Nebraska football’s Jack Pierce passed away on Monday morning. He was with the Cornhuskers since 1979, working as an assistant coach and with Nebraska development during his tenure.

Pierce started out with Nebraska as a part of former HC Tom Osborne’s staff. He would be in an assistant role until the 1991 season. After his coaching career came to close he remained with Nebraska football in a role with the athletic department’s development from 1992-1999 and 2012-2018

While he wasn’t a part of the national championships that Nebraska won in 1994, 1995, and 1997 he played a key role in creating the winning culture that the Cornhuskers had on Osborne’s teams.

Pierce was the physical embodiment of what it means to be a part of Cornhusker football, and will be dearly missed by the program. The Nebraska Athletic Department a statement following his passing.

“Today our heart goes out to the family, friends, and Husker colleagues of Jack Pierce who passed away earlier this morning.”