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Kinseth honored

December 28, 2012
By Chris Johnson

It takes a team effort to coordinate athletics and activities in any high school, and Fort Dodge is no different.

But there also has to be someone in charge of the events.

And for the past decade, Tom Kinseth has been the lead man for the Dodgers.

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Kinseth, who started as Athletics and Activities Director at Fort Dodge in 2002, was recently named the 2012-2013 IHSAA Athletic Director of the Year.

The Dodger was named the Central Iowa A.D. of the Year in early September, and was chosen out of the five divisions as the top A.D. in the state of Iowa.

"It's a very nice honor and it's special to have your peers nominate and select you,'' Kinseth said. "When I was selected, I couldn't believe it - it means a lot.

"You can't do it by yourself; you need a lot of help. The office staff and administration are a great help, and the volunteering in Fort Dodge is unbelievable. The volunteers that we have - I wouldn't trade for anyone in the state.''

Kinseth was quick to point out all the people that he looked up to and followed on his path.

"Bob White, Marv Reiland, Steve Duncan, Don Miller, Dutch Huseman and Dan Delaney were all there when I was athletic director in middle school,'' Kinseth said. "There are a lot of good people, and those are just a few, but to be associated with those guys and be mentored by those guys is unbelievable.

"To find out what they're doing and the successes and the problems they've had - those guys are still great mentors to me.''

With Fort Dodge hosting the state softball tournament, state cross country meet and state marching band, along with countless other high school events, there is a lot of help going into the final product.

"We have a great partnership with the city of Fort Dodge, including the Parks and Rec and Lori Branderhorst and Iowa Central,'' Kinseth said. "It's all about partnerships.

"This is definitely a job you can't do by yourself.''

Kinseth, who is the first A.D. at FDSH to also be the activities director, was also named the Middle School Athletic Director of the Year in 1999.

There is a lot of time away from home that goes into the job and without a supporting family, Kinseth knows it would have been rough.

"I would like to thank my wife (Shanda) as well,'' Kinseth said. "There have been a lot of missed suppers at night, but we would always sit down on Wednesdays and Sundays to have a family meal.

"She's been a very understanding wife. She helped by being a ticket taker, my basketball bench person and helped at cross country and many other ways.''



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