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Allgood ready for next chapter after successufl NBC run

by Nathan Arneal
Published 4/22/20

This wasn’t the way Tony Allgood was planning to retire.

Thanks to COVID-19, his final day with students and his fellow faculty members at NBC came without warning two months early.

However, there is a bright side to all that.

Tony AllgoodNBC activities director Tony Allgood holds the girls basketball state championship trophy after what turned out to be his last official NBC event last month.

“I’m not good at getting choked up,” Allgood said. “It happens to me, and I have a feeling it probably would have happened, so I don’t know that I’m disappointed that it played out like this.”

With minimal threat of teary final goodbyes, Allgood, 54, is spending his final days as NBC activities director at home working on contracts, transportation schedules and a summer schedule that may or may not happen. He’s also thinking of ways to keep the lifetime sports class he teaches occupied – next week they’ll be planning a hypothetical hiking trip – and trying to show the ropes to his successor Jon Baehr without seeing him face-to-face.

“That’s the weird part of not being there,” Allgood said. “All those last times seem different now because this is the first time we’ve done e-learning.”

Allgood is retiring from education after 32 years. North Bend Central was his first job out of Midland College in 1988. He taught art and became the Tigers’ head football coach after four years as an assistant. He was also an assistant coach for track and field and girls basketball.

After 14 years at NBC, he moved to Grand Island Northwest to coach the Vikings in 2002. He returned to his teaching roots in 2009, coming back to North Bend as activities director and football coach. He retired from football after the 2015 season. In all, he worked at NBC for 25 years.

In the last few years, he has overseen an activities department that has been riding high with some of its most successful years in school history. That success includes a trip to the football state quarterfinals, two basketball state championship games in two years, a return to the girls state cross country meet after decades, a multitude of district and conference track titles and top ten state finishes, individual state wrestling championships, unified bowling state appearances and a state one act showing, among many other accomplishments.

“The coolest thing is that I get to see a lot of things most people don’t get to see,” Allgood said. “I see the planning that goes into it by the coaches and the work they do behind the scenes. When I have other AD’s from other schools ask me, ‘What are you guys doing? It seems like you’ve come on in so many things,’ I say, ‘We hire good people.’ We hire people that are going to go to work and really put the time in to be successful. You still have to have the kids, but I think we have good leadership in our coaching and activities positions.”

Allgood points to a couple of developments that have contributed to the Tigers’ success: improvement in facilities and an increased emphasis on strength training.


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