Kirkland Hiawatha, Stillman Valley, Machesney Park
According to Jerry Fisher, the former principal of Machesney Park Harlem High School, “Terry’s professional approach when working with the coaches, students, athletes, parents, and administration led to continued development and athletic success”.Terry Niedzwiecki began his career in Illinois athletics by first coaching football, basketball, baseball, and golf at various high schools, ending his coaching career with three conference championships, and one regional championship. He became the Athletic Director for Kirkland Hiawatha High School in 1987, and stayed with them for five years. He then was the Athletic Director for Stillman Valley for 2 years, Machesney Park Harlem for 9 years, Rockford Auburn for 5 years, and Rockford Jefferson for 1 year. As an administrator at Machesney Park Harlem High School, Terry implemented the “Harlem has Sportsmanship” program in 1997. The success of this program led him to receive an IHSA award for the school, and a national award from Athletic Management Magazine.
Terry has been a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association for the past 28 years. Throughout those 28 years, he has held many leadership positions, including IADA District 10 Representative for three years, IADA State Conference Exhibit Chairman for four years, and was the IADA President for 2002-2003. In 2002, Terry was the Chairman of a 3-year IADA strategic plan that resulted in many changes in the IADA.
In 1999, Terry received the Class AA Outstanding Athletic Director award. In 2004, he was honored with the NIAAA State Award of Merit. In 2003, Terry received his 25 years of service award from the NIAAA. Terry’s years of leadership and contributions to Harlem High School, the IADA, and the NIAAA led him to this selection as a member of the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.