PO Box 162
Clatonia, NE 68328
I began my first shot at the travel business in 2002. That’s when Marissa Maaske, a former All-American basketball player at Doane College, and I began a sports travel business that sent college basketball teams to Hawaii. Marissa and I continue to grow what became Malika Sport Tours. I still coached basketball and Marissa career as a physical therapist on Oahu flourished. In 2012, I retired from coaching, my final 13 years at Northwest Missouri State University. I had spent 39 years in education, the final 28 years as a college basketball coach. In 2018, I added Legendary Travel to my travel business. Legendary Travel is a natural extension to Malika Sport Tours. We book over 100 parents and fans each year as they follow their favorite team to Hawaii. Legendary Travel partners with Maryville Travel to bring a complete travel agency to our newest location in Nebraska. Tera Nelson, the owner of Maryville Travel, has allowed me to operate a desk out of her office in Maryville, Missouri the past eight years. In July 2019, Legendary Travel will open in downtown Crete, Nebraska. We will be in an office whose main business in Heath Sports and Tees. It will be a great combination of business. Just look for our window-front office on the south side of Heath Sports. Other than coaching and the travel business, I have a passion for writing. I have completed and published four books – When the Nets Came Down for Brenda; 27 – 0: Two Tales of Perfection; I’m Not Irish, The Incredible Journey of Wilson Fitzpatrick; and If You Didn’t See It In the Sun. I also write a blog for the Legendary Travel website and occasionally write a sports blog that can be found on my Malika Sport Tours Facebook page.
Jody was born and raised in Crete NE. After retiring in 2016 from a 30 year banking career, she was excited for the opportunity to join Lonnie and Gene at Legendary Travel. Jody has traveled internationally, to places such as Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, Amsterdam, and London. Much of her travel has been in conjunction with service projects, where she has helped build a birthing clinic and a library in Ghana, houses in Guatemala, and distributed clothing and eyeglasses in a small village in Mexico. Jody now looks forward to exploring new places in the world where she has never been, particularly “off the beaten path” kinds of places that are unique and out of the ordinary. Jody is an awesome idea person that pays a great deal of attention to detail. This is an invaluable asset when it comes to trip planning. She looks forward to sharing her love of travel with you!
Lonnie graduated from the North American School of Travel and Tourism in Omaha, NE and was employed by Four Seasons Travel in Lincoln for 5 years before creating her own agency in Crete. Lonnie specializes in family vacations, beach vacations, all-inclusive vacations, cruises and fun get-aways! Lonnie has visited many islands and beach resorts. She has traveled in Africa, Argentina and the Czech Republic. Lonnie can handle every phase of your trip including air, lodging and car rentals.