Keith Stribe listens during a timeout at a Carroll High girls basketball in 2009.
Keith Stribe listens during a timeout at a Carroll High girls basketball in 2009.

May 18, 2018

After 28 years of building relationships with coaches, students, administrators, staff and anyone else he could, Keith Stribe felt one thing — thankful.

Of Stribe’s 40 years in education, 28 of them have been in the Carroll Community School District, where he said he has built strong relationships he believes will last even after he is gone. He’ll retire at the end of this school year.

Stribe moved to Carroll in 1990 with his wife, Mary Jane, and three kids: Nolan, Sara and Landon.

He began working as a part-time athletic director at Carroll Middle School while teaching fourth-through-sixth-grade physical education. In 2004, he accepted the position of full-time athletic director at Carroll High School.

From the beginning, Stribe enjoyed all sports, he said. This job gave him the opportunity to be involved with them and develop close relationships with the teams and coaches.

“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “The position is about relationships. I developed so many friendships and great relationships with people. I started listening to groups of people — you know, you have your students, your athletes, your parents, the coaches you work with on a daily basis, the administrators, the school personnel, booster club members, your opponents, media — there’s a ton of people you spend a lot of time with. You really become close friends with a lot of people.”

Originally from Manning, Stribe went on to Buena Vista University, where he obtained a degree in education in 1978.

After that, he taught at different small-town schools in Iowa and coached basketball, softball and football — something he said he always loved doing.

In 1990, Stribe became the freshman boys basketball coach at Carroll, then went on to take over the varsity team in 1992.

Stribe said Carroll became a dominant basketball team — winning consistently.

Under Stribe, Carroll advanced to State Tournaments three seasons — 1995-96, 1996-97 and 2004-05, when they finished in third place. Stribe took the team to seven Raccoon River Conference championships, and overall he finished with a 253-80 mark, winning 75 percent of the games he coached.

“I guess that was one of my goals as a coach, was to be consistent,” he said. “It’s one thing to be there at the top one or two years, but we were consistent for 10 years in a row. Class 3A was a very competitive class, so it was fun coaching at a Class 3A school.”

After retiring, he said, he will make time to be a grandpa — and maybe do a little bit more fishing.

Through the years, basketball was always special to Stribe, but what he will miss most are the friendships he’s built, he said.

“There’s a lot of people over the years that you get really close to,” Stribe said.

Every day, he found satisfaction in the success of the sports teams at Carroll High School. When they did well, he felt accomplishment in his work.

You get fulfilled by just your athletic teams doing well and coaches feeling good about what they’re doing,” he said. “You take a lot of pride in everybody’s successes and everybody’s seasons.”