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McDermott voted top 15 for U.S. Cellular’s Most Valuable Coach

October 12, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

North Tama football coach Tom McDermott has been voted as one of 15 coaches nationwide as a U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach, a contest that honors coaches that make an impact in their community and will award North Tama CSD a $5,000 grant for their school district.

Whannel's Cellular brought the Most Valuable Coach promotion to light in September, asking for residents to vote for McDermott this year. In previous years, the business has nominated other area coaches, including John Olsen from Gladbrook-Reinbeck last year.

"This a neat oppurtunity and I very much appreciate the support for not only me, but for our football program," McDermott said. "It's great to see so many people go out of their way to support us and have voted to help our school."

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McDermott previously was the head coach of the Redhawks from 1973 to 1987, posting an 87-48 record in that time. He would later become principal of North Tama High School and Superintendent from 1998 to 2008, later retiring and coaching football as an assistant for the 2008 State Runner-up and 2010 State Champion teams. In 2006, McDermott was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Iowa Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the same organization's Hall of Fame in 2017 during halftime of the Class 3A State Championship game.

"This is a huge honor, and Coach McDermott is beyond deserving of the recognition," Andrew Meister, 7-12 Principal and Athletic Director said. "The impact he has had on the lives of the young men he coaches now and has coached in the past is beyond measure and it extends beyond the football team to the school and community."

Voting for the top 50 down to the top 15 ended on October 8 and anyone could vote once a day. Each coach selected for the top 15 receive a $5,000 grant for their school district. The school and McDermott will sit down in the coming days to discuss how best to use these funds. A special recognition will be presented to Coach McDermott at a later date. Check back with The Traer Star-Clipper for more an announcement.

"I've enjoyed coaching because getting the best out of athletes-motivating and pushing them-is a rewarding challenge," McDermott said. "It's about getting individuals to be a team and to do their best for that team as prepare them for the season and hitting the goals we've set. I feel proud in the fact that former players look back to their football careers here and they enjoyed their time."

The top 3 is the next step and voting will begin on October 11. The three winners will be announced November 20, with third place receiving $10,000, second place $20,000 and the the Most Valuable Coach receiving $50,000 for the school. In years past, the top 15 are featured in a video campaign by U.S. Cellular, with the videos being shown during the top 15 voting process. To vote for Most Valuable Coach again beginning on October 11, head over to to vote once every day per email address.



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