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Grand Rapids Christian Middle School’s Kevin Broene Honored by State Athletic Directors as Regional Athletic Director of the Year.

Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Kevin Broene of Grand Rapids Christian Middle School as regional Athletic Director of the Year.  Broene was selected from a unique region as he is in a group of Middle School Athletic Directors from across the state, which is not limited to geographic region. One of only fourteen administrators state wide to be honored by the MIAAA, Broene will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2018 at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.

Broene has been working within interscholastic athletics since 2005 and assumed his position at Grand Rapids Christian Middle School in 2015 while serving as Assistant AD at Grand Rapids Christian High School since 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Calvin College and master’s degree in educational leadership from Governor’s State University in Illinois.   Broene has also earned the designation of Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) from the National Interscholastic Administrators Association, which requires the completion of four classes. Working with students, Broene directs the Eagle Nation Student Group, which is a student leadership group for school spirit and event promotion and he was instrumental in helping to create student recognition events such as Academic All-State Recognition Night, College Signing Day, and 3-Sport Athlete recognition lunches to encourage the benefits of multi-sport participation. He has created a Grit Leadership training program for coaches in the program to learn how to address student needs, and has modernized the athletic programs using digital resources to better serve athletes and their families. In addition, he strongly advocates and secures funding to dramatically improve athletic experiences for middle school athletes in the shape of equipment and facilities improvements including, but not limited to, batting cage installation at the middle school gym, having to baseball fields regraded, providing new uniforms for more than 30 of the 58 athletic teams at the middle school in the past three years. Additional improvements Broene has made to programming include starting the middle school boys and girls golf program this past fall, as well as establishing middle school wrestling and competitive cheer programs for student athletes.

Other athletic directors in the area appreciate the professionalism that is modeled by Mr. Broene. “His standards for organization, attention to detail and follow-through on all aspects of the job are second to none,” said Jason Heerema, Grand Rapids Christian High School AD. He added, “He believes that being trained and prepared is a huge key towards everyone having the best possible experience in athletics, which has helped my professional growth in this area as well.”

Conrad Cuncannan, Grand Rapids Area Catholic Elementary Athletic Council Athletic Director, stated that Broene “wants to create the best learning environment possible for his students, which includes athletics and its role in education.” He also quipped, “While many ADs will come to me with problems, Kevin is different. When he does come to me with problems, he typically provides me with a list of possible solutions to those problems.” Lastly, he noted, “Kevin has been, is, and will continue to be a blessing for GRCMS and GRACEAC. We are lucky to have him.”

The MIAAA is a 52-year old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior high/middle schools in Michigan.  As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role and profession of athletic director.  The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Kevin Broene – a man whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.