The Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Community School District will have a new face leading its athletic department in the fall.
After Matt Graham announced he would be stepping down from the position earlier this year, Ryan Schmalen was hired on April 13. He will start as athletic director and middle school physical education teacher in August.
“I’m coming there because their community is great and the people there are great,” Schmalen said. “I just want to let them know that I’m passionate about everything and I’m really looking forward to getting to know everybody.”
Schmalen is already familiar with the North Iowa area. A 2015 Clear Lake High School graduate, he will continue his professional career just 10 minutes west of where he grew up.
After high school, Schmalen studied at Upper Iowa University for five years and majored in physical education. He currently works at Janesville as the middle school P.E. teacher and high school health teacher.
In his first year out of college, he helps with the football scoreboard, takes stats and does announcing for both basketball and volleyball at Janesville.
When he saw the job opening in North Iowa, he leaped at the opportunity. Now, after his hiring, he hopes to bring a positive energy to the GHV community when he begins.
“I really want to stress, and I talked about this in my interview, participation,” Schmalen said. “Even if it’s speech or choir – just going out for things and being involved is very beneficial in the long run. I know it helped me when I was in college being involved in so many things.”
Schmalen hopes his passion shows to the community and is prepared to bring in fresh ideas. He will start officially on August 10. Graham will continue at GHV as a business teacher and assist Schmalen through his first year.
Gunnar Davis covers sports. Reach him via email at Gunnar.Davis@GlobeGazette.com or by phone 641-421-0598.