Scott Kruthoff, who has served the past three years as the executive director of the South Suburban YMCA in Des Moines, has beennamed the first executive director of the Indianola YMCA.
“I’m amazed at the level of excitement already for the YMCA in Indianola,” Kruthoff said. “Everybody I’ve met so far in Indianola has a tremendous amount of community pride. The Indianola YMCA will reflect our members and I know that they will be just as proud of the Y as they are of their community.”
Kruthoff has been an employee of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines since October 2006. In addition to his current role, he has also served as a director for aquatics, youth sports, day camp and after school programs.
“Growing up in Fort Dodge, my brother and I treated the Y like our home away from home,” he said. “It was a great place to go and we participated in all kinds of activities. When I was working on both my undergraduate and master’s degrees, I worked at the Y.
“The YMCA has always been home and always been a very comfortable place for me. I think the Indianola community will find that same level of comfort at our new Indianola YMCA.”
He and his wife, Dani, and children, Cael, age 3, and Braden, 10 months, plan to move to Indianola as soon as possible.
“Both my wife and I are from smaller communities and Indianola was a wonderful opportunity for us to relive that small town feel,” Kruthoff said. “We’re excited about raising our children there and become a part of the community.”
The Indianola Y is currently under construction near the corner of Highway 65/69 and Hillcrest in Indianola. The 62,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in late August of 2013 and is a collaborative effort between the YMCA, the City of Indianola, Simpson College and the Indianola Community School District.
At the South Suburban Y, Kruthoff oversees the 5,000-member branch. His responsibilities include working with a volunteer Board of Managers and cultivating a staff team that creates a culture that is consistent with the YMCA mission and values.
While at the South Suburban Y, Kruthoff has raised more than $90,000 in each of the last three years during the YPartners fundraising campaign. He has also coordinated the development of the branch’s playground area, renovation of the fitness center and directed the Tom Guessford Memorial Basketball Tournament.
Kruthoff, who holds a bachelor’s degree in leisure, youth and human services from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in recreation administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will start his role at the Indianola Y on April 15.