as well."

"I have a strong feeling that Doane offers a complete student life. About 50 percent of students participate in some type of intercollegiate athletics and it's another opportunity to develop well-rounded individuals who have learned to live the game of life through athletics and school."

Sports holds value for life, he said, demonstrated in his own life transitioning from college athlete, to coach to dedicated fan of his grandchildren's educational and  athletic careers.

Rick and Wanda Gibson of Council Bluffs continued years of generous support of Doane with their gift of $2.5 million to the Sports and Fitness Facilities Project.

A native of Weeping Water, Gibson earned a bachelor of arts degree in social studies at Doane in 1957 and continued graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In the next decades, his career evolved from teacher and crop hail adjuster to founder and past chairman  of Agro National Inc. in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He also is chairman of Agro International, Inc., an international consulting company specializing in agricultural risk planning, product development and policy origination for new and developing countries.

His many community roles through the year include the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce and the director of the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation, in addition to his 11 years with Doane's Board of Trustees.

Football Hall of Fame

Jack Bourgeois Jr '73 

Coach Al Papik brought his family to Houston Texas for a vacation. They went to Astro World amusement center and the Astrodome. During that time it was one of the largest indoor facilities in the world. He just happen to know the track coach in Port Arthur,Texas about 100 miles east of Houston. That's where he recruited the All-time scorer and rusher in Doane University history,Mike Sallier. The QB,Larry Green for those undefeated seasons also came from Lincoln High School in Port Arthur,Texas. The track coach was Clayton Clark from Panama. Coach Papik just happen to ask Mr. Clark to bring two other recruits to his home and maybe sign them. These two were Leonard King and Jack Bourgeois,also from Lincoln High. That backfield combination helped the team make its first ever NAIA playoff appearance. Its a team sport so we only assisted. Nine players from that high school assisted in the undefeated record that put the school in Sports Illustrated. All nine players are in the Doane football Hall of Fame. Many of the players on those teams went to the NFL and CFL. Many years passed and Doane was the only integrated football team in the conference. This was something that was never mentioned on the campus,especially in the locker room. We were all there to win and prove something to ourselves. Coach Papik was like a father that made you play to the best of your ability on and off the field. He gave us an opportunity to play football and acquire an education. The town gave us a place to call home for the rest of our lives. We played 4 1/2 years of undefeated football for one of the greatest men you will ever meet. Coach Papik we thank you. That record has never been repeated by any other school. Crete,Nebraska and Coach Papik we thank you for embracing us as a member of your family.

Chuck Duchek '73

I remember the day we moved into Fuhrer and Coach Papik, Erickson, and Beile were so excited about what this meant for Doane and our ability to bring top athletes to compete for Doane. I don't think they were ever disappointed and now is our time to thank them for helping us become better people. GO TIGERS!