TOPEKA — The Kansas State High School Activities Association is pleased to honor Dwight Goering, retired activities director at Moundridge High School, with its third annual “NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service.”
Goering’s contributions to Kansas schools, students and the KSHSAA during his career as a teacher, coach and administrator are numerous.
He began his teaching and coaching career at Buhler Junior High School in January of 1973. After a year teaching and coaching at Grinnell High School, Goering joined the staff at Moundridge High School to teach history, government and economics. His duties as a coach at Moundridge included the head boys basketball position for 11 years, as well as serving as an assistant football coach. He then transitioned to the Athletic Director position where he served for the next 20 years.
While serving in these positions and not shying away from responsibilities both at home and on the state level, Goering began his battle with multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed during the 1983-84 basketball season, he was determined to not let it slow him down, missing only one game. In 1984 Goering was awarded the Don Jones Memorial Coaches Courage Award by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association.
As an Athletic Director, Goering joined the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and earned Certified Athletic Administrator (C.A.A.) certification. In 2006 he was named the KIAAA Athletic Director of the Year and the District I A.D. of the Year. Goering also served on the KIAAA Board of Directors for several years.
After 37 1/2 years in education, 34 at Moundridge, Goering retired in May of 2010. He was then elected to the Moundridge Board of Education in 2011 and re-elected in 2015 for a second four-year term.
Throughout his entire career, Goering has been active in his church and community, serving in numerous roles to help those of all ages, from the very young to senior citizens. Being a busy teacher, coach and athletic director never kept him from teaching secondary school, visiting nursing homes or successfully completing two marathon races. He is an inspiration and positive example to all who know him and Kansas is a better place for his service as a dedicated educator.
The KSHSAA will honor Goering with its NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Moundridge High School, between the girls and boys basketball games, at approximately 7 p.m.