Homestead High School and Mequon/Thiensville Recreation Department Director Charlie Gross will leave both positions sometime in the next month to take the Associate Athletic Director's job at UW-Milwaukee.
"It's an intriguing position based on the new leadership there (UWM AD George Koonce)," he said. "George has a bold vision of where he wants to take the athletic department. ...I think it would be a great opportunity to get in there and grow with it."
Gross has been both the athletic director for Homestead High School and head of the Mequon/Thiensville Recreation Department since 2002. He has been involved in higher education athletic administration for 14 years having come from a job in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He and his wife Barb and their four children live in Thiensville.
He will be missed, said Homestead football coach Dave Keel.
"I think the world of Charlie," said Keel. "He works his tail off, which is what a good AD does. Better yet, he's a good person who does his job well and does it with integrity."
Gross is proud of the accomplishments of both of the athletic and recreation departments and lauds the coaches, student/athletes and residents who made them possible.
"I have tried to put my heart and soul into the job, it's a trait I have," he said. "Whatever it takes to get the job done, and as I'm leaving I'm proud of the state of the programs we have. We have a highly successful athletic program here (at Homestead) and that's because of the highly committed coaches and student/athletes who participate in it."
"And we are doing it with a budget that is $100,000 less than when I started here."
"We are also proud of the programs we have put in place for recreation and personal enrichment," he said. "Opportunities for all age groups have grown greatly. And the facility reservation programs we have implemented have greatly increased the accessibility of all facilities to the community."
"This is a difficult job to let go of, and that's because of the people I have had the privilege of working with including coaches, recreation directors, instructors and support staff. They have all done an incredibly outstanding job. I know that it will be left in good hands."
Gross said a precise start date for his new job has yet to be settled.
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