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2016 Ring of Honor Inductee J.C. Riekenberg

J.C. Riekenberg inducted into Ring of Honor

J.C. Riekenberg is a familiar name to many in Dodge City.  He became the athletic director at DCHS in 1971, serving as the leader of the DCHS Athletic Department for 28 years - before retiring in 1999. J.C., and his wife Dottie, reside in Dodge City and still frequently attend Red Demon events – often times to watch their grandkids participate for the scarlet and royal.
 

Before beginning his teaching and coaching career, J.C. played football at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  He became Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s first NAIA Football All-American in 1957 when he earned third team honors as a senior. The halfback from Fairmont (OK) graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 1958, and was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2001.  He earned his Master’s degree from Phillips University in 1966.  
           
His first coaching position was as Head Football Coach at Okeene High School (OK), followed by a move to Dalhart, Texas, in 1960 as an assistant. In 1964, Riekenberg became the Head Football Coach at Dodge City High School. During the next eight seasons, he guided the Red Demons to five league championships and a state title in 1970. He coached two undefeated teams during his tenure at Dodge City (1966 & 1970), along with guiding three of his teams to one-loss seasons. His final career record at Dodge City High School was [58-16-1].
                      
Riekenberg was widely respected by his peers. He served as president of the Kansas Coaches Association from 1974-75, and was selected as the state’s top athletic director by the KIAAA in 1977. That same year he was recognized as the National Athletic Director of the Year. He served on the KSHSAA Board of Directors from 1993-96, and was inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999.  Finally, in 2006 – he was inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame for outstanding service as a coach and athletic administrator.
 

“I am very humbled to be inducted into the DCHS Ring of Honor.  Dodge City has been a great place to work, live, and raise a family.  I am very proud of all this community has accomplished over the years and appreciate the opportunity to be a small part of those successes.”  - J.C. Riekenberg

 

J.C. Riekenberg is a familiar name to many in Dodge City.  He became the athletic director at DCHS in 1971, serving as the leader of the DCHS Athletic Department for 28 years - before retiring in 1999. J.C., and his wife Dottie, reside in Dodge City and still frequently attend Red Demon events – often times to watch their grandkids participate for the scarlet and royal.
 

Before beginning his teaching and coaching career, J.C. played football at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.  He became Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s first NAIA Football All-American in 1957 when he earned third team honors as a senior. The halfback from Fairmont (OK) graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in 1958, and was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2001.  He earned his Master’s degree from Phillips University in 1966.  
           
His first coaching position was as Head Football Coach at Okeene High School (OK), followed by a move to Dalhart, Texas, in 1960 as an assistant. In 1964, Riekenberg became the Head Football Coach at Dodge City High School. During the next eight seasons, he guided the Red Demons to five league championships and a state title in 1970. He coached two undefeated teams during his tenure at Dodge City (1966 & 1970), along with guiding three of his teams to one-loss seasons. His final career record at Dodge City High School was [58-16-1].
                      
Riekenberg was widely respected by his peers. He served as president of the Kansas Coaches Association from 1974-75, and was selected as the state’s top athletic director by the KIAAA in 1977. That same year he was recognized as the National Athletic Director of the Year. He served on the KSHSAA Board of Directors from 1993-96, and was inducted into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999.  Finally, in 2006 – he was inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame for outstanding service as a coach and athletic administrator.
 

“I am very humbled to be inducted into the DCHS Ring of Honor.  Dodge City has been a great place to work, live, and raise a family.  I am very proud of all this community has accomplished over the years and appreciate the opportunity to be a small part of those successes.”  - J.C. Riekenberg

 

Jay Gifford