Oskaloosa Schools Announce New Color Guard Coach


Oskaloosa Schools announces Kelsey Veldhuizen as the new Oskaloosa High School Color Guard coach, starting in the 2024-25 school year.

A native of Oskaloosa, Veldhuizen graduated from OHS in 2002. She brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for color guard to her new role.

Veldhuizen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from the University of Iowa, as well as a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mount Mercy University. Her journey in the world of color guard began at OHS, where she served as head commander and was a dedicated member of the color guard all four years of her high school career.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve my alma mater as the new color guard coach and to honor Jim Zimmerman, my former color guard coach, and his legacy,” said Veldhuizen. “I am eager to build upon the excellence he instilled in the program. My goal is to provide an exceptional experience for the students, just as my sisters and I enjoyed when we attended school here.”

After spending 17 years away from Oskaloosa in Cedar Rapids, Kelsey has returned to her hometown and currently works from home for Transamerica. The school board’s approval of her appointment is expected in November. In the interim, she is already contributing to the Winter Guard program.

“We are thrilled to have Kelsey Veldhuizen return to Oskaloosa to lead our High School Color Guard program,” said Mike Fisher, Superintendent. “Her passion, dedication, and commitment to honoring the program’s legacy make her an excellent choice for this position. We look forward to her positive impact as she engages ALL students to embrace the power of learning.”

Pending board approval, Kelsey Veldhuizen will begin her role as the High School Color Guard Coach this November, with the beginning of the Winter Guard season.

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