Trio of greats enter 2016 Hall of Fame
A trio of former greats was inducted into the UNO Athletic Hall of Fame during the UNO Alumni Association's third annual Alumni Night of Honor held Thursday, Nov. 3., at the Thompson Alumni Center.
Inducted were Fred Abboud (multi-sport), Justin Kammrad (football) and Scott Parse (hockey). With the 2016 class of inductees the UNO Athletics Hall of Fame grows to 114 members.
“These three gentlemen represented Omaha University and UNO with great distinction during their time on campus,” said Trev Alberts, vice chancellor of athletics. “Their athletic endeavors place them among some of the finest student-athletes to have played their respective sports, both regionally and nationally, and all are deserving of a place in our Hall of Fame.”
A three-sport letterman at Omaha Central High School, Abboud served in the U.S. Army before coming to Omaha University, where he was the starting fullback for four years and leading scorer for three seasons. He also played defensive back, returned kicks and was second in total offense on the team for two years. He also played baseball and had a career batting average topping .300.
Abboud also was a member of the Omaha University club hockey team, played on the freshman basketball team and briefly ran track. He also was the school's light heavyweight boxing champion. He graduated in 1951 and is a member of the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
A first-team All-American in 2003 and UNO’s first-ever Harlon Hill Award finalist top 3 after leading the nation in rushing, Kammrad set several school rushing records during his 2000-03 career. He set the single-game and season records, running for 308 yards in his final game to give him 1,866 yards in 2003.
Kammrad is No. 6 in career rushing among Mavericks with 2,353 yards. The Council Bluffs, Iowa, native set the single-game record in his first collegiate start and broke it in his final game. He was hampered by knee injuries, which held him to just one game in 2001 and nine games in 2002.
Parse is Omaha’s all-time career points leader for hockey, amassing 197 between 2003 and 2007. He also owns the school record for goals (79) and assists (118). A two-time AHCA All-American, including a first-team selection in 2006, the native of Portage, Michigan, set the school record for points (61) and assists (41) in a season as a junior.
That year, he became the first Maverick nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, and he was nominated again the following year. A model of durability, he is one of three players to hold the school record for games played (159).