Nies named 4A AD of the year |

Nies named 4A AD of the year

FARMER’S KORNER – For the third year in a row, Summit High School athletic director Gretchen Nies was nominated as Class 4A Athletic Director of the Year. This year, she finally won it.

The award is given by the Colorado Athletic Directors Association (CADA), which will have a conference in Breckenridge April 27-29, when Nies will accept the award.

“It’s an extreme honor for me,” she said. “It means a tremendous amount coming from your peers.”

Jefferson County district athletic director Chris Bullard and D’Evelyn AD Kevin Land, formerly of Columbine, nominated Nies for the award. Nies has been friends with Bullard and Land for years and works with them more now that the Tigers have moved into the 4A Jeffco League.

Nies was recognized (to her surprise) at SHS last month when the school got together to honor the state championship ski team. Assistant principal Peggy Kastberg made the announcement.

“I was embarrassed,” Nies said. “It was a nice surprise, and the kids responded well. They have congratulated me since then, and that means a tremendous amount, that the kids acknowledge it and just say thanks for what I do.”

Nies is in her eighth year as SHS athletic director. She spent seven years in the 1980s as a coach for the Tigers and six more years in the 1990s, leading the volleyball, basketball and track teams at various times.

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