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November 16, 2018 Hostetler, Fleming earn coach of the year honors from IATC
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Both of the Mid-Prairie cross country coaches earned postseason honors from the Iowa Association of Track Coaches after capping off a title season for the girls team and a strong boys season.

Mark Hostetler was named the Class 2A girls coach of the year after guiding the team to another state championship. It was the third straight year of Hostetler being honored by the IATC as he won the girls coach of the year award in 2017 and the boys coach of the year award in 2016.

“The thing that makes Mark a great coach is that Mark loves people,” Mid-Prairie assistant Aaron Fleming said.

He said that means studying the sport intently and doing what is best for all of the athletes.

“Everyone wants to be around someone that loves them. So kids want to work hard for him and want to give their best because they know he’s giving their best for them,” Fleming said.

Fleming was honored as the high school boys assistant coach of the year for all classes, and said it was really satisfying to be honored by his peers.

“It’s always fun to receive recognition from your peers. That’s what I really appreciate about this award,” he said.

This year marked Fleming’s 14th season coaching alongside Hostetler. However he got his start with Hostetler long before he started coaching, as Hostetler was his high school coach at Iowa Mennonite.

Fleming said the dynamic between him and Hostetler helps the two become better coaches as they may see a different angle or look at different perspectives for training. He said over the years the advancement in running science has helped them improve their coaching.

“We go back-and-forth on things and I think we’ve both grown in our understanding of the physiological part of coaching,” he said.

Fleming was nominated for his work in taking a largely inexperienced team and nearly pushing them to a state meet bid. The boys team returned just two of their seven varsity runners from a 2017 runner-up campaign, but ended the season pushing a pair of top 10 teams to a close finish at the district meet.

The most important part of both awards though, Fleming said, is the willingness of the athletes to put in the miles.

“This seems obvious, but no coach ever wins an award without being surrounded by kids who are willing to put in a lot of time and effort,” he said.

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