Almstedt earns prestigious administrator award

Richard Almstedt is no stranger to earning recognition for his hard work; first as a retired NBA player to now department chair of the Kinesiology and Dance department at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

Almstedt recently earned the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) Administrator of the Year Award. He will receive his certificate at the 88th annual TAHPERD Convention in December.

“I was extremely honored to be nominated for this award. The nomination was made by Marty Urand, an adjunct faculty member who also adjuncts at other colleges including University of Houston and Houston Baptist University,” he said. “For him to nominate me and state that I was the best department chair he has ever worked for was very humbling.”

This year’s award is filled with many “firsts”. This was Almstedt’s first year to be nominated and this was the first year that the recipient was a community college administrator. The Administrator of the Year Award recognizes outstanding educational professionals in 2011 in the fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance. This award is considered prestigious among TAHPERD members and it was given based on a committee consisting of five university professors, one community college professor and four public school teachers and administrators.

“I believe that receiving this award shows the tremendous support that I have received as the department chair for Kinesiology and Dance from LSC-Kingwood’s administration team, the Arts and Humanities support staff and from the Kinesiology and Dance faculty that are second to none,” Almstedt said. “Earning an award of this nature as a community college administrator shows that my colleagues around the state recognize the importance of contributions made by community colleges, Lone Star College System and in particular, LSC-Kingwood.”

Almstedt is starting his 36th year at LSCS with his first 17 years at LSC-North Harris. In 1992, he came to LSC-Kingwood as a Kinesiology professor. Prior to becoming department chair, he served as the Intramural and Recreational sports director, director of Sports Camps and Leagues, lead teacher, and program coordinator. In his current role, Almstedt is responsible for hiring and supervising adjunct faculty, developing the Kinesiology and Dance schedule, ordering supplies and equipment and more. He also spends time working in the Advising department during peak registration.

Along with the Administrator of the Year award, Almstedt won Teacher Excellence Award Winner at LSC-Kingwood in 1993, National Federation Officials Association Boys High School Basketball Official of the Year in 2000, Recreational Professional of the Year for TAHPERD and Recreational Professional of the Year for Southern District of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) in 2004.

“I have been fortunate to receive many awards during my tenure with the college system. It is because of the support and encouragement that I have been given by my colleagues to participate in numerous professional organizations along with opportunities provided by the system that I have been able to achieve awards of this nature,” he said. “I am always proud to represent LSC-Kingwood in any capacity. I look at an award of this type as an award for my department and the LSC-Kingwood community.”

At LSC-Kingwood, Almstedt was the Faculty Senate president in 1994 and 2007 and was the AFT vice-president from 2004-2011. In addition, he was also the Texas Boys State Tournament official, 1999-2001; NCAA and NAIA Basketball Tournament official, 1990-2010; president of the Houston Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Basketball Officials, 1998-2002; TAHPERD vice president of Recreation, 2001-2003; and TAHPERD president, 2007-2009.

Recreation and sports has always been a part of Almstedt’s life. He umpired baseball, officiated basketball and worked as a lifeguard and pool manager. After graduating from Monmouth College, he was drafted by the NBA and played for the Cincinnati Royals. He then played for the Binghamtom Flyers in the Eastern League and then in the Portuguese National Basketball League.

TAHPERD is a not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of Health Education, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. It was founded in 1923 and is the only association in Texas that serves all four disciplines.


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