The University of Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame Plaza honors all 24 Husker Athletic programs and the elite student-athletes and coaches who have continued the tradition of excellence at Nebraska.

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Francis Allen

Men's Gymnastics, 1970-2009 *

Francis Allen was a legendary figure at Nebraska and in the world of men's gymnastics. Allen was involved with the Husker gymnastics program for nearly 50 consecutive years, lettering as a gymnast for three years (1962-64), serving as an assistant coach for five seasons (1965-69) and then leading the program as head coach for 40 seasons (1970-2009). The longest tenured head coach in the history of Nebraska Athletics, Allen's achievements were staggering. He led the Huskers to eight NCAA team championships, including five consecutive titles from 1979 to 1983. In addition to the eight national titles, Nebraska finished as the NCAA runner-up seven times while posting a total of 20 top-five national finishes. His gymnasts also won 42 individual national titles, including nine NCAA all-around crowns, and claimed a total of 171 All-America awards. At the conference level, Nebraska won 14 team championships and produced 92 individual champions. Allen also coached four Nissen-Emery award winners as the nation's top gymnast and tutored 11 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Allen himself was an eight-time national coach of the year. Internationally, Allen coached nine Olympians at Nebraska and served as the head coach of Team USA for the 1980 and 1992 Olympics, although the U.S. boycotted the 1980 Olympics. Allen began his affiliation with Nebraska as a Husker gymnast. He was the Big Eight champion on parallel bars as a senior in 1964 and was Nebraska's first All-American on that event the same year, finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships. Allen earned his degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska in 1965.

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Therese Alshammar

Swimming, 2021 

Therese Alshammar came to Nebraska from Sweden and left her mark on the Husker program by capturing 13 All-America awards in her two seasons. Alshammar helped Nebraska to a Big 12 championship in her first season in 1998. She then tied a school record by earning seven All-America awards at the 1998 NCAA Championships, leading Nebraska to an 11th-place finish. In her final season in 1999, Alshammar was the Big 12 champion in the 100-meter freestyle. She went on to earn six All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships. Alshammar set four individual school records in her career and was a member of three relay teams that posted the fastest times in program history. Alshammar went on to a decorated international career, becoming the only woman to swim in six Olympic Games. She was a three-time Olympic medalist, winning silver in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she was also a member of Sweden’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay team that won the bronze medal. A 12-time world champion, Alshammar was named the World Swimmer of the Year in 2010. She set four world records in her international career.