Wayne Kaeding impacted the lives of thousands of Beatrice young people as a coach, teacher, principal, and sports official for 37 years.
Kaeding came to Beatrice in 1948 to teach social studies, physical education, and math at Beatrice High School. He then moved to the junior high school and taught algebra for 14 years, before becoming principal in 1966, a position he held for 19 years.
Kaeding believed strongly in the power of participation in athletics to build character, motivate students to achieve academically, and teach life lessons in team work, self-discipline, and persistence.
As a junior high teacher, he started football and basketball programs for seventh and eighth graders and coached both sports.
To give more students an opportunity to experience the benefits of athletic competition, he started a popular noon-hour volleyball program.
For several summers, he managed the Youth Recreation baseball program, also serving as umpire and groundskeeper.
A native of York County, Nebraska, Wayne earned a bachelor's degree from York College in 1947. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in secondary school administration in 1953.