SIOUX CITY -- One late night on my way home from work, perhaps a Tuesday, I drove past Dave Rebstock’s office.
This was long before the man affectionately called “Rebby” began his duties as Morningside College’s sports information director. He worked from a basement office at Teikyo Westmar University in Le Mars.
A light was still on, close to midnight, which was typical. His red Sunbird with REBBY personalized license plates was angle-parked. No doubt he was waiting for hand-delivered results from a coach. There was no such thing as the Internet back in the early 1990s and maybe the SID from the far-off college TWU visited that night didn’t offer the information Rebby was looking for or didn't fax him.
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Back then as well, Rebby was extremely dedicated to his profession as well as to the coaches and athletes he worked with. During a 28-year career that came to an end when he passed away suddenly last Saturday, the 59-year- old Le Mars High School and Westmar College graduate provided superb service in his promotion of small-college athletics.
When I arrived at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel the next morning to resume writing the articles that didn’t get finished the previous night, the results I was looking for had been slipped into a front-door slot ready to be produced for that day’s newspaper. Rebby also did the same for veteran KLEM sports director Denny Callahan and faxed the same results to the Sioux City Journal and other media outlets.
Rebby was a tireless worker. The template for his extensive and meticulous press releases that Journal colleagues Terry Hersom, Steve Allspach, Dick Champ, Barry Poe, Jeff Budlong, Jason Cowley and others received for over 20 years from Morningside was created in that small office located about seven or eight steps from the old Westmar basketball court.
Rebby’s file cabinets were filled with timeless, historical data that seeped its ways into those press releases. He consistently offered hints when a particular TWU athlete was coming close to making the Top 10 in several statistical categories.
Rebby’s work ethic followed him to Morningside in the summer of 1997. Back then, the teams were called the Chiefs and competed in the old North Central Conference against much larger NCAA Division II universities.
Rebby kept the Sioux City media well-informed of Morningside’s athletic progress. Nothing changed, perhaps with the exception of the reams of paper that slid into a fax machine. The Internet made his job easier and those from the media were the ones who printed off those double-digit sheets of valuable information.
David Lynn Rebstock, affectionately known as "Rebby," 59, of Sioux City, died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa.
When Morningside entered the NAIA, I believe Rebby’s job became even more fun, if not busier. With Rebby and his capable statistics crew on the sidelines, Jamie Sale posted a 466-128 record in 17 years as Morningside’s women’s basketball coach, highlighted by Division II national championships in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2015.
Steve Ryan garnered a 155-40 ledger in 16 years as Morningside’s football coach with 14 consecutive playoff appearances. Jessica Jones-Sitzmann was 653-349 in a 19-year softball coaching career that included eight national tournament appearances. Jim Sykes’ 15-year men’s basketball coaching career included a 305-158 record and six national tournament appearances.
Individually, Megan Glisar won an indoor high jump title in 2012. Monte Larson won the 800 meter indoor crown in 2013. Jake Stevenson and John Sievert were NAIA wrestling champs in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Morningside also competed in national tournaments in the sports of baseball, women’s soccer and women’s golf in Rebby’s tenure.
All of us in the sports media not only lost an individual who was one of the premier SIDs in the NAIA. We’re also minus a trusted friend.