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Kyle Norris

Head Athletic Trainer

Kyle Norris  

Kyle Norris has been the head athletic trainer for Iowa Lakes Community College since 2005.  He is responsible for all aspects of the sports medicine program as it relates to the 13 Laker athletic teams. 

He is currently an Associate Professor in the Science Department with his teaching focus in Anatomy and Physiology and Biomechanics.  He also oversees the Athletic Training Transfer Program at Iowa Lakes.  Kyle holds both an athletic training and history degree from South Dakota State University and earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 1998. 

The Ruthven, IA, native began his athletic training career as the director of sports medicine outreach at Iowa Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Spirit Lake, IA.  He served in that capacity for seven years coordinating athletic training coverage for numerous high schools in the region.

At SDSU, Norris spent two years as student athletic trainer assigned to baseball and football.  While at Indiana, he served as the graduate assistant with the Hoosier football program.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society

Kyle is married to Amee, and has two children; Madison and Kadin.

Kim Venteicher

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Kim Venteicher  

Kim Venteicher is the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Iowa Lakes Community College. She is employed by Avera-Holy Family Hospital in Estherville as an outreach athletic trainer. In this role, Kim is involved in all aspects of the sports medicine program for the Laker athletic teams based out of the Estherville campus and also serves as the athletic trainer for Estherville Lincoln Central High School.

A Minnesota native, Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Winona State University in 2005 and earned her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2007.

While at Michigan State, Kim worked primarily with the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams and the field hockey team. Kim returned to Winona State University in 2007 where she served as an athletic trainer and adjunct faculty member for eight years. During that time, she worked primarily with the volleyball, soccer, women’s basketball, tennis, and golf teams.

She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society.

Kim is married to Joel and they currently reside in Spirit Lake.

Dr. James Creech

Medical Director

Dr. James Creech   

Jim Creech, M.D., is a primary care physician at Avera Medical Group in Estherville.  He provides medical direction for the healthcare needs of the athletes at Iowa Lakes Community College and acts as a valuable resource for the athletic training staff.

Dr. Creech is an avid sports fan. Outside of work, his interests include spending time with his wife and four children, golfing and hunting.  He is also an active member of Rotary.

He attended Hastings College and from there he went on to the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  Dr. Creech completed his residency with the Siouxland Medical Educational Foundation.

His specialties include Sports Medicine, Endoscopy, Emergency Medical Services, and Aviation Medicine. 

Marci Yost

Assistant Athletic Trainer


Dr. John Leopold

Team Orthopedic Surgeon 

John Leupold  

John Leupold, MD grew up outside of Superior, attended Spirit Lake schools, then graduated with honors in engineering at Iowa State University.  He went on to medical school at the University of Iowa, residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Sports Medicine fellowship training in Laguna Hills, CA. 

He has been practicing in Spirit Lake since 2006 and joined Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint and Sports Surgeons in January of 2011.  He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. 

He treats patients in Spirit Lake and Estherville.

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