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Claussen, Connie

 Person

"Connie Claussen retired as the associate athletic director on June 1, 1998 but remains in that position in an advisory role. She has nurtured the growth of women's athletics at UNO since its inception.



"A graduate of Omaha Benson High School, Claussen received her bachelor's degree from Omaha University and her master's from Adams State College. Claussen began teaching physical education at UNO in 1963 and was chairing the department within two years.



"In 1969, The Omaha Softball Association asked Claussen to help start the Women's College World Series. Since UNO was the host school, Claussen coached a softball team to compete in the WCWS. That was the beginning of women's athletics at UNO, and the beginning of a national championship for women’s softball. During that time she began laying the groundwork for what has become one the top women's athletic programs in NCAA II.



"In 1977, Claussen was Vice Chairman of the Pan American Softball Games Committee. In 1979, she was the manager of the USA Women's Softball team that won the gold medal at the Pan American Games.



"Claussen started the Diet Pepsi/UNO Women's Walk in 1986, the primary fundraiser for UNO women's athletics, which has now raised over 3 million dollars.



"Claussen has served on several NCAA national committees, including the NCAA Executive Committee where in 1986 she was on the search committee for the Executive Director. She served as chairman of the NCAA II Championships Committee and the Division II Softball Committee.



"Claussen was a member of the UNO Alumni Board and was given the Chancellor's Medal in 1981. She received the UNO Alumni Association's Citation for Alumnus Achievement in 1997.



"Claussen has received numerous other awards, including: the Charles Mancuso Award, one of eight 'Women of Distinction' by the YWCA, the Girl Scouts' 'Women of Distinction Award', the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNO College of Education, UNO's Boss of the Year by the Educational Office Professionals Association (EOPA), Lite 96's 'Women's Sports Leadership Award', and the Chi Omega Alumni of the Year Award.



"She is the first woman member of the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame and has also been inducted into the Omaha Benson High School Hall of Fame, Omaha Softball Association Hall of Fame, the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame, the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in recognition of coaching the 1975 Lady Mavs to the national softball championship."



Source: Bio: Connie Claussen, Athletic Director Emeritus. Omaha Mavericks website. Retrieved on December 7, 2015:

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

College World Series National Championship Ring, 1975

 Item — Box: Softball [1]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

Connie Claussen College World Series Artifacts, 1968-1971

 File — Box: 2017-021
Scope and Contents This collection includes two early UNO Women’s Athletics jerseys (possibly for softball); two bracelets commemorating UNO participation in the 1968 AIAW Women’s Softball World Series held in Omaha; a powder compact also commemorating the 1968 CWS; a striped locker room towel.

Inaugural UNO Men's Hockey Game vs. Manitoba T-Shirt, 1997

 Item — Box: Hockey [2]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Athletics Collection

 Collection
Identifier: UNO-0074
Scope and Contents The UNO Athletics Collection comprises a large and diverse array of materials related to the various athletics programs at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the Municipal University of Omaha, including scrapbooks, photographs and slides, artifacts and memorabilia, trophies and awards, papers of athletics department faculty and staff, paintings, news and publicity material, blueprints, and audiovisual recordings, from about 1924 to the present. Included are materials...

UNO Bowling Shirt, 1969-1971

 Item — Box: 2017-011
Scope and Contents This item is a bowling Shirt worn by a member of the UNO women’s bowling squad during the period 1969-1971. On the back of the shirt is a cross-stitched image of OUampi, the school Indians mascot, along with "UN Omaha."

UNO Softball NCAA Division II National Championship Ring, 2001

 Item — Box: Softball [6]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Softball NCC Champions, NCAA Dvision II Final 6 Ring, 1994

 Item — Box: Softball [3]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Softball NCC Championship Watch, 1995

 Item — Box: Softball [4]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Volleyball NCAA Division II National Championship Ring, 1996

 Item — Box: Volleyball [2]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Volleyball NCC, NCAA Division II FInal Four Ring, 1983

 Item — Box: Volleyball [1]
Scope and Contents The UNO Artifact Collection includes objects related to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and its predecessor the University of Omaha, from circa 1908 to the present. The collection includes a diverse array of OU and UNO branded items, t-shirts, hats, sweaters, blankets, scrapbooks, proclamations, trophies, award plaques, flags, pennants, pins, pens, seat cushions, coffee mugs, toys, ephemera, memorabilia, and other objects.The bulk of this collection has not yet been...

UNO Women's Bowling Team Shirt Design, 1969-1974

 Item — Box: Apparel [33]
Scope and Contents Red shirt back worn by the UNO Women's Bowling Team at the Milo Bail Student Center bowling alley. The shirt bears a hand-stitched depiction of a Native American in the style of OUampi. Connie Claussen and Bev Sanders were the volunteer coaches of the team.

Women's College World Series Shirts, 1981-1982

 File — Box: Softball [2]
Scope and Contents Two blue shirts from the Women's College World Series in 1981 and believed to be 1982. One shirt is a t-shirt and the other is a polo style shirt.