Clint Stille Relays This AfternoonE’Hawk Relays re-named for former coach, athletic director
The Emmetsburg Community School District will once again host area track and field athletes this afternoon and evening, April 22, in the annual E’Hawk Relays – but with a notable exception.
Tonight’s relays will formally be re-named as the Clint Still Relays during ceremonies that will feature the family of the former E’Hawk coach and long-time athletic director.
“Clint Stille was a lifelong champion of young people and supporter of his community,” noted Emmetsburg Athletic Director Jerry Strand. “clint was an athlete, a teach, sportsman and coach, best known for his dynamic athletic programs at Emmetsburg.”
After Stille died in March of 2007, district officials decided to re-name the annual E’Hawk Relays in his memory, but inclement weather postponed the change until this year. To officially make the change of identity, Stille’s widow Jeanne and children, Lory Sutton and her husband Richard and Bruce Stille and his wife Corrine, will be present for the renaming ceremonies.
In another tradition of the relays, the Honorary Referee for the 2008 Clint Stille Relays has also been announced by officials.
“Tom Steen has been selected as the Honorary Referee for 2008,” noted Strand. “A supporter of his community, Tom Steen is best known for his continuance of the quality of E’Hawk athletics during his tenure as a teacher and coach in the Emmetsburg Community School District.”
Steen joined the Emmetsburg Community Schools in 1985 and served 19 years as the E’Hawk Boys Track coach, 17 years as assistant football coach and three years as the Head Coach of the E’Hawk football program. Since his retirement in 2005, Steen has continued to help with the operations of the E’Hawk Relays over the years.
The recipient of many honors in his career, Steen is a member of the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Northwest Iowa Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.
Currently, Steen is the linebackers coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. Tom and his wife Jana are parents of two children: Tricia and her husband Noah Smith and grand-daughter Ella of Des Moines and Grant and his wife Rebekah of Phoenix, AZ.
“The Emmetsburg Community Schools are pleased to re-name the E’Hawk Relays as the Clint Stille Relays, and are pleased to honor Tom Steen as the Honorary Referee for the inaugural event,” noted Jerry Strand.
Field event competition will begin at 5:00 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Emmetsburg High School athletic fields with running events slated to begin at 5:15 p.m.