Jim Unger (Class of 1971)

Profile Updated: December 10, 2015
Residing In: Lincoln, NE USA
Spouse/Partner: Shannon
Occupation: Gymnastics Coach
Children: Jamie, b. 1986 She is a LSE and UNL masters grad, and teaches music and ACT Test Prep
Brian, b. More…1988 He is a LSE and UNL psychology grad, and works at Nebr. Mental Health
Yes! Attending Reunion

Thank you for letting me crash the 1972 website! It is amazing how many of you I know. The reason I joined was to notify the football players about induction into the LSE Athletic Hall of Fame, 2016.

I taught gymnastics at UNL during the 70's; then opened Jim Unger's Gymnastics School in 1980. Unfortunately, we had to close in 2015 after my accident.

I played a ton of golf since college--oh not really that much, I guess, just 5 or 6 times a week. (not when it rained) Besides, the 19th hole was always fun.

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Many of you know, I had a catastrophic freak accident in 2012. I hopped on a bicycle to ride the one mile to work on 56th St, between Pine Lake and Old Cheney. Pedaling downhill, I was probably going 25 - 30 mph; I glanced over my shoulder to let cars by, then hit 2 huge potholes in the road. They were 3 feet long and 3" deep. I lost control of the handlebars, flew down the shoulder toward the creek, flipped off the bike, and broke my neck hitting a tree.

I had no feeling or movement below the neck--yikes! But despite a broken eye socket, temporary blindness, broken nose, shoulder, and ribs, I am working hard to be able to walk again. It will be one helluva party.

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Dec 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Posted on: Dec 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM


Congratulations are in order for the members of the 1970 - 71 Football Team, the first State Champions from LSE! They will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 4th, 2016 at the Lincoln Train Station, 7th & P. Also, they will be recognized during halftime of the boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 5th--LSE hosting LSW.

I need your help to contact some of the following honorees:

Redge Meierhenry
Brad Buethe
Brent Jensen
Tom Partridge
Kermit Severin
Mark Michel
Mike Fischer
Beryl Thompson (for Egbert)

I have successfully contacted:
George Newsham's family
Marshal Duke (in high school, Marshal Burling)
Fred Thorne

Please feel free to email Jim Unger at downunger@gmail.com or 402-432-7888
Also, if I have missed any players who were elevated to varsity during that season, please let me know. Thanks!

Dec 10, 2015 at 4:36 PM