The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming’s 17th annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast is now set for Tuesday, September First at the Casper Events Center. And this year the honorees are Larry and Margo Bean.

And the celebrity speaker for the event is the legendary coach and former Congressman, Dr. Tom Osborne.

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Dr. Thomas William "Tom" Osborne is the retired Athletic Director and legendary coach for the University of Nebraska, and a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska's 3rd congressional district.

Tom Osborne grew up in Hastings, Nebraska. He was all-state in football and basketball, won the state discus throw in track, and was named the state's High School Athlete of the Year in 1955. He attended Hastings College, quarterbacked the football team and was named the state's College Athlete of the Year in 1958 and 1959. Tom graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Hastings College, after which he played three seasons in the National Football League, one year with the San Francisco 49ers and two years with the Washington Redskins.

He joined Bob Devaney's football staff at the University of Nebraska in 1962 and prior to being named head football coach in 1973, was graduate assistant, receiver's coach and quarterback coach. He earned his Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 1963 and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology there in 1965. Tom taught six years in the classroom at UNL prior to his current commitment. He also served in the Nebraska National Guard from 1960 to 1965.

Tom Osborne is best known as the former head football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Osborne was the head coach from the 1973 season until 1997, and led the Huskers to 25 consecutive bowl games,13 conference championships and three national championships (1994, 1995 and 1997). He was named Coach of the Year in 1994 by the American Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. The National Football Foundation gave him its Distinguished American Award in 1995. In 2000, he received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. He retired after the 1997 season with the highest winning percentage among active coaches (84%), sixth highest all time. His 25 year record was 255-49-3. He reached 250 wins faster than any coach in NCAA history, never winning fewer than 9 games in a season and had a 60-3 record in his last five seasons.

Dr. Osborne has written three books: More Than Winning; On Solid Ground; Faith of the Game. Family: Tom has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 45 years. They have 3 married children and 4 grandchildren. Tom and Nancy founded a school based mentoring program for youngsters needing an additional caring adult in their life in 1991. The program is statewide in Nebraska matching 3,000 youngsters with adult mentors. TeamMates has been awarded the Kellogg Foundation's "Best Practices" award and encouraged to go nationwide.