INDIANAPOLIS — West Noble High School athletic director Tom Schermerhorn was selected Indiana’s High School Athletic Director of the Year by the board of directors from the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
The announcement was made during the IIAAA’s state conference Sunday Marriott East hotel.
“Tom is most deserving of this prestigious award,” IIAAA president and Lowell High School athletic director Patti McCormack in a statement issued to KPC Media Group on Monday morning. “He has contributed in so many ways to the IIAAA. His involvement in his community and school is exemplary and these are key components of being selected as the Indiana’s Athletic Administrator of the Year. Tom is a shining example of servant leadership, and selflessness.”
Schermerhorn was selected from the six district athletic directors of the year chosen. Schermerhorn was the District 2 AD of the year. District 2 is in northeast Indiana and includes Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.
“I’m just so honored,” Schermerhorn said Monday afternoon. “Honestly I was not expecting it.
“It’s humbling. It’s a profession you get into for all the right reasons, to help kids and promote communities. It’s not about personal accolades.
“At West Noble, I work with outstanding students and coaches. I love being a part of the West Noble community,” Schermerhorn added.
Schermerhorn feels lucky to receive the statewide honor because he said he works with many athletic directors in the area and beyond who are also deserving of the award.
“There are so many who are more deserving than I,” Schermerhorn said. “This award is a reflection on those people and the West Noble community.”
Schermerhorn is appreciative of the love and support from his wife DeeDee and their children Rachel, Madison and Luke. Tom and DeeDee have been married for 26 years.
Tom Schermerhorn has had a lot of late nights at school in 20 years as an athletic director, including 19 at West Noble. The first year as an AD for the 1990 Tri-State University graduate was in the 1995-96 school year at Prairie Heights.
“I’m so appreciate of my family for their understanding to allow me to do this,” Schermerhorn said. “DeeDee is a saint.”
Schermerhorn has worked at West Noble High for over 22 and a half years. He was a health and physical education teacher for six years and an assistant athletic director for a couple of years.
Schermerhorn received a ring from Jostens and a plaque for being named the IIAAA State High School Athletic Director of the Year.
Also announced at the IIAAA state conference over the weekend is that former East Noble High School athletic director Tom Crist was nominated for inductions into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame.