Kinseth will be AAD at Centennial

ANKENY – Outgoing Fort Dodge Senior High athletic and activities director Tom Kinseth has verbally committed to fill the same position at the new Ankeny Centennial High School, pending board approval later this month.

Kinseth, 56, announced his retirement from FDSH in February, ending a 33-year relationship with the Fort Dodge Community School District as a teacher, coach and athletic/activities director. His last day on the job will be June 30, which concludes an 11-year tenure as Senior High’s AAD.

Dodger baseball coach Matt Elsbecker will be Kinseth’s successor.

Centennial High is opening at the start of the 2013-14 school year. It will welcome students in grades 9-12 who live on the north side of the Des Moines suburb.

Ankeny’s current enrollment for grades 9-11 is 1,744 students, which makes it the second largest high school in the state behind West Des Moines Valley (2,147). The decision to split into two schools came in a 2007 vote.

Kinseth is a graduate of Algona High School, Buena Vista College and Drake University. He was the head girls basketball and boys golf coach at FDSH for 11 and eight seasons, respectively, and also served as the Phillips Middle School athletic director from 1994 until 2001.