MANHATTAN — McPherson High’s Shane Backhus was named Kansas Athletic Director of the Year on Saturday during the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ annual banquet.
Backhus already had been named as a District Athletic Director of the Year, which made him eligible for the state award.
Backhus has been the McPherson High AD for the past 11 years. Prior to coming to McPherson he had been the AD at Haysville Middle School for 3 years.
He is a 1995 graduate of Hope High School and a 1999 graduate of Kansas State. He received his Masters in 2004 from Wichita State.
The KIAAA also recognized McPherson’s Steve Sell as its Sports Writer of the Year.