Geary to Receive Prestigious Award

Good Shepherd Award Coming to Guidance Director
Posted on 05/21/2022
Bob Geary,  Director of Guidance, learned at Heelan's recent senior honors assembly that he will receive the Good Shepherd Award from the Diocese of Sioux City at the fall Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools.

Nomination letters came from co-workers, students, parents and staff members.

Bob has made a lifelong impact on students at Bishop Heelan High School since he joined the staff over 20 years ago. He has served as Athletic Director, Director of Guidance and an Assistant Basketball Coach for numerous teams, including the Heelan’s three consecutive Boys State Basketball Championship teams in 2009-2011. 

While he retired from coaching several years ago, he continues to support Heelan boys and girls athletics today as Heelan’s No. 1 voice for basketball games on KFHC Catholic Radio. He has broadcast hundreds of games, spending countless hours preparing for and producing broadcasts and traveling to out of town games.

“I worked with Bob as an assistant coach under Doug Moody for two years and the Heelan head boys’ basketball coach for 14,” says Tom Betz, now vice president of advancemen. “Bob was with me every step of the way. I would not have been able to navigate those early years as a head coach without a mentor like Bob Geary. We were able to enjoy an historic amount of success on the court. So much credit goes to Bob. He was always a calming presence. He is in every aspect of life.

“In addition to coaching at Heelan. Bob was also instrumental in developing youth athletics through our Sader athletic programs," Betz added. "Bob coached many, many young men in football and basketball. He is credited by many parents as one of the chief influences in their children’s lives to this day.”

Geary's most dramatic impact is as Heelan’s Guidance Director, helping students prepare for college and apply for scholarships for both Heelan and college.

His Heelan Guidance office co-workers Marla Pluim, Deb Rosauer and Allie Mousel added to the nomination.

"Bob truly has the heart of a shepherd looking after the Heelan ‘sheep’ with compassion and guides them with great wisdom" his co-workers said. "Going above and beyond what is asked of him each and every day, he has a heart of gold and genuinely cares about the students. Well loved by parents, students and staff alike, he is also a creative problem-solver and a talented letter writer. The Heelan community is so fortunate to have had his leadership."

Former long time art teacher Laurie Dougherty, now enrollment director said Geary shows leadership by example.

“Bob also coordinates Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students, as well as 504 accommodations, “she said. ”In many cases, Bob is in charge of school announcements and other community outreach and event planning efforts. To coordinate and manage these efforts and activities requires strong leadership and organizational skills. 
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