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Don Korte

Don Korte has been a Track and Cross Country official for 40 years. He began his track career as an athlete at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington. After high school Don went to Illinois State University where he lettered in both football and track. After graduating from ISU in 1963, Don taught math and physical education at Parkside Jr. High School in Roselle where he started a track program. He then moved to Park Forest where he taught match and coached football and track at Rich East High School. When Rich South High School opened in 1972, Don was employed as the Dean of Students. Don retired from education in 1994. 

Don has been the Referee or Starter at both Boys and Girls Sectional Meets for the past 25 years. He has also been a Starter for Cross Country Regional and Sectional Meets. In 2006, Don was the Class A Starter at the Girl's State Track Meet. In 2007, he served as the Field Referee at the Girl's State Meet and in 2008 he was the AA Starter at the Boy's State Meet. At the 2008 State Cross Country Meet, Don was the AA Starter. For the past 15 years, Don has served on the Clerks Staff at both the Boys and Girls State Track Meets and also been an Umpire at the State Cross Country Meet.

In 2003, Don was recognized for his dedication to officiating with and award from the Illinois Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. The NFHS Officials Association selected Don as the 2009 Boys Track and Field Official of the Year for Illinois. This year the IHSA presented Don with an Award for 40 Years of Service in Officiating. He has served as the ITCCOA Section 3N Leader since 2006 and has been active in recruiting new officials in both Track and Cross Country.