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Chalstrom eyes Koch as WHS Activities Director

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Scott Koch
Would replace Phipps for 2012-2013 school year

Cherokee School District Superintendent Dr. John Chalstrom is recommending to the Cherokee Board of Education that Scott Koch be named Activities Director at Washington High School for the 2012-2013 school year.

Koch has been a teacher and coach in the Cherokee District since 1990. A graduate of Willow High School in Quimby, Koch received his undergraduate degree from Buena Vista College (now University), and his Masters Degree in Education from Southwest Minnesota State.

Koch has had a very distinguished coaching career at WHS, most notable being his leadership of the Cherokee Braves baseball program during two stints as head coach, including winning the State Championship in 2007 and making several back-to-back State Tournament appearances with the Braves.

Koch also has coached various sports in the Cherokee Middle School, and is a long-time Braves football assistant coach.

"Scott's positive attitude and commitment towards student activities make him an ideal candidate for the position of Activities Director," said Chalstrom in his recommendation.

The Board of Education will act on Chalstrom's recommendation at its next regularly scheduled meeting Monday, July 16.

If approved by the Board, Koch will replace current Activities Director Neil Phipps, who in May was named WHS Principal for the 2012-2013 school year after former WHS Principal Larry Hunecke retired.

Chalstrom noted that at this time, the Koch and Phipps job changes are for the 2012-2013 school year only, and he said the District will see how next school year plays out before a decision is made what course to follow going forward.

Koch and his wife Deb are the parents of three former Cherokee WHS stellar athletes - Jared, Samantha, and Matt.

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