Hostrawser AD at LaVille
LAKEVILE — The Union-North United School Corporation turned to a familiar face to fill its junior-senior high school athletic director opening.
Will Hostrawser, who served as LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School AD during the 2005-06 school year, returned to the position following a unanimous vote at Thursday’s Union-North Board of School Trustees meeting in the LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School media center.
Board President Mark Dickson and members Rob Swathwood, Dave Grenert and Dennis Graf approved the hire upon the recommendation of Dr. Terry Barker, Union-North superintendent; board member Mike Berger was absent.
Barker told the board that Hostrawser stood out among the 48 applicants to replace Brian Stultz, who left LaVille to accept the head football coaching assignment at South Bend Riley.
“Throughout the process Mr. Hostrawser continually rose to the top,” Barker said. “I think he has the wherewithal to back up what he says and to make policies that are good for the students and good for the school.”
No stranger to the northern Indiana high school athletics scene, Hostrawser spent five years as athletic director at John Glenn starting in 1997 before serving a stint as assistant AD at Penn. Following his initial stop at LaVille, Hostrawser was briefly interim AD at Oregon-Davis.
And with three daughters – sophomore Lynae, eighth-grader Lauren, and Lexia, a second-grader – enrolled at LaVille, Hostrawser said he’s excited to recapture his old role.
“The leadership of the school made me want to come back,” Hostrawser, a Walkerton native and Plymouth resident, said. “They’ve made a lot of changes since I left. I like the direction the school is going and what’s being done in terms of technology and bringing the school to the forefront of education. I think we can do the same thing with athletics.
“I think it’s a good opportunity,” he added. “I miss running events, and my kids go to school here and they’re all involved in sports.”
Hostrawser, who owns Beef O’Brady’s in Plymouth with Oregon-Davis High School Principal Greg Briles and coaches Plymouth American Legion Post 27 baseball during the summer, said the business’ success led him to jump back into the school athletics fray.
“One of my reasons for getting back is I think (Beef O’Brady’s) runs better when I’m not there,” he said. “The business is going very well.”
Hostrawser also said he looks forward to doing battle again in the Northern State Conference.
“The Northern State Conference is a very good, competitive conference,” Hostrawser said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie among the coaches. I look forward to leading our coaches and setting goals as a staff. There’s consistency and foresight in the efforts at improving our facilities, and I think that can help our program. I’d like to see us be super-competitive in every sport, and improve each and every year.”