AURELIA - Aurelia's veteran coach Myron Radke has been selected by the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association to serve as the head coach for the North squad in next summer's annual Shrine All-Star Football Classic.
The game will be played Saturday, July 26, at 7 p.m., at a site to be announced later.
Radke, who has indicated next season might be his last, has been the coach at Aurelia for 25 years. He has selected the following coaches to be his assistants for the Shrine game: Keith Hanks of Sioux City North, Kevin Hammer of Alta, Bob Read of Linn-Mar Marion, Aundra Meeks of Waterloo Columbus, and Todd Coy of South Hamilton. Hanks is married to the former Nickie Pierce, a 1989 Aurelia High School grgaduate.
Head coach for the South squad will be Gary Swenson of Valley West Des Moines, one time Spencer High School coach.
The coaches will select 46 players for each squad, made from nominations received from the high school coaches around the state.
The 2008 game will be the 36th annual game, and the games have raised over $2 million for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. There are 19 orthopedic Shriners hospitals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii, as well as three burn centers in the U.S., and one unit in the U.S. which treats all types of cases.
Invitations will be sent to the selected players on December 19, and players have until January 15 to accept or decline to play in the game. Most previous selections felt it was a great honor, one of the highlights of their high school football years. Tim Dwight, Kyle Orton, and Bret Meyer are among the many former Iowa high school players to have played in the Iowa Shrine All-Star game.