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Gorr, Ernie


From 1947 until 1976, Ernie Gorr was a physical education instructor at the Municipal University of Omaha and its successor the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to that, he coached and taught at Nebraska high schools in Alvo, Duncan, Bridgeport, Ponca, and Nebraska City. He was assistant coach for the OU football team at the time of the Tangerine Bowl game in 1955, a historic event for OU. He coached the track program from 1951 to 1961, and in 1952 he developed the cross country program for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He taught until his retirement in 1979. Post-retirement, he was a member of the Grande Olde Players, a theatre troupe composed of Omaha-area senior citizens. He passed away in 1987 at the age of 76.

He won many awards over his career, including an award from the Midwest Region National Parks and Recreation. In 1962, he was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Recreation and Leisure Studies, part of the UNO School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, awards the Ernie Gorr Talent Scholarship annually in his memory.


  • "Ex-UNO Coach Dies at Age 76," Omaha World-Herald, February 16, 1987.
  • "Gorr's Funeral To Be Thursday," Omaha World-Herald, February 17, 1987.
  • Rombarge, Kim,

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Exercise with Ernie

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UNO-0202
Scope and Contents The Exercise with Ernie exercise program developed by Physical Education professor Ernie Gorr includes a booklet and audiocassette tape.