Tim Clemenger will be the next coach to try to turn around the football program at Omaha Northwest.
Clemenger will be the Huskies' fourth coach since 2006. The defensive coordinator for the Huskies during Damon Benning's three seasons as head coach, he also has been an assistant coach at Papillion-La Vista and Peru State College. He played four years at Peru State and was second team all-conference.
Benning, a Northwest graduate and former Nebraska running back, went winless in his 27 games at Northwest. The Huskies have a 28-game losing streak and haven't had a winning season since 1992.
Benning couldn't immediately be reached Thursday for comment. Omaha Public Schools spokeswoman Kailyn Watson said Benning resigned from his coaching position on April 4.
The job opening didn't need to be posted, Watson said, because school principals have the discretion to appoint a qualified internal candidate when they have extracurricular vacancies such as coaching positions.
"We're looking forward to the Clemenger era," Northwest Athletic Director Steve Eubanks said. "We hope he will get us back to where we can be competitive."
Benning succeeded in getting more boys to play football, Eubanks said.
"It was obvious he loved the kids and the school,'' the A.D. said. "The typical thing that hamstrung his ability to get where he wanted and we wanted with the program was that he wasn't in the building. It's tough to be a leader when you're not there full time."
Benning works at the Teacher Administrative Center at 3215 Cuming St.
Clemenger's association with a college team has value, Eubanks said, as does his work with Papillion-La Vista while Gene Suhr was head coach.
"He works well with our kids, and no one is going to outwork him,'' Eubanks said. "He's organized, brings a great knowledge of the game to us. We're excited for the direction and future of Northwest football."
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