NDHSAA Board approves election of two new members for 2023-24 school year


January 20, 2023 6:00 pm

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved the election of two new board members for the 2023-24 school year during a meeting held January 19.

Mitch Lunde, Athletic Director for Minot Public Schools, was elected as the Class A West Representative.

Larry Derr, Superintendent at Glenburn, was elected as the Class B Northwest Representative.

Ballots were distributed to member schools following the October 2022 NDHSAA Membership Meeting and were tallied via electronic ballot on January 19.

NDHSAA Board Members serve four-year terms.

Lunde will replace Paul Jundt (Athletic Director at Bismarck Legacy High School) as Class A West Representative.

Derr will replace Dave Schoch (Superintendent at Velva) as the Class B Northwest representative.

Derr is a 1992 graduate of Des Lacs-Burlington High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree in education from Minot State University and obtained his master’s degree in educational leadership from North Dakota State University in 2012.

Derr started his teaching career in Glenburn in 2007 where he was an assistant football coach, junior high basketball coach, and co-head baseball coach. He began his administrative career in 2010 in Glenburn while also serving as the Activities Director for 10 years. Derr was named the District 12 Athletic Director of the Year and Region 6 Athletic Director of the Year three times throughout those 10 years. During the 2017-2018 season, he was named the District 12 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.

Derr served on the NDASSP Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and was named Region 1 Principal of The Year in 2018. In May of 2020, he accepted the Superintendent of Glenburn Public Schools position where he is currently employed.

Lunde, a 1986 graduate of Mohall Public School, earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary education/Secondary education from Minot State University in 1992 and obtained his master’s degree in Administration and Leadership in 2001.

Lunde began teaching second grade in Killdeer, ND. Before his current position, Lunde also taught in Pahrump NV and was an administrator in the Tuttle-Pettibone, South Prairie and the Beulah School Districts. Mitch has been a coach in girls basketball, football, baseball, and boys basketball along with an active official in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. While attending Minot State University, Lunde was a letter-winner in football and baseball. Lunde was Honorably Discharged from the North Dakota National Guard in 1993.

Lunde is now in his 10th year at Minot Public Schools, as Activities Director. Lunde has served as a district chair, region representative and NDIAAA President along with numerous NDHSAA committees and ad hoc participant. Lunde has been named district Activities Director of the year in 2007, 2009 and 2012 along with Region Activities Director of the year in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and State “B” Activities Director of the year in 2012. In 2012 he was a Finalist for North Dakota National Distinguished Principal and was the 2012 NDAESP Region 7 Principal of the Year.