New Activities Director Huegel officially begins tenure at Marshalltown

New Marshalltown Activities Director Craig Huegel officially took the reins of his new position Monday.

And nothing he has done on the job has been as challenging as getting his stuff moved to town.

The transition from Martensdale-St. Marys to Marshalltown has its challenges no doubt. But selling his house in Ankeny and getting his personal belongings into his new house in Marshalltown has been by far the biggest challenge so far.

“We finally sold the house we were living in and should be ready to start transferring things over to the new house later this month,” said Huegel. “I hope to get the entire family and our things in by July 26.”

For now, Huegel plans to commute back and forth. He spent last week at the athletics office going through the transition with outgoing AD Tim Bell.

“Things have gone well so far,” Huegel said. “Coach Bell has been gracious in helping me transition into the new position.”

Huegel has been busy already. The athletic department has gone through an overhaul with several head coaching positions and Huegel has played a role – along with Bell and Marshalltown High School Principal Aiddy Phomvisay – in finding replacements.

He helped the school with the hiring of new football coach Aaron Shipley. He played a part in deciding on Stacy O’Hare for the girls basketball job and he also helped in the hiring process of new boys cross country coach Chad Pietig, who takes over for Bell in that role.

There is still work to be done.

Long-time baseball coach Steve Hanson is set to retire following this season and softball coach Jeff Lamb was just offered and accepted the head coaching position at Clarke University in Dubuque.

Along with a few head coaching positions, Huegel said he also has to finalize his coaching staffs by hiring assistants, including football and girls basketball.

“One of the first things I want to do is finalize my coaching staffs and honor some of our long-time coaches and workers like Steve Hanson, Tim Bell and Bev Ingledue,” Huegel said. “I also want to move forward with a strength and conditioning program.”

Shipley was promoted to football coach after serving as the defensive line coach under Dave Holdiman. O’Hare also was on the girl’s basketball staff last year under Tim Johnson and Chad Pietig is the girl’s track and field coach and has been working with the junior high cross country teams for several years.

“What that shows me is that Marshalltown already hired some really good coaches at all levels,” Huegel said. “That is something I want to do as well. I think when you hire assistant coaches, those coaches need to be qualified enough to some day be the head coach.

“I enjoyed being part of the decision making process with the new coaches. We had a lot of good candidates for those positions and we had a lot of good discussions as well.”

Huegel also is excited to be involved with the renovation of the Roundhouse.

He said he had a meeting about the project during his first day on the job and a fund-raising event is being held during the first home football game this season.

“When you walk into the Roundhouse, it takes your breath away,” said Huegel, who added that bids for the project came back higher than originally expected. “But it is definitely in need of a make-over. The needs of the district have changed, too.”

The Bobcats’ newest decision maker helped honor Ingledue at the baseball and softball games Monday when Marshalltown took on Ames.

Huegel also took in a soccer match, an early season track meet and a few other baseball and softball games before he even officially took over the position.