By BRETT MARSHALL
When coaches and administrators attend high school sports events or other school activities, one key measure of success is how well organized those events are.
Nobody takes that to heart more than Kim Lohman, athletic/activities director at Lakin High School for the past eight years.
In recognition of her service in that position, Lohman was honored by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association with its 2010 Congressional District 1 Athletic Director of the Year Award.
"My first feeling when I was called, was shock," Lohman said. "Then, I was just so honored and flattered. I would never have expected anything like this and it's just so nice."
Lohman was nominated by three of her area colleagues — Marty Lehman of Syracuse, Glenn McFall of Meade and David Ediger of Cimarron. She received her award at the KIAAA annual conference in Hutchinson on March 27. While Lohman, a graduate of nearby Kendall High School, has been in education for 28 years, she has been in her current position for the past eight years, the first three in which she shared duties with Larry Dasenbrock. She has had sole responsibility for the last five years. She handles both high school and middle school athletics and activities.
"Organization, with a capital O, is the key to being successful at this position," Lohman said. "You've got to be organized, you've got to have people who are willing to help out and you've got to be thick-skinned, too. You can't take everything that everybody says to heart when they are critical of the school, a coach, an athlete or of you personally."
Lohman finds herself attending activities most days of the five-day school week except Wednesdays, which generally do not have school functions scheduled. The only exception, though, is Hi-Plains League music or speech festivals.
"There's not many days that we don't have something going on," Lohman said. "But that's what is enjoyable about the job. Watching kids perform and be successful at what they do. When I shared duties with Larry, we used to give each other a high-five if everything ran off well and the kids had a good time. Our favorite saying was 'It's a great day to be a Bronc.' But every day is a great day to be a Bronc for us."
Lohman participated in volleyball, basketball and track and she competed in the first state basketball tournament and track meet sponsored by the Kansas State High School Activities Association in 1972.
Lohman attended Fort Hays State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in business education and also was a member of the FHSU women's basketball team when Title IX had just been implemented. She was the first four-year letter winner for the FHSU women's program.
Her first teaching position was at Hugoton and she then taught at Miltonvale High School where she coached softball, basketball, volleyball and track at the middle school level and assisted with basketball and track at the high school level. She has now been in the Lakin school district for 25 years where she started as the secretary to the superintendent (four years) and then was clerk of the board of education (seven years).
Lohman is now in her 14th year of teaching at LHS. She has coached basketball at Lakin Middle School in previous years. She teaches business, serves as the district board treasurer, secretary/treasurer for the Hi-Plains League, treasurer for the Bronc Backers booster club and was recently elected treasurer for KIAAA.
The award's recipient is chosen by a panel of KIAAA past-presidents.
"There's a lot of people who helped make this possible and I just want to thank everyone for all the help they've been to me through the years," Lohman said.