Islander Football Coaches

Islander Football Head Coaching History

Jeff Tomlin - 2003-Present

Career Highlights (through 2018)

  • Has taken the Islanders to state playoffs in 14 of his 16 years at GI including four district championships

  • Coaching Record at Grand Island 113-57

  • 2014 GI Independent Boys Coach of the Year Story

  • 2018 Class A State runner-up

  • Head Coach at Alliance from 1994-2002 with record of 56-36

  • Started coaching career in O'Neill in 1989

  • Participated in Shrine Bowl as Head Coach in 2008, Assistant in 1999, and player in 1984

Mark Fritch - 2000-2002

Career Highlights

  • Took over Papillion LaVista South program in the school's first year of existence in 2003. He coached there until 2011.

  • Started coaching career in 1998 at Tri Center Neola, IA

Greg Uhrmacher - 1997-1999

Career Highlights

  • Member of the Islander coaching staff from 1976-2013

  • Defensive Coordinator at Senior High for 16 Islander playoff teams including 1978 Championship and 1987 & 1990 Runner-up teams

  • 2018 Islander Football Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Started his coaching career in Superior in 1971, moved to Anselmo-Merna in 1973, and was an assistant coach for Claire Boroff at Nebraska-Kearney in 1975

GI Independent Story - GI assistants stepping aside - Nov 2013

John Farrand - 1992-1996

Ken Fischer - 1972-1991

Career Highlights

  • Career Coaching Record 214-69-9

  • 1978 State Championship

  • 1987 & 1990 State Runner-up

  • 14 State Playoff appearances

  • Inducted to Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1995

  • Member of inaugural Islander Football Hall of Fame class in 2015

  • Led Oakland high school to undefeated state championship in 1951 

Orv Qualset - 1969-1971

Career Highlights

  • 2017 Inductee into the Islander Football Hall of Fame for his contributions as a Football & Track Coach, and his overall contributions to Grand Island Senior High

  • 1970 squad earned a number five postseason ranking from the Omaha World Herald.

  • Selected as an assistant coach in the 1972 Nebraska Shrine Bowl.

Del Stoltenberg - 1966-1968

Herb Taylor - 1964-1965

Ralph Moerer - 1960-1963

Jerry Lee - 1942-1943 & 1946-1958

Career Highlights

  • Career Coaching Record 153-38-5

  • Grand Island Coaching Record 101-23-5

  • 1947, 1948, 1953 State Championship

  • 1997 inductee to Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame

  • Five Big Ten Championships

  • Coached inaugural Shrine Bowl in 1959

  • 1954 Nebraska High School Coach of the Year

  • Multiple State Championships as Head Track Coach

  • Coached football at Shelton, Neligh and York as well

Al Zickmund - 1954

Aubrey Givens - 1944-1945

Roy Mandery - 1925-1941

P.B. Springer - 1921-1924

W.H. Heagney - 1920

M.Y. Harding - 1913-1919

P.T. Wells - 1911-1912

E.G. Kroeger - 1910

R.J. Barr - 1906-1909

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