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Neligh-Oakdale Athletic Director Ron Beacom has been selected as the 2019 District III Athletic Director of the Year by the Nebraska State Interscholastic Administrators Association (NSIAAA).
Beacom said he found out about the award from Principal Ben Dempsey on Monday morning.
“Mr. Dempsey brought the letter in to me—they sent us the same letter so he would also know,” he said. “He told me, ‘Congratulations!’ I asked, ‘For what?’ and he told me to read the letter.”
Beacom said he is humbled by the honor.
“It’s exciting,” he said. “I think it means I’ve been doing this awhile. It’s cool that somebody thought enough of me to nominate me. I feel like we’re doing a lot of good things at Neligh-Oakdale.”
Chuck Ross, Wisner-Pilger Athletic Director, nominated Beacom for the award. Ross said he had recommendations from the administration at Neligh-Oakdale and several athletic directors in Northeast Nebraska also brought up Beacom’s name. They all mentioned his organizational abilities and deep care for his students.
“And I felt that he did a great job with two tragedies faced by his district in the past few years,” Ross said. “In my dealings with him, he has been nothing but cooperative.”
“Ron does a solid job at Neligh-Oakdale,” he stated in his nomination. “They have well-run programs in the district and he is always prepared and has a plan.”
Ross said Beacom is a big contributor in District III.
“He has lots of experience dealing with a variety of issues that smaller schools face and has worked to maintain resources for his programs at NOPS,” he said.
The award will be presented to Beacom during the luncheon of the NSIAAA Spring Banquet on Wednesday, March 6 at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln.
Each year, the NSIAAA recognizes athletic directors who exemplify the highest standards of his/her profession and who, through their influence on the lives of young people under their direction has made significant contributions to their school and community.
Beacom began his teaching career at Creighton High School in 1991, spending two years there before moving to Superior for another two years. From there, he took a job with Archbishop Bergan in Fremont. During his time at Bergan, Beacom spent some years as an athletic director before he became the principal. He is currently in his sixth year as athletic director, math teacher and head football coach at Neligh-Oakdale.
According to the NSIAAA criteria, nominees for the NSIAAA athletic director awards must have served a minimum of eight years in an athletic administrator role. They must also be recognized in their community as an educational leader and must have made a significant impact on the lives of students. Nominees must also have improved the social and cultural environment at their school through their work with athletics and activities.