After six years running the City High athletics department, D’Anne Kroemer has decided to move to a similar job closer to her home.
Kroemer will start as the associate principal in charge of activities at Pleasant Valley High School on July 1, City High principal John Bacon said.
“I’m happy for D’Anne,” Bacon said. “She is a tremendous athletic director. During her tenure here, our programs have thrived.
“This is best for her family. She had been staying up here during the week. This allows her to be at home. I understand and support that.”
Kroemer was 38 when she came to City High after five years as athletic director at Davenport Central. She took over for Larry Brown, who had been the A.D. the previous 11 years.
Kroemer could not be reached for comment Saturday.
The first female A.D. at City High, Kroemer leaves behind a strong legacy. Kroemer was voted Iowa Athletic Director of the Year during her time at City High.
She hired several key coaches and also had an “integral leadership role,” Bacon said, with the “Stand Up For City High” campaign that helped renovate the home side of Bates Field and helped put a new practice turf in this fall for multiple sports and activities to use.
“That was a huge project,” Bacon said. “And she helped make the Mercer Park baseball stadium a great venue.”
Bacon said the search would begin immediately for a new athletic director. There is time, however, because Kroemer will be working at City High through most of the baseball and softball seasons.
“I’m optimistic we’ll have outstanding candidates,” Bacon said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make a great hire and make sure our athletic program is in great hands going forward.”
Kroemer was picked from a deep group of about 40 applicants in 2007.
A native of Marshalltown, Kroemer was a golfer at Truman State University (then Northeast Missouri State University) in the late ’80s. She coached golf at New Mexico and then Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. She was an eighth-grade science teacher and athletic director in Davenport before taking the job at Davenport Central.
“She leaves big shoes to fill,” Bacon said. “She put a tremendous coaching staff in place and spent time making sure everyone’s needs were met.”
Last summer, Kroemer lured Mid-Prairie boys basketball coach Don Showalter to the big city.
“She was very thorough,” Showalter said. “She hired people and let coaches do their jobs. She never interfered. That’s what you like to have as a coach. Obviously we’re going to miss her, but City High is a position where you’re going to attract some good applicants.”
Dan Sabers, the Little Hawk football coach, said Kroemer gave coaches what they needed to succeed.
“I always felt her support at all times,” Sabers said. “She’s had a good run here, no question about that. We’ve got a void to fill.”
That was echoed by Bacon, “We’ve got big shoes to fill.”