Dick Boness (Contributor): Dick was associated with Alliance High School from 1977-1998. He served as the Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal and Interim Superintendent. He always promoted athletics in the proper way with strong fundamentals and proper execution. He taught students to win and lose with humility and class, always representing the school and community. He stressed a great work ethic and respecting others at all times.
Merlin “Beanie” Lawrence (Athlete): “Beanie” was the first pole vaulter in the state to clear 13 feet as a senior in 1958. He also broke the state record at the state meet and finished second in the state pentathlon by two points. “Beanie” went out to an outstanding track career at Kearney State College. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1992. “Beanie” was also a very successful track and cross-country coach in the Metro area winning a couple of state titles in track and four state titles in cross country. Merlin “Beanie” Lawrence passed away February 14, 2017.
Lannie Shelmadine (Athlete): Lannie was an outstanding multi-sport athlete for Alliance High School in the early 60’s. He earned all-conference in football in 1962 and 1963. He was All Big 10 football in 1963 as well as honorable mention all-state. He was a member of the state basketball team in 1964. Lannie also was part of the 440-relay team in 1964 which set the school record. Lannie went on to be an outstanding running back for Kearney State College earning all-conference honors in 1965 and 1966. Lannie returned to Alliance and impacted countless Alliance High athletes as an outstanding coach in both the middle school and high school for nearly 2 decades in the 80’s and 90’s.
Jeff Tomlin (Coach): Jeff served as an assistant coach under Skip Olds from 1990-1993 participating in 3 state playoffs. He was defensive coordinator from 1991-1993. He became the head coach and served from 1994-2002. During his stint as a head coach in Alliance, he led the Bulldogs to 6 more playoff appearances. He is one of only two coaches to win a playoff game in school history leading the Bulldogs to their first such win in 2002. Jeff was named as an assistant coach (1993) and as a head coach (1998) for the East-West game as well as an assistant coach for the Shrine Bowl in 1999. He was named Star Herald regional coach of the year in 1994. Jeff currently coaches at Grand Island and speaks regularly at coach’s clinics in Nebraska.