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Don Leahy, retired UNO and Creighton athletic director, dies

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Don Leahy, the retired athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Creighton University, has died after a long bout with cancer and other health issues. He was 88.

Leahy's family on Friday announced his death in a statement released through the UNO athletic department.

Leahy was UNO's athletic director from 1974-85 and again from 1994-97 and was the driving force behind the Mavericks starting a Division I hockey program in 1997. He was Creighton's athletic director from 1985-90.

Leahy played quarterback for Marquette University and appeared in the 1951 Blue-Gray Game. He was head football coach at Omaha Creighton Prep for 17 years, winning eight state championships before leaving in 1972.

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