Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads received an outstanding honor on Friday night, and it came as a huge surprise.
The Ankeny, Iowa native was asked to speak at an Ankeny Alumni Association banquet to talk about how teachers at Ankeny High School influenced him and his life. After his presentation was over, in which he presented Ankeny H.S. students with scholarships, the real reason for his invitation to the banquet was revealed: His induction into the Ankeny Alumni Association Hall of Honor.
The ruse was set up by the Ankeny staff. They wanted Rhoads to be there without him knowing anything about the award he was about to receive. Initially, Rhoads declined the offer due to scheduling of his son’s (Wyatt) high school baseball schedule. With the help of Rhoads’ wife, Vickie, she was able to convince the Cyclone head man to make an appearance.
Needless to say, Rhoads was shocked and humbled to receive the honor.
“It is a very humbling experience to be elected into the Ankeny Hall of Honor and something I certainly wasn’t prepared for,” Rhoads said. “My experience as an Ankeny High School student helped shape the person I’ve become and provided a fantastic foundation to build upon. I couldn’t be more appreciative of this selection.”
For more information on the Ankeny Alumni Association Hall of Honor go to: http://www.ankenyalumni.org/pages.php?id=5