Published Friday, February 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm / Updated at 9:36 pm
Funeral Saturday for retired Tri County coach Kovar

BEATRICE, Neb. — A funeral Mass for retired Tri County coach Larry Kovar will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Beatrice.

Kovar, 73, died Wednesday from a terminal illness.

In 2008, Kovar entered the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame after 41 years in boys basketball, football and track and field.

He began his coaching career at Tobias, then spent two years at Hordville, three at Shickley, nine at Henderson and five at Holdrege followed by 20 years at Tri County.

Kovar’s career record in basketball was 495-320 with three state runner-up finishes. His girls track teams won state titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, sons Scott and Greg, both of Lincoln, and daughter Niki Henkel of Beatrice.

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