Grundy County High School named a new Athletic Director and Steve Trussler has taken over the reins of the athletic programs for the county schools.
“I’ve been around sports for 47 years. I know every angle of it. I know the parent side, the fan side, the officials side, the coaches side, and I know the administrative side. They had the confidence in me to ask me to take this position. My goal is to take Grundy County High School athletics to a higher level. It will have to be a team effort. I’m not the answer, I’m just part of the solution,” said Trussler in a Sunday night interview.
Steve has an extensive background in high school and youth sports. He’s been an official for 47 years ranging from the Big 8 to the TSSAA to college sports. Trussler also a background in coaching having coached youth teams in the Big 8 and on the middle school level. He was also a teacher and an elementary school principal.
Trussler retired from state government last summer and most would have thought he would have gladly accepted less responsibility. But, he likes to be active and almost immediately began working part time at the high school.
I started substituting at the high school last fall. I did some long term substituting for some teachers that were going to be out for extended periods of time. You know, I started out as a teacher and then I worked for the state. I love the kids. I love being around them and I saw the job posting and I applied,” said Trussler.
Many Grundy supporters are looking for improvement in the sports programs and a push to help those athletes capable to advance on to the college level. Trussler knows there are steps to complete to make that happen.
“We have to get the athletes in position to compete at the highest level for them to be successful. It’s going to take a joint effort between the school board, the school administrators, the coaches, the staffs, the student athletes, the fans, and the community. We need to evaluate all our programs and talk about equipment, facilities, schedules and the feeder systems. We have to get our elementary coaches and our high school coaches on the same page,” said the new AD.
Trussler said there will be a high priority on doing things the right way.
“We want a program built on class, character, and integrity. We want an athletic program and student-athletes that our community can be proud of. If we can get our student-athletes to perform at the best level that they possibly can these colleges will find them,” said Trussler.
The new athletic director will be tasked right away with helping new football coach Casey Tate build his staff in time for spring practice and get ready for the 2015 season. Much of that work is underway.
“We need everyone in the community to get to get behind all the programs and help move Grundy County athletics to the best we can be and the most competitive we can be,” added Trussler.