Inducted in 2014
Coach Comstock was inducted into the SHSAA Packer Sports Greats in 2014.
M. Claire Comstock was born and raised in Peru, NE, where he graduated from Peru Prep. At age 15 he worked in a South Omaha packing house. When he was 16 he worked at the Martin Bomber Plant at Offutt as an inside riveter on the B-29 and the B-26 planes. Coach said he spent 18 months in the military in Korea, and he’d never been so cold.
He coached three years at Highland Grade School and then seven years at SHS. He coached junior varsity and varsity teams and assisted Coach Cornie Collin with the varsity teams.
While at SHS he coached both Marlin Briscoe-1963 and Joe Berenis-1963. He said he would get so confused by the Bernth brothers that he didn’t know which one was playing and which one was on the bench.
Coach transferred to Bryan High and then to Bellevue High School (now Bellevue East) and then retired. He said he always liked the kids at SHS and referred to them as “his kids”. He said they showed the teachers and coaches more respect and had more enthusiasm in their sports program, and that SHS was always his favorite place.
Coach died in November 2014, shortly after being inducted into the Packer Sports Greats.