IDTA Coach of the Year

Nomination and consideration criteria  for Coach of the Year include:

- Goal setting and achievement

- Demonstration of team improvement

- Demonstrated effort to improve coaching skills

- Demonstrated positive community contributions

- Overall impact overall on the team

Jennifer Duesterhaus

The 2020 IDTA Coach of the Year recipient was selected from nominations that were submitted by team members, parents, family members and fellow coaches. IDTA received over 100 nominations for the 2020 Coach of the Year award. 

The 2020 Coach of the Year is Jennifer Duesterhaus of Quincy Notre Dame High School.


This year’s Coach of the Year has coached for 10 years and has won one 2nd place finish in IDTA, and 9 straight IDTA State Championships in the single A Pom category.  This coach also currently serves on the IDTA Board as a Regional Representative.


Some words from her nominators:


“This coach begins her season by working with the girls to come up with an idea for their pom theme. From there, she works on the costume, color of poms needed, music, and choreography. She lets the seniors be instrumental in building the routine so that all the girls buy into it.  In addition, she always lets each team member determine what they want to get out of their time on the team.”


“The team and coach also spend countless hours doing service projects in the community. Each student has to do 10 service hours a year. The girls on the team always surpass those 10 hours. The team volunteers their time at fundraisers for the grade schools and church events, and they hold two kiddie camps a year to show their positive influence on the younger children that want to follow in their footsteps. The team also participates in the town’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s and volunteer at their Bridge the Gap charity run.  This coach is present all of these events.”


A current team member, in her nomination, stated: “This coach deserves to be named Coach of the Year this season because she continually balances work, practice, and a family. Although she has a child at home, you will see her at every 6:30 am practice. She challenges her team to be the best they can be every single day.”


An alumni of the team stated: “During her time on the team, this coach quickly became a role model for her, someone she could go to for advice or even just a listening ear. The coach adopts each member of the team as her own and treats them as such, even long after their time on the team has expired.  This coach has been a constant in her life, checking in on her and even making time to catch up when she comes home from college.”


Our coach of the year was also nominated by her former coach, who was her coach all four of her high school years.  The nominator said:  “While this coach was on the squad, she was extremely hardworking and dedicated.  She always went above and beyond in her leadership.   She considers her a great friend and is very proud of her for all her accomplishments.”


“Our 2020 Coach of the Year is deserving of this recognition for the effort she puts in. It is evident that this coach cares deeply about her team and their success as a whole, but also cares for individuals just the same.  All of the girls’ lives she has touched are better because she was a part of them.”

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