2019 Omaha Sports Hall of Fame

Omaha, Neb. – Bellevue West track and field star Angee Henry, Omaha Benson basketball standout Andre Woolridge, Omaha Skutt legendary wrestling coach Brad Hildebrandt and the undefeated 1989 Millard South boys basketball team will soon be joining other local sports legends as members of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame. They will be inducted as part of the Omaha Sports Commission Awards (OSCA’s) event May 30 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The OSCA’s will also feature special awards recognizing current athletes and teams.
Shane Bradford, president and founder of the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame, said the new inductees represent the best of local sports athletes.
“Henry and Woolridge were dominant local athletes who then continued their success at the college level,” Bradford said. “Hildebrandt built a dynasty of wrestling championships at Skutt while the Millard South 1989 basketball team finished with the first Class A undefeated season in nearly 30 years. These are great additions to our Hall of Fame.”
Josh Todd, president and executive director of the Omaha Sports Commission, said plans are coming together to make the first OSCA’s a very unique and exciting event for the community.
“The Omaha Sports Hall of Fame is filled with sports legends and we look forward to recognizing the newest inductees,” Todd said. “Partnering with the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame to create the OSCA’s will make May 30th a very special evening in Omaha.”
Angee Henry won three all-class track and field gold medals during her high school career at Bellevue West, and was a member of the 1995 USA Junior World Team. During her career at the University of Nebraska she won five Big Eight/Big 12 titles and was a 10-time All-American. She won the 1996 NCAA indoor and outdoor long jump titles and competed in the long jump finals at the 1996 Olympic Trials.
Andre Woolridge led Omaha Benson to the 1992 Class A state basketball championship, scoring 50 points in the title game. He still holds the Class A scoring record of 1,911 points. After one year at the University of Nebraska, he transferred to Iowa and was a three-year starter. In 1997 he became the first player to lead the Big Ten in scoring and assists, earning third-team All-American honors. He finished his career playing professional ball overseas.
Brad Hildebrandt started the wrestling program at Omaha Skutt in 1993 and over the next 22 years his teams won 17 Class B wrestling titles, including 13 in a row plus three dual team championships. His coaching helped produce 63 state wrestling champions and more than 100 medal winners. He was named the Omaha World-Herald coach of the year in 2005.
The 1989 Millard South boys basketball team turned in one of the most dominant seasons in the history of Nebraska high school basketball, completing the year with a 25-0 record. The season ended when Millard South scored a basket with three seconds left to win the Class A state championship. They became the first Class A undefeated team since 1960 and was one of five state championships Millard South won under head coach Larry Ribble
Todd said additional details on the May 30 OSCA’s, including some new twists for the expanded awards program, will be released at a later date.t