It feels good to be home for Roosevelt High School’s new activities administrator, Kelley Hood.
The Belmond native is returning to Iowa following a stint as activities director at Millard North High School in Omaha for five years. Prior to that, Hood worked in Neenah, Wis., for six years.
“We just kind of had the feeling that it was time to come home,” says Hood, who lives in Adel with his wife, Colleen. Their daughter, Kristen, is married and lives in a suburb of Las Vegas.
Before moving to Wisconsin, Hood was the activities director for the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community School District for 11 years. Hood and his wife chose to move back to Adel because of the many good friends they have there, he says.
In his role at Roosevelt, Hood will oversee and manage athletic, extracurricular and co-curricular activities. One of his goals this year is to focus on improving the facilities, including possibly putting in artificial turf on the practice field on the east side of the school, he says. Making the upgrade would benefit many students, including athletes, those in marching band and students using the field for physical education.
While Roosevelt’s activities program has had great leadership over the years, Hood, who has more than 20 years of experience as a high school activities director, says he hopes to bring a different perspective. Another one of his goals is to help new and veteran coaches and directors try to find different ways to do things which may be more economical or easier.
The biggest challenge he foresees is working with the school’s budgets and trying to ensure that students have those opportunities to participate in the activities they are interested in. One funding source Hood has recently begun taking a closer look at are grants.
Hood, who attended Northwestern College in Orange City, taught high school English for many years and coached a variety of sports before moving into administration. The opportunity to organize and run activity programs sounded fun, says Hood, who has a master’s in both athletic administration and educational administration.
He’s looking forward to working at Roosevelt, and is excited to be back in familiar territory.
“It’s just so much more comfortable to be back in the area, to know folks and know where everything is,” he says.