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Tony Allgood
Tony Allgood, the once and future NBC head footbal coach, poses in the memorabilia room of his Grand Island home, a room some of his Grand Island friends have dubbed the "North Bend shrine."

Allgood returning to NBC to head football team, activities department

by Nathan Arneal
published 3/18/09

After a seven-year stint in Grand Island, Tony Allgood is ready to come home.

Allgood has been hired as North Bend Central’s Activities Director and head football coach, filling the shoes of the retiring Rick Watson. Allgood, 43, will also teach three sections of physical education.

The position will bring Allgood back to the school where he began his teaching career in 1988 after graduating from Midland College. He taught art and coached football at NBC for 14 years. During his final 10 years in North Bend, he was the head football coach, compiling seven winning seasons and a 55-34 overall record during that span.

He left North Bend in 2002 for a similar position at Grand Island Northwest, teaching art, coaching football and serving as the weight room coordinator. Allgood said he went to GINW to see what he could do in Class B football, but North Bend was never far from his mind.

“There’s been a lot of times where I wondered if I did the right thing in leaving (North Bend) because I felt that we had built a solid program,” Allgood said. “Quite frankly the hardest thing was leaving all of our friends and a community that we really enjoyed being a part of. I know we’re definitely happy to be going back home.”

NBC superintendent Jim Havelka said Allgood’s wide range of experience with various sports and activities along with strong organizational skills and management ability made him a good fit for the activities director job. Allgood has coached football, basketball, track and baseball, and was a wrestler in high school. He also worked closely with the fine arts department at Northwest as the Art Department chairman and set designer for fine art productions.

“Naturally, I knew Tony from his previous experience here, as did (principal Brenda) Petersen,” Havelka said, “and we were impressed by his knowledge and commitment to a strong activities program, not just athletics.”

Allgood said he believes activities and athletics play a vital role in the overall high school curriculum, pointing to his own experience as evidence.
Coming from a family that struggled economically, Allgood was the only one in his family to graduate from high school, and he credits his interest in sports for getting him through. His pursuit of athletics then opened the door to a college education.

“The thing about sports and activities is you can reach some kids in places where you can’t reach them in the classroom,” Allgood said. “There are some kids who never learn about team, they never learn about discipline, they never learn about commitment and responsibility, but they learn those in activities. Those are valuable lessons in life.”

As for being a first-time administrator, Allgood hopes to hit the ground running this summer.

“I’d be lying if I said I was going to jump in and be perfect,” he said. “Obviously there’s going to be a learning process. I’m going to make mistakes. Sometimes there will be some things I didn’t anticipate, but it will never be because of lack of effort.”

Allgood will also be dealing with the transition from teaching art for the past 21 years to a P.E. teacher. Allgood, who is endorsed to teach both K-12 art and P.E., said P.E. was probably his first choice coming out of college, but he has enjoyed the contrast between the art room and athletic field for the past two decades. He also hopes to continue painting on his own as a hobby.

Allgood said he and his family are hoping to move back to North Bend as soon as school is out. His wife, North Bend native Brenda (Martindale) Allgood, has been teaching first grade in the Grand Island Public School system. She has applied at Schuyler, where she taught while Tony was at NBC.

Tony and Brenda have three daughters: Alexis, a seventh grader; Kiley, third grade; and Emily, first grade.

“I know that this is the last stop for the Allgoods,” Tony Allgood said. “I’m looking forward to a long career in North Bend.”

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