Sherwood, Schwartz to receive awards

Both to be honored at boys state basketball tournament Friday night

Two area school administrators will be honored Friday night during the 2018 Boys State Basketball Tournament.

Mike Sherwood, Webster City Schools superintendent, and Lyle Schwartz, former South Hamilton Schools superintendent, are among four school officials who will be honored with the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Administrator’s Award.

Sherwood, who is superintendent at Webster City, Northeast Hamilton and Stratford schools, graduated in 1973 from Alta High School. He was a three-sport athlete and was a member of the school’s 1972 title-winning basketball team. He earned his BA from Buena Vista University and went on to teach and coach at Scranton in 1977. He moved on to North Kossuth in 1981 and moved into administration after five more years of teaching and coaching. He served two years as the K-8 principal and athletic director. Sherwood was the high school principal and athletic director at Kingsley Pierson from 1988 to 2004. He’s been the superintendent at Webster City since 2004, adding the shared duties as superintendent at NEH in 2014 and Stratford in 2017.

Sherwood’s 41 total years as an administrator have included 21 years as a superintendent, but also served as a head coach in seven different sports – baseball, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, boys’ golf, girls’ golf, girls track, and football. He has also served as an executive board member for multiple statewide associations during his tenure. He was also a six-year member of the IHSAA’s representative council.

Sherwood will retire at the end of the current school year. He and wife, Judy, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

Lyle Schwartz was a four-sport athlete at Greenfield High School, where he graduated in 1973. He was a state wrestling qualifier and a state track and field champion in the discus. He attended Wartburg College and qualified for nationals in wrestling and track and field as well. He received his BS in 1977 and began his career as a high school math teacher in Belmond. He worked in sales from 1979 to 1982 and then went to work as a teacher in a remote Alaskan Eskimo village in the Benning Strait School District. It was there he taught a variety of K-12 courses, coached wrestling and eventually moved into administration. He briefly returned to Iowa, serving as an associate principal and activities director at Winterset from 1987 to 1989 before heading back to Alaska to work in different districts from 1989 to 1994.

He’s been back in Iowa since 1995, serving as principal in his hometown of Greenfield and Nodawy Valley. He was superintendent at several other Iowa schools including South Hamilton from 2005 to 2011.

Schwartz and his wife Diane retired in 2017 and moved to Story City. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

The awards will be presented Friday during the halftime of 6:30 p.m. 4A semifinal basketball game in Des Moines.

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