Coach Marty Thomae honored with Golden Plaque of Distinction

Coach Marty Thomae was honored with the The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Golden Plaque of Distinction Award at a presentation, Thursday, April 15, in Van Horne. He is shown with Jason Eslinger of the IGHSAU.

Benton’s Marty Thomae 2020 is the recipient of IGHSAU Track & Field Golden Plaque Award.

He was honored at a presentation Thursday, April 15, at the Bobcat Co-ed meet, Van Horne.

The following is the script for the presentation.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession. 

The 2020 Track & Field recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award is Benton Community coach Marty Thomae. 

Thomae has been track and field coach at Benton Community for 25 seasons and has led the boys and girls cross country teams for 32 years. His girls track and field teams won back-to-back state track and field championships in 2007 and 08 along with a Class 2A co-championship in 1997. Thomae guided Benton to three-straight state cross country girls championships at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 state meets. He has coached 12 individuals and eight relay teams to state championships.

The NFHS honored Thomae as a finalist for National Coach of the Year in cross country in 2010 and in girls track and field in 2015. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association also tabbed him as a finalist for its national coach of the year in cross country in 2017. He has been honored as the Iowa coach of the year in track and field twice and cross country three times.

Coach Thomae served as the president of the Iowa Association of Track Coaches from 2013-15. Thomae and his wife, Jan, are the parents to five children.

In addition to Thursday’s recognition, Coach Thomae will also receive the Award at this year’s State Track and Field Meet on Saturday, May 22.

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