Independence (Official) 2011
He has been honored with the following awards:
1968 – Football team went 12-0 and won the state title in New Mexico.
1968 – Football Coach of the for the state of New Mexico.
2001 – Inducted into the Independence High Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.
2006 – Iowa-USATF Official of the Year
2008 – IATO Field Event Official of the Year
2009 – Inducted into the William Penn University Athletic Hall of Fame.
2010 – The University of Iowa Track and Field Appreciation Award
Paullina (Official) 2015
Curt graduated from Postville high school in 1967 then went on to earn a degree in history at Iowa State and his Masters degree in Educational Administration at the University of South Dakota. His first teaching and coaching jobs were at Glidden-Ralston, followed by Paullina then South O’Brien, where he spent 15 years as a teacher, Activities Director and Assistant Principal.
During his career Curt coached basketball, softball, track, volleyball, football and baseball. He has been a registered official for over 35 years and a track official since 1975. Curt has been an active member of the IATO since 2000 and has been chosen as both a state and national Boys track and field official of the year. Curt has been a member of the state track meet crew since 1997 both as an Umpire and a Starter. As a certified USATF official, Curt has worked several NCAA and major conference meets.
Curt and his wife Claudia have 3 children.
Renwick & IHSAA 2002/(Official) 2013
Official – 2013
Dave Anderson has been a friend and supporter of high school track and field in about as many different ways as possible. He was an outstanding high school and college athlete who went on to be a high school coach who went on to be a certified track and field and cross country official who went on to become a member of the IHSAA Board of Control, who went on to work for the IHSAA for 25 years who went on to serve on three National Federation Committees concerning Track and Field and Cross Country. Dave was a member of the UNI Panther track and field team. He was four year letter winner and co-captain his senior year. He was a member of the UNI 4 X 400 relay team that finished third in the NCAA College Division Championships earning All American honors. Prior to joining the Athletic Association staff he was a high school teacher and cross country and track and field coach. Dave was a state tournament official in track and field, cross country, football and softball; he started numerous IHSAA and IGHSAU district and regional meets. In 1989 he was a starter for the boys state track and field meet. He is a member of the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame and the Iowa High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame. He has previously been recognized by the IATO for distinguished service. Dave has been a Drake Relays official for over 25 years and is a registered USA Track and Field Official with a national designation in six different areas.
Prior to joining the IHSAA staff, Dave represented the Iowa Association of School Boards on the IHSAA Board of Control. Dave is the IHSAA administrator for Cross Country, Track and Field and Bowling. He has been instrumental in working with the Girls Union and developing co-ed state championships in each of these sports. Under his leadership Iowa became the first state in the nation to include wheelchair competitors in track and field and cross country. Nationally, Dave has served on three National Federation Committees, including the TARGET Committee, the Soccer Rules Committee and the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee. He served as the chairperson of the Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Committee from 2007-2011. He is currently serving on an Ad Hoc NFHS committee that is redesigning the NFHS Track and Field and Cross Country Officials Manual. He has received the NFHS Outstanding Service Award and the NFHS Citation for positively impacting educationally based programs.
Gilbert 2008 (Official) 2014
Deb Larson Anderson graduated from South Hamilton High School in the spring of 1969 and from UNI in 1973.
Deb taught PE at all levels at Gilbert as well as coaching cheerleading, JH girl’s basketball, varsity girl’s basketball, and track and field and cross country.
It was in coaching track and field and cross country where Deb Anderson excelled.
Deb coached JH girl’s track and field for 34 years. She started the high school cross country program in 1976 and led them to success for 26 years.
The Anderson coached girls cross country teams qualified for state 14 times with 1 state title and 2 runner-up trophies to their credit. Fellow Hall of Fame member Sydney Pounds Leach won 2 state titles under Anderson’s tutelage.
The boys made it to state 15 times and finished 2nd twice.
In her last 21 years serving as Gilbert’s boys and girls cross country coach, there was only 1 season that Gilbert was not represented at the state meet.
Deb has never missed a cross country meet or JH track meet that Gilbert has participated in, even AFTER retiring. In 1998, 2001 and 2008 she was a National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year finalist.
She has been a IATC girls cross country state coach of the year once, and 11 times has been chosen by her peers as a regional cross country coach of the year.
Her JH Girls track teams won over 120 meets, with 6 undefeated seasons, 10 conference championships, 1 state meet title and 1 state pentathlon title.
In 2007 her IATC peers recognized her as JH Track Coach of the Year.
It is not only coaching that has kept Deb busy all of her adult life. She is very active in her church, singing in the choir, making quilts and teaching Sunday school. She has also played a key role in the success of the IATC; working at IATC sponsored events, being a regional rep and chairing the JH Coach of the Year committee the past 10 years.
Since retiring from teaching and coaching Deb has become a registered track and field official, keeping busy working meets at Iowa State and Drake; working at the Relays plus the state meet and NCAA championships.
Deb Larson Anderson graduated from South Hamilton High School in the spring of 1969 and from UNI in 1973. If there were one word to describe this IATO Hall of Fame inductee, it would be DEDICATION. In the fall of 1973 she began her 34 year teaching and coaching career in the Gilbert school district. Deb taught PE at all levels at Gilbert as well as coaching cheerleading, JH girl’s basketball, varsity girls basketball, and track and field and cross country. Track and field and cross country have been very important in Deb Anderson’s life. First as an athlete, then as a coach and now as an official.
Bloomfield (Official) 2010
He came back across the border and became the only PE teacher at Sutherland Community Schools in Sutherland Iowa. Dennis served in the US Army and then returned to start his serious career of teaching in 1959 in the Fonda Community School District and then moved to Twin Rivers CSD in Bode, Iowa. In 1968 for he moved his family the Davis County Schools in Bloomfield. There he was appointed to be their elementary PE teacher and Varsity Coach. Davis County Schools kept him at that position for 22 years and was given duties of Athletic Directorship for another 8 years. In 2000 he retired from school duties, but they called him back to be the Junior High Track Coach and have been doing that ever since that appointment. He earned a numerous awards from the IATC: Regional Coach of the year in 79, 80, and 92 and was named State 3A Coach of the Year in 1980. Denny coached 22 State Champions between the years of 1979-1992. With his retirement from teaching and coaching varsity level competition he wanted to stay close to his friends in T & F and became very active with Iowa Association of Track Officials where he was awarded the SE Running Official of the Year in 2000. He has been an umpire and official at the college level with the Missouri Valley, Big 12 and Drake Relays. His recognized corner at the Boys and Girls State High School Meets since 2000 is on the third curve. During the last seven years he has been the Zone Chief at the State Boys and Girls High School Meets. To continue with his accomplishments, he is the SE Director of Iowa Track Officials Association, been named the Centerville Big Red Relays Horary Referee in 1993, has two major meet relays named: The Dennis Anderson Relays, plus with every Davis County Track Meet, he is the announcer of that evening.
Lyle D. “Andy” Anderson
East Des Moines 1973
Francis “Bab” Babcock
New Hampton 1985
Eagle Grove 2001
Jerry started his career at Colo, Iowa and then Sutherland, Iowa. He has spent the last 29 years at Eagle Grove High School in Eagle Grove, Iowa. During his 43 year career, Jerry has coached football, baseball, track and cross country. His career record during his 8 years as football coach was 81-66-1.
Jerry’s teams won several conference titles. He had one undefeated season and won a State Championship (Mythical) at Sutherland. Jerry also coached one High School All-American at Sutherland. He spent five years as a head baseball coach and won two conference titles while at Sutherland High School.
Jerry’s accomplishments as a track and cross country coach are magnificent. He has had numerous conference and district hampionship teams. His cross country teams have qualified for the state meet 20 out of the last 21 years with an average finish of th place. He has two State Championship teams in 1984 and 1987. In addition his teams were the state runners up in 1985 and 1994. His teams have won 10 North Central Conference titles. In track, Jerry’s teams were also very successful. He has won nine North Central Conference titles. He has coached several individual and relay teams that have won state championships.
Jerry has been honored by several groups for his career achievements. These include being named Regional Coach of the Year eight times and State Coach of the Year twice by the IATC, Regional National Coach of the Year in Cross Country in 2001 by the National High School Coaches Association, and the Westmar Alumni Coach of Year for Football in 1964 and for Track in 1985. Jerry has given of his time in other areas as well. He has been a member of his church’s choir for over forty years. Jerry coached a Cross Country team that competed in China. He was selected as the Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the year. He also served as a delegate to the county caucus for four years. Jerry has also served as a starter for track and cross country, an umpire in baseball and softball and a referee in basketball. He also served as the athletic director for several years as well.
Sara (Beckord) Swails
Rolfe (Athlete) 1991
Volga City & Iowa State University 1984
Bergan, a graduate of Northern Iowa, where he lettered in track and cross country, first coached six seasons at Waterloo Columbus High School. A former NCAA cross country and track and field coach of the year, he earned district coach-of-the-year honors 19 times. Bergan is a member of the ISU Cardinal Key organization, recognizing outstanding leadership, character, scholarship and service to ISU. The Drake Relays Hall of Fame member was named to the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984, the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame (for his athletic accomplishments) in 1997, the ISU Hall of Fame in 2001 and the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame in 2006. Bill is the President/CEO and founder of Championship Productions, Inc., an Ames-based company founded by Bergan in 1976 that has grown to become one of the leading producers and distributors of coaching and athlete instructional videos and DVDs in the world. Championship Productions has worked closely with the IATC, of which Bill was a founding member, to bring forth one of the leading Track & Field/Cross Country coaches clinics in the nation in Ames, IA. For the past several years, Bill has been the volunteer Track & Field director for the Iowa Special Olympics and has also volunteered his time to be the Track & Field Director for the first-ever National Special Olympics Games in the summer of 2006.
Bergan resides in Ames with his wife Karen. They raised four children; three of them are married, and also have (as of 2006) four grandchildren. Bill and Karen are also known as the “parents” of Marc Kitchen, a long-time Bergan family friend and former Special Olympian. With Marc Kitchen, the Bergans were named the Outstanding Family of the Year at the 2001 Iowa Special Olympics.
Iowa State University 1975
Montezuma (Official) 2007
E. G. Booth
Indianola (Official) 2000 Charter IATO
Montezuma (Official) 2012
University of Iowa 2011
Teresa Breyfogle (Mohwinkle)
Galva Holstien 2000
Fairfield (Official) 2001
Jennifer Brower (McNutt)
St. Ansgar 1999
In Cross Country she was a four time individual state qualifier winning three straight district tiles and placing in the top ten all four years. She won the state title in 1986 and was runner-up in 1985 and 1987. Jennifer was seventh as a freshman. She was the only member of her high school cross country team during her high school career. She was selected to the All-State teams in 1986 and 1987. Selected the Iowa AAU outstanding Athlete Award for Cross Country in 1987. In track her accomplishments are outstanding. She won four district title in the 3000 Meter Run and the 4 X 800 Meter Relay. She won the 1500 Meter Run title three times and was runner-up once. She also won ten conference titles. At the state meet she won two 3000 Meter Run titles both indoors and outdoors. Her junior year she ran 10:07 which was the seventh best time for an Iowa prep. She placed in the 1500 Meter Run and the 4 X 800 Meter Relay all four years, winning the 1500 Meter Run title her senior year. She was selected to the All State Track and Field teams in 1987 & 1988. Jennifer was a member of the National Honor Society, State of Iowa Scholar and earned four academic letters during her years at St. Ansgar. After her graduation she continued her career at the University of Iowa on an athletic scholarship in Cross Country and Track. Her collegiate career was impressive as well. She was a three time All-American in Cross and Track. She was the 1990 team captain. Here is a look at some of her accomplishments while at the University of Iowa. Jennifer won the 10,000 Meter Run Champion at the Drake Relays and the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Filed Meet. She won the 5000 Meter Run at the Kansas Relays, Florida Relays, and the Cornhusker Indoor Invitational. She was the regional and Big Ten Runner-up in Cross Country. She placed 3rd and 5th in the 10,000 Meter Run at the NCAA Championships in 1991 and 1992. She is the 10,000 meter record holder at the University of Iowa. Jennifer was selected the NCAA Women of the Year for the University of Iowa. She was selected the All-Around team MVP in 1991-1992. She was a three time Academic All American and a four time Academic All-Big Ten. Jennifer received the Big Ten Medal of Honor. She has been selected the University of Iowa Track Academic Athlete of the Decade and is a member of the Iowa Hawkeye Hall of Fame. Jennifer graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995 with a BA in Pharmacy. She received an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. Jennifer continued he competitive career after graduations with similar results. She placed 5th in the 5000 Meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in 1991. She was a qualifier for the Olympic Trials in 10,000 Meter Run 1992 and the Marathon in 1996. She competed in Beijing, China, in 1993, the World Half-Marathon champions in Belgium, in 1993, and in Japan in 1997. She is a member of the Adidas Running Team.
Jennifer married Matt McNutt in June of 1995. They are the proud parents of daughter Megan born October 27, 1999. Matt and Jennifer live in Austin, Texas where Matt is a lawyer for 3-M and Jennifer is a pharmacist for People’s Pharmacy. It is an honor to introduce Jennifer Brower-McNutt as a 1999 inductee to the Iowa Association Tack & Field Hall of Fame.