CEDAR FALLS — Longtime Cedar Falls High School Director of Athletics Gary Koenen will be stepping down from his position at the end of the school year, according to a release from the school district.

Koenen, a native of Latimer, has been the director of athletics at Cedar Falls for the past 25 years, where the Tigers have won 27 state championships in 11 different sports.

"Really proud of the fact that we have 88 percent of our students involved in at least one activity during their high school (9-12) career. Great student involvement in all activities," Koenen said in the statement.

Koenen graduated from CAL Community High School, where he participated and lettered in five sports as well as being active in music, speech and drama. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern College in Orange City in 1979, and his masters in education from the University of Northern Iowa in 1990.

Prior to becoming an athletic director, Koenen was the baseball coach at Sheffield-Chapin High School in 1984, and during that same time frame taught at Dows High School where he coached everything from junior high track to high school basketball and football.

From 1986 to 1989, he taught and coached at Atlantic before moving on to UNI, where he served as an administrative intern at the Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

Koenen began his administrative career at Webster City as an assistant principal and athletic director before leaving for Cedar Falls in 1993.

This past winter, Koenen was named the Iowa High School Athletic Director of the Year. He has also been recognized as the Northeast Iowa Athletic Director of the Year in 2013, and received the Administrator Award from the IAHSAA in 2016.

Koenen and his wife Beth, have a son, Zach, daughter-in-law, Heather, and a grand-daughter, Blakelee.

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