Calmar native Troy Anderson began his new job as South Winneshiek Recreation Department (SWRD) director earlier this month.
“I’m very excited,” Anderson told Decorah Newspapers. “I want to continue what has been done up to this point with youth sports and I’d like to eventually add some other youth programs, adult programs and senior citizen programs.”
Formed in 2016, the SWRD is a partnership between the communities of Calmar, Ossian, Spillville, Castalia and Festina. Blake Moen was director until recently accepting a position at Northeast Iowa Community College.

South Winn grad
Anderson attended South Winneshiek Schools and graduated from South Winneshiek in 1995. After high school, he attended Waldorf College for two years and then the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where he received his bachelor's degree in leisure services.
After college, Anderson worked as the assistant director for Vinton Parks and Recreation followed by a position with the Coralville Parks and Recreation before moving to Wisconsin.
Anderson and his wife, Jackie, and children Addie, 12, and Braeden, 9, have lived in Southeastern Wisconsin for the past 11 years. Anderson has been working for Special Olympics Wisconsin organizing sports tournaments and competitions for approximately 1,100 Special Olympics athletes. He also worked as the recreation director for the village of Union Grove for the past four years.
Anderson said he and his family are grateful for the opportunity to return home to join the South Winneshiek community, to be closer to family and friends and to continue the success of the South Winneshiek Recreation Department.
Anderson’s parents, Kerwin and Marlys Anderson, live in West Union.

Well rounded
Anderson said after getting his feet wet, he’ll be excited to work with various members of the public and school coaches toward the goal of having a well-rounded recreation program.
Winter basketball programs have started and he said he soon would be gearing up toward spring and summer programming.
“I’ll be trying to talk to as many people as I can to see what people in the different communities would like to see – what is going well and what improvements could be made if needed,” he said.
Anderson said he’s interested in introducing children to sports at a young age.
“If we can get them in youth sports and work on fundamentals and skills it will help them in the future,” he said.
In addition to keeping people active, Anderson said rec programs are also good for people socially.
“They meet new friends,” he said.
Anderson said he’s looking forward to providing his own input into the SWRD, while listening to suggestions from the public.