2009-12-01 / Sports

Iron Cloud hired as new Crazy Horse athletic director

IWANBLEE – After 15 years working in elementary education, Paul John Iron Cloud has moved up to high school, taking the vacant athletic director position at Crazy Horse high school in Wanblee. He started Monday, November 30.

“Today, we had a meeting with all of the girls and boys playing basketball, it was really positive,” said Iron Cloud who has been the AD at Porcupine School for the past 13 years, “the students were excited, they were positive but they also had a lot of questions and wanted to know what I could do for them – this new position will be a real challenge, how do you bring some stability to the program, some consistency, build a program from the elementary grades all the way through high school?”

Iron Cloud has been helping to develop younger game officials over the past year working with Mary Tobacco in the Big Foot Conference Officials Project with the SDHSAA. He is a certified officialnow and also is certified as a coach as well. Paul John has worked with Shane Warwick to help develop young athletes on Pine Ridge Reservation. He also worked as an assistant coach under Dusty LeBeaux, coached at Red Cloud and has years of experience working with youth.

“We need to build confidence in the school again and help to return many Wanblee students who attend school in Kadoka or Kyle,” said Iron Cloud, “Jesse Johnson, a Dakota State graduate is set to coach the boys at Crazy Horse this year while a past CHS graduate, Valene Pretends Eagle is coaching the girls.”

Iron Cloud has his hands full as he will be AD for the middle school as well. We need to get this program back on its feet, help to make it successful and be there to support student athletes at Crazy Horse, he adds.

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