Tom Betz to Receive Good Shepherd Award

Betz to be Honored at Bishop's Event
Posted on 05/21/2020
Tom Betz has been selected to receive the prestigious Good Shepherd Award at the Bishop’s Fundathon for Catholic Schools Sunday, September 13. The event, formerly known as the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools, will air virtually throughout the day after a 10 a.m. online Mass at Cathedral.

Betz, a 1985 Heelan graduate and vice president of advancement, has worked or Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools for nearly 21 years.

After graduating from Morningside College and working in sales for several years, Betz came to Heelan to teach business education in 1999 and serve as assistant boys basketball coach under Doug Moody. He subsequently took over as head coach and led teams to three consecutive state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. 

Betz moved to the administration offices to became director of admissions and handle alumni relations, and in 2012 was named director of development to lead fundraising for the Heelan School System.

For the past eight years Betz has led the annual fund, worked with planning giving, scholarships and the Gold Club and played a leading role in raising over $17 million for Heelan High School. He led fundraising for the $1.4 million track and artificial turf improvements at Memorial Field, the $12.5 million high school academic addition and the $3.4 million O’Gorman Fieldhouse, completed last December.

“The new physical structure of Bishop Heelan Catholic High School wouldn’t be completed without Tom Betz, says Dr. John Flanery, BHCS president.  “His leadership and efforts in advancement for our schools has been tremendous.  Tom is a database of information regarding Heelan history, alumni and athletics.  He is a true champion of Catholic education and we are lucky to have him.” 

“Obviously his six-foot nine stature is one you can’t miss, but it’s Tom’s positive nature that attracts people to him,” says Royce Ranniger, director of fiscal services of the Diocese of Sioux City and an award nominator. “Tom has many public school friends who respect him and, in turn, respect Heelan for what he brings to this community.”

Betz and his wife, Julie, are the parents of Jared ’14, Annie ’17 and Ellie, a junior at Heelan.

In addition to his advancement duties at Bishop Heelan, Betz serves as color commentator for KFHC Catholic radio for Heelan basketball games, serves on the Morningside College Alumni Board and the boards of Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland and TeamMates Mentoring, where he is also a mentor to a student. He is a board member of the Siouxland Sports Commission and President of the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association.

Andy Foster, Heelan assistant athletic director and head basketball coach, wrote this in his nomination: “Tom Betz greets every day, every task, every friend and every guest with a smile, positivity and energy,” says Foster. “He is the face of Bishop Heelan. Tom understands how to represent Bishop Heelan and make it a better place very day. As an assistant basketball coach for 10 years I watched and learned how to be a leader of young people with grace, respect and character. I have seen the impact and impressions he has left on countless young people.”