By chance or by intention? How one Lincoln neighborhood houses a NWU twist
Coaches are known for logging many miles––sometimes thousands of miles––to find the right player for their team.
For Nebraska Wesleyan University’s football and volleyball coaches, they only traveled 2.6 miles from campus to Dawson Creek Drive to find three athletes who live five houses apart.
“I wonder if there is any other college that has student athletes who go to the same school from the same block,” says Quin Keller, a fifth-year senior football player. “That’s kind of cool.”
Located in Northeast Lincoln, Dawson Creek Drive has produced successful athletes including Keller, Owen Anthony, a dual sport athlete in football and track and field, and sophomore volleyball player Reagan Holle.
“I remember seeing Quinn and Reagan’s older brother shooting hoops and being active together,” says Anthony.
“I would join, too,” says Holle.
As Keller reflects on growing up on Dawson Creek Drive and his collegiate career, he says one thing stands out. “We were part of a community where we grew up, and now we are part of something bigger as student athletes. We will always share those two things.”
Holle says NWU has a similar community just like her neighborhood. “You get to know everyone. When you pass someone on campus, you see a familiar face.”
When you go down Dawson Creek Drive, you might see a few other familiar NWU faces. Holle’s brother, Logan, is an alumnus. Keller’s dad is the football coach. His brothers also attended NWU and played football.
The next time coaches recruit for their teams, they might mistake Dawson Creek Drive for Prairie Wolf Parkway.