Phil Hummel

The late Phil Hummel is inducted into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame.                   Photo: Submitted

Each year the National High School Athletics Coaches Association meets to induct new members in to their Hall of Fame. Twenty Seven new members were granted admission to the associations hall during the July 24th, ceremony in Fargo, ND.

Among those that were inducted was the late Phil Hummel who coached at Woodbine,  for more than 40 years.

 The NHSACA was originally set up to help gain recognition for the nation's high schools coaches and athletic directors. The Associ-ation's goal is to raise the quality and the competence of high school athletic coaching and administration to the highest level, to promote and publicize high school sports, to foster amateur sports programs for boys and girls and to promote drug and alcohol abuse prevention among high school students.

 Coach Hummel began coaching boys' track and field at Woodbine High School in 1957. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1998.

During Coach Hum-mel's storied career, his Cross Country teams won more than 100 meets and his track teams racked up 210 track meet wins. Hummel's Woodbine Tigers won Iowa Boys State track titles from 1989 to 1992 and was runner up in 1988. His cross country boys team brought home state titles in 1986 and 1987 and was runner up in 1995. He also took the Woodbine Tigers girls cross country team to an Iowa State title in 1984.

Among the awards Coach Hummel was awarded have been the 1988 Iowa Athletic Association Nominee for National Coach of the Year in Cross Country and 1996 National High School Athletic Coaches Asso-ciation Regional Coach of the Year. He was named the IATC Regional Coach of the Year 18 times, Iowa High School Coach of the Year four times, he was a member of the IHSAA Track Advisory Committee, a regional representative for the Iowa Association of Track Coaches, Boys Track Representative for the Iowa Athletic Coaches Association and was a certified official with the USA Track and Field and had served as a track coach for the USA Track and Field competition in China.

Hummel was inducted into the Sidney (Iowa) High School Hall of Fame in 1985, the Tarkio (Mo.) College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and named the 1991-1992 Coach of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald (this was the first time the award was not given to a football or basketball coach).

 As part of his legacy, the Phil Hummel Mem-orial Track Capital Campaign is working to build a state of the art track and field facility named in his honor. It will be a facility that will house an eight-lane all-weather track with updated lighting and seating. This will enhance Woodbine's recreational and wellness capacity for all community members and increase the future viability of the track and field program for Woodbine athletes.

 Phil shared his life with his wife, JoAnn of 56 years; his son, Alan, of Omaha; his daughter Gail, son-in-law, Scott Zahn and granddaughter Jessica Zahn of Sioux Falls, SD.

Recommended for you