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Advertisement MHS Coaches to be honored at MISD BOE meeting
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · July 6th, 2017


"Coaches who can outline plays on a black board are a dime a dozen. The ones who win get inside their player and motivate." -- Vince Lombardi



The Marion Independent School District Board of Education will be honoring outstanding 2016/17 athletic coaches for their achievements at a regular school board meeting tba at a later date.

In response to our request for profile information on each coach, MISD Principal Greg Semler wrote the following:

"I was asked to review the past year as it relates to coaching awards...below is the list (including the Marion Times profile questionnaire answers), with the following caveat. We know this is about our student athletes, they run, catch, throw, shoot; as one of my mentors used to tell me "never saw a coach hit a shot, swing a bat or make a tackle in high school competition.

"Words that are always with me as we discuss these matters, for us at MHS...I know our coaching staff would unequivocally say the very same thing. In addition, there is coaching in the classroom daily. For some, the award is setting a child on the right path, playing a part in a students' life...If I have missed anyone on this list, please let me know.

"I must also note that many quality coaches work for years, do tremendous work and never get to a state event with their team, the nature of our business. Yet, important to honor our staff that have done honorable work, these awards are not self-selected, they cannot vote for themselves, these awards are a statement by their peers, people they compete against."



Jason Haag - Wrestling

2017 Metro Coach of the Year

Q. When did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching during the 1998-99 wrestling season.

Q. Where did you start your coaching career?

A. I started as an assistant at Monticello, then volunteered for two years at Marion, then as an assistant at Linn-Mar for ten years, now head at Marion going into my 7th year.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching because I love the sport of wrestling and what it teaches you. Wrestling has done a lot for me throughout my life. I want to give back to the sport by coaching, helping kids become the best they can be and helping develop the life skills wrestling teaches you.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. I will be starting my 7th year as the head coach at Marion.

Q. Do you teach in the classroom as well? What subject/s do you teach?

A. Yes- I teach physical education at Starry Elementary.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I attended the University of Northern Iowa.

Q. What is your most memorable moment as a coach?

A. My most memorable moment as a coach, that is a hard one I've had a lot of memorable moments. It's a memorable moment watching wrestlers reach their goals and being able to be a part of that. Those goals can range from being a four-time state champ, state place winner, state qualifier, winning record or winning their first match. It's fun to watch wrestlers set a goal, work hard, and achieve that goal. Another memorable moment is when a wrestler says thanks for everything at the end. That lets me know that I have made a difference.

Q. What does your recent achievement in coaching mean to you?

A. Having success as a team and four state qualifiers, and having two of them place, was an important year because it was our first winning season and first qualifiers since I became the head coach. It goes to show we are on the right track and making progress as a program. We have kids buying into what our program is about and seeing success from that buy-in.



Chad Zrusdsky -

Boys' Track & Field

State Champions 3A, Metro Coach of the Year, 3A Boys' Track & Field Coach of the Year

Q. When did you start your coaching career?

A. I began coaching as an assistant track and field coach in 2002. In 2004 I became the head boys track and field coach at Marion. I was also an assistant boys and girls coach for high school and middle school at Marion from 2004 - 2007.

Q. Where did you start your coaching career?

A. My entire coaching career has been at Marion.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. I have always enjoyed athletics, and specifically have a passion for track and field. I enjoy the opportunity to work with the student-athletes and help them challenge themselves and achieve personal successes. I hope what they learn from the sport goes beyond their athletic experiences and positively impacts their lives.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. I have coached for 13 years, from 2002 - 2017. I did not coach from 2012-2014.

Q. Do you teach in the classroom as well? What subject/s do you teach?

A. I am currently the Associate High School Principal at Marion High School. Prior to my administrative role, I taught chemistry and physics at Marion High School for 10 years.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I graduated from Coe College in 2001 with a degree in chemistry.

I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 with a Masters in Educational Leadership.

I am currently enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa and will complete my coursework for my superintendency certification in 2018.

Q. What is your most memorable moment as a coach?

A. There have been so many great moments over the years, it is hard to pick just one. My favorite memories are seeing the reactions of the athletes when they achieve a personal record on the track or achieve one of their personal goals. Their expressions and excitement in having just done the best they ever have makes coaching so much fun.

Q. What does your recent achievement in coaching mean to you?

A. I am so proud of the guys on the team and the way they performed this year. Their goal was to win a state title and they worked hard every day to ensure that they were able to realize that goal. The way they performed at the state meet was remarkable. To have the confidence and poise to perform as they did on that big of a stage says a lot about their preparation and trust in each other. I'm so proud to have had the opportunity to work with so many great kids this year.



Roxanne Paulsen -

Volleyball

WaMaC Coach of the Year (West Side)

Q. When did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching volleyball in 1995, but started coaching in the fall of 1992; basketball was my first coaching position.

Q. Where did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching volleyball at Moulton-Udell in 1995.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. I have always enjoyed the experiences that I gained while playing sports in high school and I was hoping to bring some of my experiences to other high school athletes. I was looking forward to it being an avenue to teach young people life lessons along the way.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. I have been coaching volleyball since the fall of 1999 and the head coach since 2004.

Q. Do you teach in the classroom as well? What subject/s do you teach?

A. Yes, I am a teacher, I teach a variety of high school math courses.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I got my B.S. from the University of Iowa and my Masters in Education from Viterbo University.

Q. What is your most memorable moment as a coach?

A. I have many but one near the top of the list would be winning the class 3A State Title in 2008.

Q. What does your recent achievement in coaching mean to you?

A. Winning the conference tournament last season was a big accomplishment for my program. We have only been able to earn that title two times since I have become the head coach at Marion. This is a tough tournament; there are several teams who successfully compete in the state tournament year after year, so it is difficult to accomplish this goal each year.



Coach Fish - Baseball

Hall of Fame Inductee, 600 wins, 10 Conference titles, 10 District titles, 2 state appearances, BOE Iowa HS Baseball Association



Corby Laube -

Girls' Basketball

State 4A Coach of the Year, Metro Coach of the Year, Conference Coach of the Year, District Coach of the Year



Jason Dabroski -

Cross Country

2016 (Fall) 3A Boys XC Coach of the Year (at large, all classes)

Tim Lovell - Football

3A District 4 Coach of the Year (Fall 2016)



The remaining four coach profiles will be published in a future Marion Times.

In addition, Semler writes, "Follow our Marion Boys Baseball team on Twitter." The team is ranked #6 in the state. "Come on, boys of summer!"

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