5 Area Men To Be Recognized At Boys State Basketball Tournament

Date posted - March 6, 2012

Darrell Sneiderman of Sheldon and John Kooiman of Orange City are two of just seven School Administrator Award recipients that will be honored Saturday night March 10th at the State Boys Basketball Tournament. Also to be honored are 3 individuals for Sports Medicine and 4 Bernie Saggau Award of Merit recipients.
Darrell Sneiderman grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Hurley High School. He went on to attend Dakota State College where he also played football. He later completed graduate and a counseling endorsement at the University of South Dakota and Morningside College. His teaching and coaching career began at Springfield, South Dakota. After two years, he moved on to Sheldon, where he would serve as a teacher and coach for 36 additional years.

While at Sheldon, Darrell held positions in industrial arts, physical education, guidance, at-risk, and as interim principal. For the past 12 years he has served as the school’s activities director. His coaching work at Sheldon has included being the head football coach for 25 years and serving as the boys’ golf coach. He has also served as an assistant coach for wrestling, track, and softball. He has been a member of SEA, ISEA, NEA, School Administrators of Iowa, IHSADA and he has been active in the state’s coaching associations. In 2007, he was named the Northwest Iowa Middle School Athletic Director of the Year. He and his wife, Jan, have three grown children.

A graduate of Southwest MN Christian High School in Edgerton, Minnesota,John Kooiman went on to earn degrees from Dordt College and the University of South Dakota. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach in Indiana from 1970-1975. He went on to serve more than 35 years at Unity Christian, Orange City. His service at Unity Christian began in 1975 as a guidance counselor and coach. He served in that capacity until 1997 when he became the school’s AD and vice principal. His duties also included service as a basketball and golf coach. In later years, he served as the finance and transportation director for the school. During his career, he was active in the Iowa Guidance & Counseling Association, IHSADA, and the basketball and golf coaches associations. He served as an assistant basketball coach on three state championship teams and his work as the head boys’ golf coach included a team winning percentage of 84% and included one state medalist honor. He and his wife, Karen, continue to reside in Orange City.

Also being recognized is Claude Struve Sheldon High School Boys Basketball Coach. Struve will receive an award from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association in honor of his 400th win recorded this season.

Joining Struve will be Loren DeJong head coach at MOC FLoyd Valley who notched his 400th win this season and Bill Francis head coach of the Boyden Hull Comets who recorded his 300th win this season.

The award will be presented during halftime of the Saturday evening 3A Boy’s Championship Game in Des Moines.

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