DES MOINES — It’s been a hectic couple of days for former Northeast Coach Kevin Enwright, but it ended with him joining the 49th class of the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame at the 2018 induction ceremonies.
“This is a very humbling experience,” Enwright said. “An experience that isn’t just about me. It’s about the players who were dedicated to the game — not only the game itself but also who they became in their lives that followed.
“It’s about what they took away from the game.”
Enwright coached the Rebels for 21 seasons, amassing a record of 307-159. That included five trips to the state tournament.
“It’s an honor bestowed upon the dads and moms who started their kids playing the game at a very young age and the parents who spent countless hours at the scoring table,” Enwright said. “It really does take a lot of supportive people and the backing of the school administration to reach this pinnacle of success.”
Enwright’s teams lost to the eventual state champion or state runner-up three times. Not only did he accumulate the stats, but he made a lasting impression on his players as well.
One of Enwright’s favorite moments was receiving a note from one of his former players, who also coaches now. The note said “There isn’t a day during our practices that I don’t think of you coach”. Almost a decade from his last season at Northeast, it still hits home.
“What a compliment,” Enwright said. “Especially when guys in their forties and fifties still call you ‘coach’. You must have down something right.”
And he’s grateful for the support he saw from his family during those 21 seasons.
“I especially want to thank my family for allowing me to spend so many hours away from home,” Enwright said. “I really thought that our kids thought that going to a team camp was our summer vacation. Believe me, they thought we took an awful lot of vacations.”
Enwright expressed his sincere gratitude for the experience, joining a Hall of Fame that spans across 100 years of Iowa competition and includes 241 players, 160 coaches and 144 schools.
“I am honored to be part of such a great group of people,” Enwright said.
Enwright and the rest of the 2018 class were honored at Championship Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.