Harold Johnk competed in football, basketball and track at the University of Omaha from 1933-1937. In football, he played center on offense and linebacker on defense. He was named to the all-NCC team in 1935 and 1936. In basketball, he was a 6-foot-4 center and a key rebounder. In track, he threw shot put, discus and ran low hurdles. His discus mark of 147 feet stood as the school record for several years. In 1936, Johnk's senior year, he earned Little All-American honors. After graduation he was an assistant football coach (1938-1942) before serving in the military during WWII, returning to OU after the war (1946-1948), and then joining his family's farm. He was inducted into the UNO Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.
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The papers of Harold Johnk document his student athletic career at the University of Omaha, his time as an assistant Football coach, and induction into the UNO Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.