I couldn’t wish for a better experience growing up in and around Diller and Odell, and in the Diller-Odell school. Diller-Odell’s faculty and staff fostered a caring environment that allowed me to grow in both academics and athletics. Every teacher/coach pushed me to recognize and meet my potential in that growth. I appreciated the small classes and being able to know all the students there older and younger. The atmosphere at the school always seemed to be focused on education in both the classroom and on the court/field. On top of teaching the curriculum, the teachers and coaches instilled a great set of values into us students by setting great examples. The students were always put first and the faculty was always willing to go above and beyond to help students succeed and better themselves on multiple levels. Diller-Odell provided many opportunities to be involved in various extracurricular organizations, all in an effort to give students the best chance at making it in the next level of their education and in the workforce. Attending Diller-Odell taught me to have a strong foundation of respect, knowledge, critical thinking, hard work, and perseverance; all are values I try to hold on to now and will try to teach to my children.
I graduated from Diller-Odell High School in 2004 and continued my education and football career at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK). After a car accident ended my athletic career, I focused my efforts on my education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Molecular Biology in 2009. I then continued my education at UNK earning a Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Plant Molecular Biology in 2013. After grad school, I began to work for Nalco Champion-An Ecolab Company, as a Chemical Technical Representative, advising and supporting a large sales team in the Rocky Mountains. I continue to be happy in my role here.
My family and I currently live in Green River, Wyoming. My wife Brittan is from Mitchell, NE. She also attended UNK studying Studio Art. We have 2 daughters: Vega (2 years) and Corvus (1 month).
I thank all the Diller-Odell Faculty, Staff, and Coaches for being such a large contributor to my growth during high school and ever since as a person, parent, and professional. GO GRIFFINS!