Beranek passes, leaves legacy

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Paul Beranek earlier this month at a basketball game. Photo credit: The Independent and Doug Koster.

Paul Beranek lost his battle with cancer this morning.

Perhaps you know him, maybe you have heard of him or you might not have any clue who Paul Beranek is.

#Bstrong….that’s who he is.

#BStrong made a push on Twitter late last night and some people, out of curiosity, probably learned a little about Beranek.

To get a better understanding of what Paul Beranek stood for and who he is read the article written by Dirk Chatelain of the Omaha World Herald. It will help you learn about a man that you may never get to meet. 

I know people from Ravenna. I didn’t know coach Beranek. One of his boys, Drake, was a star at UNK  and took a chance transferring to Nebraska. He followed his father into the coaching ranks and spent time at NAIA schools Hastings and Doane as an assistant before becoming a high school head coach at Holdrege and is now at Kearney High. While Drake was an assistant at Doane College, my alma mater, his brother, Connor, played for the Tigers. After one season, like his older brother, Connor wanted to try his hand at the next level so he transferred to NCAA DII Nebraska-Kearney, where he has had plenty of success.

That’s my connection to a man I never knew. Hardly a connection, maybe. I remember when Ravenna went in to challenge Bellevue West. It was the biggest story in the state and Ravenna held it’s own. That game, despite losing, gave many smaller schools across Nebraska a little more hope.

Look across the state now at teams that are sporting shirts during warmups, banners, signs, etc with #Bstrong on them and you’ll see that it’s more than just a community or two in the Cornhusker State feeling his impact.

What I know about Paul Beranek is he believed in all of his players, he touched a countless number of lives and he leaves a legacy that will live on for a very long time.

If I could positively impact a fraction of the lives Beranek did then I will consider my time on this earth a success.

Search his name on social media, type it into a search engine and you will quickly see how big of an impact he had. He impacted Ravenna and the surrounding area, the state of Nebraska and beyond.

Paul Beranek won championships on the court, but, more importantly, he created champions off the court out of many people he coached.

Thoughts with everyone in the communities impacted, his family and everyone who knew him.

RIP, Paul Beranek.

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