Nov 20, 2023

Former AHS Football Coach Jeff Tomlin, will retire from Grand Island Senior High School

Posted Nov 20, 2023 8:57 PM
Jeff Tomlin (courtesy photo)
Jeff Tomlin (courtesy photo)

By: Mike Glesinger  Panhandle Post   

Thanks to the Grand Island Independent

Alliance High School Graduate and former Bulldog Head Football Coach Jeff Tomlin, has announced he will retire as Head Football Coach at Grand Island Senior High School. He has been Head Football Coach for the Islanders since 2003.

Jeff is a 1984 graduate of Alliance High School. He received his Bachelors Degree from Chadron State College and Masters from Doane University. He taught and coached at O'Neill, Ne. High School from 1988 to 1990 and then returned to his hometown, where he taught and coached from 1990 to 2003.  Tomlin served as Defensive Coordinator under Skip Olds,  before taking over as Bulldog Head Football Coach in 1994 and serving until 2003.   AHS made 6 play-off appearances in that time.  He also served as Head Track & Field Coach at AHS,  from 1992 through 2003 and assisted with Junior High and High School Basketball.  He is also a member of the Alliance High School Activities Hall of Fame.

During his 21 years (148-74) coaching football at GISH, the Islanders earned 18 playoff wins, including State Runner-Up in 2018, four district championships, and six Heartland Athletic Conference championships.

In addition to head football coach, Tomlin also serves as a physical education and social studies teacher, weight training coach and boys track assistant coach at GISH, where he will finish out the 2023-2024 school year.

Speaking to the Grand Island Independent Newspaper,  Tomlin said..."the success he’s had would not have been possible without the support of his wife Maria, his children Mike and Mackenzie and their families" along with the administration, the parents as well as the community...

“We’ve gotten incredible parent support all through the years." Our touchdown club, our booster club and the administration support allowed me to lead this program and support our mission in what we were trying to get done in leading our young men. All that has been very good."