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by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · August 17th, 2017


The Marion Independent School District Board of Education will be honoring seven outstanding 2016/17 athletic coaches for their achievements at a regular school board meeting on August 28 at 4:30 p.m. The session is open to the public.

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, it's 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."

The Marion Times has published three of the coaches' responses in the July 6 Marion Times. The following are the remaining four coaches' answers.



Coach Fish - Baseball

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

Q. When and where did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching in 1984. My first year coaching baseball was at Coe College as an assistant coach and also at CR Washington as an assistant. My first head coaching experience in baseball was at Central City, where I was also the head football coach, the head track coach, and the Athletic Director.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. I have always enjoyed being around sports.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. It is hard to believe, but I think it is 20 years now.

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

A. I currently teach physical education. During my career, I have taught business education and sociology.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in 1983. I went to the University of Northern Iowa and Emporia State for my Master's Degree.

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

A. I have had several memorable moments, with so many awesome kids. So as a coach it is extremely difficult to pick just one. I do, however, wish all kids could enjoy the experience of "dog piling" after a huge victory ... the emotion is raw and real.

However, it has been extremely gratifying for me personally to coach each of my children's teams at the state tournament. My oldest son B.J. played for me on our 2006 team, my son Byron was our DH on the 2011 semifinal team, and my youngest son Baylor was the starting shortstop on this year's team ... and I was also able to coach my daughter Brittany on our state basketball teams in 2008 and 2010. So to be able to share that passion and emotion with each of them and their friends and teammates is special.

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

A. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame and/or being named Coach of the Year are nice and typically a milestone or achievement award, but it is nice to be recognized. In reality, it means I have been fortunate to have some great kids and great coaches to work with.



Jason Dabroski -

Cross Country

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

Q. When and where did you start your coaching career?

A. I started coaching cross country at the middle school and high school levels at Marion in 2009. I began coaching track at the start of the 2014 season.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. I had a lot of influential coaches growing up who had a great impact on the person I have become. So I guess I looked at coaching as an outlet to get involved with our Marion students and support them in reaching their own goals.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. Eight years

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

A. I teach 3rd grade at Francis Marion.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. University of Northern Iowa

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

A. Obviously winning the state meet this year will always be a special memory.

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

A. Just being a part of a championship team is really exciting. Watching our student-athletes step up and perform their best in each event was really inspiring.

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

Q. When and where did you start your coaching career?

A. My first coaching job was as the JV coach and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Coe College in 1996-97. I then was the Assistant Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach at Marion High School for two seasons from 1997-99. After that, I was the Head Varsity Boy's Basketball Coach at Marion High School for nine seasons from 1999-2008. During this time from 1997-2008, I was a business education teacher in the Marion Independent School District. In 2008, I started my position as the Activities Director at Marion High School. I have been the Head Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach at Marion High School for the last five seasons, from 2012 to present.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I attended Mount Mercy University from 1992-96. I played college basketball there for four years. I was inducted into the Mount Mercy Athletic Hall of Fame. My senior year we finished 29-6, won the conference championship, and made the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament. I obtained my Master's Degree from Coe College in 2005.

Q. What is your most memorable moment as a coach and what does your recent achievement in coaching mean to you?

A. The best memories I have as a coach and what I am most proud of is seeing the student-athletes grow and become better students and people. I love the positive relationships you build with student-athletes and coaches. It is rewarding seeing the students build work ethic, character, teamwork, and discipline through extra-

curricular activities. I feel very honored and privileged to work with the students at Marion High School.



Tim Lovell - Football

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

Q. When and where did you start your coaching career?

A. I started my football coaching career at Lake Forest College in 1997.

Q. Why did you start your coaching career?

A. Because my experiences as an athlete were so defined by influential coaches, I wanted to try and leave a legacy for those I am privileged to coach.

Q. How long have you been coaching at MISD?

A. One year.

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

A. I teach Physical Education at Excelsior Middle School, part of Linn-Mar.

Q. What college/s did you attend?

A. I attended Cornell College and received my Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix.

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

A. There are many memorable moments in my coaching career. The ones that mean the most are the opportunities given to my teams as an underdog where we over-achieved due to unwavering faith in our teammates and coaches.

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

A. It's a testament to the coaches, administrators, and players that have invested much of themselves in our program! Without them, nothing we have done would have been possible! I'm proud to work with them and that they take pride in what we are doing as a program and community.
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