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IHSAA award winners have area connections

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 12:19 p.m. CDT

The Iowa High School Athletic Association will use the intermission of the championship games on March 8-9 to honor administrators, Bernie Saggau Award of Merit honorees, members of the media, sports medicine personnel and hall-of-fame officials.

Following are school administrator award recipients at halftime of the 3A championship game on March 9 with area connections

Rodger Ritchie of Bedford — Rodger graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines and attended Drake University. He began his teaching and coaching career at Cedar Consolidated School. He later served at Gilmore City-Bradgate as a science teacher and coach.

Ritchie later moved to Aurelia High School and where he taught and coached girls basketball. After completing his graduate studies at the University of South Dakota, he took a position at Sentral of Fenton as the secondary school principal. In 1969, he moved to North Scott of Eldridge and became assistant high school principal. He went on to serve as high school principal at Bedford.

After completing additional graduate work at the University of Missouri, he moved to Terril Community Schools as superintendent and elementary principal where he served for 20 years until his retirement in 1998. Rodger and his wife, Loretta, reside in Bedford where he is a member of the Bedford Board of Education.

Harley Schieffer of Clarinda — Harley is a graduate of Crofton High School in Crofton, Neb., and was a prep athlete in basketball and baseball. He went on to attend Wayne State College. He spent his 25-year teaching and coaching career at West Lyon High School in Inwood. He taught social studies and coached baseball for 23 years, basketball for 16 years, and was an assistant football coach for 24 years and served as athletic director for four years.

His last 16 years in education were spent in Clarinda Community Schools as an assistant principal and activities director. During his career he was a member of Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association, the Iowa Football Coaches Association, the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association, the Iowa Baseball Coaches Association, School Administrators of Iowa, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the Iowa Technology Education Association.

Harley was named the State Athletic Director of the Year in 2009 and is a member of the Hall of Fame in the Iowa High School Athletic Directors Association, the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association, and West Lyon Community School. He and his wife, Linda, now reside in Altoona and have three children and three grandchildren.

Richard Turner of Centerville — Richard attended Southeast Warren High School. He holds degrees from University of Northern Iowa, Northeast Missouri State University and Northwest Missouri State University. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lakota and later served at Wall Lake and Arnolds Park.

In 1975, he took a position at Harmony where he served as a physical education/science teacher and coach. He began his administrative career at East Union as a secondary principal and continued to serve as an assistant coach. He later served East Union as a superintendent.

His last position came at Centerville where he served as superintendent until his retirement in 2011. During his career he coached in the areas of track, baseball, softball, wrestling and basketball. He was active in numerous professional organizations, including the Iowa State Education Association, NEA, NASSP, AASA and School Administrators of Iowa. In 2001, he was named AEA 14 Superintendent of the Year. He and his wife, Shirley, have two children and five grandchildren.

James Wood of Bridgewater-Fontanelle — James graduated from Oto High School in 1954. He went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Wayne State where he also ran on the track team. He holds advanced degrees from Drake University and Northwest Missouri State University. He started his teaching career at Creston, Neb., and later served at Minden. He went on to serve as a teacher and coach at Bridgewater-Fontanelle for eight years. He then became the Junior & Senior High School athletic director and principal and continued to serve Bridgewater-Fontanelle for 25 years.

He helped to form Nodaway Valley District of Greenfield, Bridgewater and Fontanelle before he retired. He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including SAE, School Administrators of Iowa and IHSADA. James was also an active official for 35 years with the IHSAA. He and his wife, Lois, have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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