Ben Ries

NORFOLK - Norfolk High Activities Director Ben Ries has resigned so that he can concentrate his efforts on recovering from the long-term effects of COVID-19. 

Ries is a Norfolk alum and worked within the district for 19 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator. 

Dr. Jeff Hoffman is currently serving as interim Activities Director and will continue in that capacity. 

Amongst Ries’ accomplishments as Activities Director includes leading the transition to the Heartland Athletic Conference, was part of the Class ‘A’ Basketball Scheduling Committee for seven years, was part of the Nebraska Coaches Association Board for ten years, filled ten varsity head coaching positions, started Unified Bowling and Unified Track, and helped Norfolk High host the Boys and Girls State Golf Championships at Norfolk Country Club.  Ries was also head boys basketball coach at Norfolk High for 14 seasons, compiling a 244-95 record and a State Championship Runner-up.