ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Mount Michael Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame selects and gives lasting recognition to those individuals, teams, and coaches who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Mount Michael in the field of athletics and who have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by athletics.

Those honored have contributed to the development of athletics at Mount Michael Benedictine School and its overall excellence. Teams, who by their record in their sport, have provided Mount Michael with an example of lasting leadership and success. The individuals and teams recognized must bring honor and positive recognition to Mount Michael Benedictine School through their sport, their service to the community, and for serving as an excellent representative of all that it means to be a Knight. This Hall of Fame recognition will maintain spirit, pride, and sense of community as well as serving as a historical account of the great athletic tradition that is Mount Michael Benedictine School Athletics.

inductees

2020

2020 Inductee: Coach Jim Kane

Coach Jim “Killer” Kane- Coach Kane was hired at Mount Michael to start athletic programs at St. John’s Seminary Kane was a graduate of Wisner High. He went on to attend UN-L where lettered in baseball for three years and was twice selected All-Big 7 catcher. After college he spent three seasons in the New York Yankees farm system. Leaving baseball in 1962, Coach took a job as teacher and coach at Waterloo High School for two years before moving up the road to St. John’s Seminary, which later would be known as Mount Michael.
As sports were added he became the “all everything coach.” His cross country teams were state champions in 1967 and 1968. His football teams had an overall record of 174-93 and two state championships in ’82 and ’90 while qualifying for the playoffs a total of 10 times. Coach Kane coached his basketball teams to an overall record of 531-254 with 12 trips to the state tournament. Four of those trips were consecutive, ’82 to ’85, and two were champions, ’83 and ’85. As a track coach he had many successful seasons taking the Class C state championship in ’73. He was selected as the Omaha World Herald Coach of the Year in 1983. Kane is also a member of the Nebraska State High School Association’s Hall of Fame.

2021

2021 Inductees: Conroy Jefferies, Br. Francis Schmitz, 1982 Football Team

Conroy Jeffries is one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Mount Michael history. Fairly quiet during his first two seasons, Jeffries did not place at state meet until his junior year when he finished 2nd in the 220 yard dash at the Nebraska State Track and Field Championships. Jeffries’ senior year he exploded onto the scene and set school records in the 200 meters (21.7) and the 400 meters (48.9).During his senior campaign, Jeffries won gold medals in the 220 yard dash (22.0), the 440 yard dash (50.2), the 880 yard dash (1:56:3), and anchored the 4 x 440 yard state champion relay team (3:29:2). Jeffries’ 32.5 points helped the Knights beat second place Howells 46-38 for the team title. The 1973 track team is the only team in school history to win a team title in track and field. Jefferies still holds the school record in the 400 meters.

Br. Francis “Frankie” Schmitz was the definition of contributor. He was a sports enthusiast with a special love for Mount Michael athletics. He had an unwavering loyalty to Mount Michael athletics and was not afraid to challenge friend or foe to find a better athlete or team than a Mount Michael one. He was wellknown for his famous “predictions” of game’s outcome. Sometimes his zealous game time enthusiasm would find him next to Coach Kane after a big play or an official’s call giving the business to a player or to an official. Br. Francis’ love for Mount Michael athletics was most apparent when the lights were dimmed on the field or court and he could be
found washing, drying, and repairing uniforms in the Abbey laundry room into the wee hours. Br. Francis set the standard for what it means to be a contributor to Mount Michael athletics and help establish Mount Michael’s strong athletic tradition.

1982 Football Team– Mount Michael’s 1982 state championship football team is the most dominate football team, to date, for the Knights. On their way to the state title, the defensive line of Al Hageman, Tim Wilcox, Joe Hettinger, Roger Peterson, Kevin McCauley, and Rick Hanna helped the Knights shut out 9 of their 11 opponents. Backing up the line were Jeff Jamrog, and David Tamisiea, with Jeff Ciurej, Shane McCann, and Paul McCann in secondary. This Knights defense only allowed 19 points to be scored on them the entire season. The backfield of Paul McCann, Shane McCann, Clete Menke and Jeff Jamrog led a high-powered offense that averaged 27 points per game and scored 296 points for the year. After recording their undefeated regular season the Knights steam rolled McCook 24-0 in the first round of the state playoffs, blanked Lincoln Pius X 28-0, in the second and shut out O’Neill 38-0 in the state championship game. This state title helped earn Coach Jim “Killer” Kane recognition as the Omaha World Herald’s Boys Coach of the Year in the spring of 1983. The 1982 Mount Michael Knight football team is the only team in school history to have completed an undefeated season.

2022

2022 Inductees: Jeff Jamrog, Doug Wemhoff

Jeff “The Hog” Jamrog– During his time at Mount Michael Jeff was a dominate force on both the football field and the basketball court. In 1982 Jamrog help lead the Knights to an undefeated season and the state title. Jamrog capped off the Knights season rushing for 235 yards on 31 attempts and scored five touchdowns. Jamrog holds the school records for career rushing yards (3,220), career rushing touchdowns (41), single game scoring (30) and career scoring (246). In 1982 Jamrog was named all-state and was the Nebraska High School Player of the Year. In basketball he named to the all-state team as well and helped the Knights compile a 20-1 record on their way to a 56-45 victory over Fairbury in the state championship. This helped Mount Michael complete the football/basketball state title sweep in 1982/83. After leaving Mount Michael Jeff continued his football career walking on to play for the University of Nebraska and eventually earning a scholarship. In 1987, during his senior year with the Huskers, Jamrog was named an Academic All- American and the recipient of the Guy Chamberlin Trophy, an award given to a senior football player that is committed to the betterment of his team. Jamrog has coached collegiately for over 32 years and currently serves as the head football coach for Midland University.

Doug Wemhoff is one of the most accomplished athletes in Mount Michael history. As a three sport athlete Wemhoff helped guide the Knights to the state championship in basketball 2 times in his last three years. His senior year, he led Mount Michael to a 22-2 record and a 22 point average margin of victory for the season. In the state tournament he scored 83 points with 26 of them coming in the Knights 53-46 win over Valentine. He was a multiple time All State Class B selection and averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds per game his senior year. In 1985 he was named to the first team of Nebraska’s All Super State Team and is the only Mount Michael basketball player to have ever earned this honor. Wemhoff still holds the school records for points in a season (559), rebounds for a career (661), rebounds for a season (278), rebounds for a game (19), career field goals (493) and field goals for a season (293). His senior track season, Wemhoff won the Class B discus title with a throw of 165 feet. He also set a school record of 172 feet, his record still stands. After leaving Mount Michael Wemhoff competed in basketball for Rockhurst University where he finished his career with 2,063 points and 887 rebounds. In 1989, during his senior year, he was named the Most Valuable Player for Rockhurst and was an NAIA All-District selection. Upon graduating from Rockhurst, he earned his juris doctorate from University of Missouri- KC School of Law. Doug has practiced law in the Kansas City area for the last 30 years.

ELIGIBILITY

ATHLETE:

• Five years after graduation or his last year of athletic competition.
• Team leadership.
• Athletic or academic recognition.
• Honors gained in extracurricular activities.
• Contributions made after graduation.

COACH:

• A current head coach is eligible once he/she has coached a minimum of 10 years.
• Former head coaches are eligible after five years away from the athletic program.
• A coach must have a profound impact on the athletic program while also exemplifying strong character.
• Consideration can be enhanced based on the mentoring of student-athletes, recognition received, Championship team(s), and outstanding records.

TEAM OF DISTINCTION:

• A team is eligible 10 years after the athletic performance and achievement in sports competition as evidenced by exceptional accomplishments at or above the conference level.

CONTRIBUTOR:

• Non-athletes are eligible after five years of meritorious contributions to the athletic program. Non-athletes include administrators, staff members, other school personnel, and outside contributors, who have rendered outstanding service to the Athletic program through personal time, effort, interest, funding and years of continued service.