Iowa High School Athletic Association selects Tom Keating as its sixth executive director

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has selected Tom Keating as its sixth executive director, effective July of this year.

Keating, 63, who is currently the president at Cedar Rapids Xavier, will replace outgoing executive director Alan Beste, who announced his retirement in August.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tom Keating to the IHSAA family,’’ said IHSAA Board of Control president Greg Darling, who also is the superintendent at Humboldt. “The board went through an extensive hiring process with a national search, surveys to schools and staff, and rigorous interviews.

“Tom has taken a championship work ethic from his coaching career and combined that with invaluable knowledge as an educator and administrator. His exceptional core beliefs align with our vision of the IHSAA.’’

A Philadelphia native, Keating began his career at Maxwell High School in 1977 before moving to Dubuque Wahlert in 1980. There, he won 11 state volleyball championships and was named NFHS National Coach of the Year in 2003.

He became principal at Xavier in 2004, and president in 2018. He served on the IHSAA’s Board of Control from 2008 to 2018 and was chairperson in 2014-15.

“I’m excited to join the IHSAA as its next executive director,’’ Keating said. “The IHSAA’s long-standing tradition of serving its member schools in support of education-based activities is recognized locally and nationally. Working with an outstanding staff on board, as well as dedicated administrators and coaches across the state, it will be my goal to enhance the already outstanding programs offered at the IHSAA.’’

Past IHSAA executive directors include George E. Brown (1923-41), Lyle T. Quinn (1941-67), Bernie Saggau (1967-2005), Richard Wulkow (2005-15) and Alan Beste (2015-19).

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