With chants of “Go Big Red” and “Scott Frost” carrying across the meeting room, a crowd met Husker’s coach Scott Frost with excitement and admiration during his visit to Gering on Monday.
After introductions by Matt Davison, associate athletic director for football, and Bill Moos, athletic director, Frost walked out to cheers and a standing ovation.
With around 900 chairs set up and a majority of the meeting room filled, Husker fans of all ages, new fans and old, met at the Gering Civic Center to listen to members of the Husker football staff give some insight on the upcoming season.
Some dedicated Husker fans had been camped out since 10 a.m., more than two hours before Frost would make his appearance.
This tour was sponsored by First National Bank, the “bank of Husker nation.” The local First National Bank of North Platte branch helped put the event on, with employees acting as door ushers and greeters. The branch was made aware of the event about two weeks ago, leaving little time for preparation.
“We had to do the logistic part,” branch manager Laurie Morgheim said,
That included making sure the staff had a place to eat and were well taken care of while in this neck of the woods.
But, the timeframe didn’t deter those at the bank. The event garnered an impressive audience and allowed those in attendance to get a glimpse into what is ahead for the Husker football program, while also accommodating the speakers.
Hopie Freuh and her family came to the event to hear about the changes Frost plans on making to turn the team around.
“I think it’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “Anytime we can see someone from Nebraska come all of this way to Scottsbluff is super rad.”
Her son, Josiah, plays football now and was thrilled to see Frost speak.
Freuh said her son asked if he would play for Frost someday, and she said she responded by telling him it takes a lot of hard work.
But, Josiah said his dream is to play for the Huskers, which motivates him to work hard.
George Schlothauer and his family were among the hundreds in attendance Monday. Schlothauer has been a lifelong fan of the Huskers.
“Our family has had season tickets since 1962,” he said.
Schlothauer said he thinks it's great to “still have that connection” to western Nebraska despite the distance between the Panhandle and Lincoln.
Clare Schlothauer, a much younger Husker fan, said she thinks “it’s awesome” seeing Frost and the coaching staff visit this end of the state.
“I think we are going to have a great season,” she said.
Although the tour continues today, Frost’s visits consisted of just two communities.
“Out of the (26) towns, (Gering) and Alliance are the only two that Scott is attending,” Morgheim said.
After Monday afternoon’s visit, Frost headed to an event at Newberry’s in Alliance.
The remainder of the visits around the state will be by other members of the coaching staff. None of those planned include Frost, which made the Gering stop a unique one.