2004 Husker Nation Tour Set For June 25

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln -- University of Nebraska Athletic Department officials and First National of Nebraska announced plans Thursday for the "2004 Husker Nation Tour brought to you by First National Bank," a one-day good-will tour on Friday, June 25. NU Athletic Director Steve Pederson, athletic department representatives, Head Football Coach Bill Callahan and selected assistant coaches and players will take part in the 26-city tour. They will divide into five groups to visit fans, boosters and media around the state.

Pederson and Callahan will open the day with a send-off event at the First National Tower in Omaha from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. The two will cover more ground than any other group, visiting six cities during the day and traveling as far west as Scottsbluff before returning to Lincoln to stop by the festivities at SouthPointe Pavilions Friday night.

"We are so fortunate at Nebraska to have such enthusiastic and loyal fans," Pederson said. "The Husker Nation Tour is a great opportunity to personally thank them for everything they have done for us. It is also a great way to introduce the fans to Coach Callahan and his talented staff."

Pinnacle Sports Productions will play an vital role in bringing the Husker Nation Tour to Nebraska fans who are unable to attend one of the tour stops. Pinnacle, which is in its eighth year of producing and marketing live broadcasts of Husker athletics, will utilize network stations across the state to promote the tour. In addition, Pinnacle Sports personalities Jim Rose, Adrian Fiala, John Bishop, Randy Lee and Matt Davison will each travel with one of the five tour groups and will report back to Gary Sharp, who will host Sports Nightly live from SouthPointe Pavilions beginning at 6 p.m.

First National, the title sponsor of the Husker Nation Tour, will serve as the official bank sponsor of Husker athletics pending approval by the Nebraska Board of Regents at its June 2004 meeting. First National of Nebraska serves 27 communities statewide and is one of the largest bank holding companies headquartered west of the Mississippi River. First National and its affiliates have $15 billion in managed assets and more than 7,000 employees located across the United States. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas. First National is committed to helping the University of Nebraska maintain its standing as one of the top athletic programs in the nation.

While several of the 2004 cities were also stops on the inaugural 2003 tour, many of this year’s stops will be first-time destinations. The cities, groups and sports information contact are listed on the following page. Times, event details for each stop and local chairpersons will be released at a later date.

2004 Husker Nation Tour - Brought to You by First National Bank

Group 1: Omaha, Norfolk, Valentine, Chadron, Scottsbluff, Lincoln

  • Football Staff: Bill Callahan, Head Coach
  • Administration: Steve Pederson, Athletic Director
  • Pinnacle Broadcaster/MC: Jim Rose (Gary Sharp live from Lincoln on Sports Nightly)

Group 2: David City, Seward, York, Aurora, Hastings, Grand Island

  • Football Staff: Kevin Cosgrove, Defensive Coordinator; Scott Downing, Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends
  • Other: Barry Collier, Head Men’s Basketball Coach (first four stops only)
  • Administration: Marc Boehm, Executive Assoc. A.D.; Tommie Frazier, Asst. Director of Development
  • Pinnacle Broadcaster/MC: Randy Lee

Group 3: McCook, North Platte, Ogallala, Kearney

  • Football Staff: Jay Norvell, Offensive Coordinator
  • Other: John Cook, Head Volleyball Coach
  • Administration: Paul Meyers, Asst. A.D. for Development
  • Pinnacle Broadcaster/MC: Matt Davison

Group 4: Fremont, Wayne, Blair, Columbus

  • Football Staff: Bill Busch, Outside Linebackers; Tim Cassidy, Assoc. A.D. for Football
  • Administration: Paul Miles, Assoc. A.D. for Corporate Marketing
  • Pinnacle Broadcaster/MC: John Bishop

Group 5: Syracuse, Nebraska City, Auburn, Falls City, Tecumseh, Beatrice

  • Football Staff: Turner Gill, Receivers; Dan McLaughlin, Graduate Asst.; Aaron Stamn, Graduate Asst.; Mike Christianson, Administrative Asst.
  • Other: Connie Yori, Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • Administration: Bob Burton, Senior Assoc. Athletic Director
  • Pinnacle Broadcaster/MC: Adrian Fiala

**At least one Nebraska football player will accompany each tour group.  

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