School District hires new athletic director

Health and Fitness Director Jake Maechtle to be eased into position with help from high school principal

Jake Maechtle

 

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School has a new athletic director but not a new employee.

The School Board on July 13 approved adding athletic director duties to Jake Maechtle’s current role as health and fitness director.

Maechtle graduated from Lakeland Unviersity in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on sports management and economics.

He worked in the school’s admissions office while he earned a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in higher education and student affairs. He then worked his way up to assistant director of admissions.

Maechtle will ease into the athletic director role. High School Principal Josh Ketterhagen had been helping former athletic director Nate Lukas, and he will mentor Maechtle.

The School Board approved a plan to evenly split duties between Maechtle and Ketterhagen the first year, increasing Maechtle’s role to 75% the second year and taking over the entire position in the third.

The job had been a half-time position, but the board switched it to a stipend-type model to prevent the job from being a revolving door.

Board president Chad Hoopman said it will be nice to “have stability in the role.”

Among a list of 16 responsibilities the board approved for the position this year are coaching evaluations, social media development, communication procedures, budget management, transportation organization and developing responsibilities for and schedule game managers.

“Becoming an athletic director always seemed like a natural fit for me, and when the opportunity came into play this year, I couldn’t say no,” Maechtle said in an email. “Not only do I get to work with all sports here at Cedar Grove-Belgium, but I get to play a larger role in the continued success of the student athletes and community.”

Maechtle joined the district last year, the result of an informal conversation with Supt. Chad Brakke when the two bumped into each other at a youth wrestling meet. Both wrestled in high school and helped with Port Washington youth wrestling programs.

Maechtle, in addition to loving sports early in life, developed a passion for teaching. He said he remembers as a fifth-grader helping coach second-grade wrestlers.

At Cedar Grove-Belgium High School, Maechtle develops programs for people of all ages at the fitness center and the pool, and he is working on a long-term strategic plan to offer more programs for the school and community, such as dog obedience, technology for seniors and expanded lifeguard certification.

“I’ve learned quickly that this community wants to be doing things. They don’t want to be sitting in their houses,” Maechtle said.

At the middle school, Maechtle teaches safe and proper ways to work out, and he is trying to ignite a passion for elementary schoolers to be active.

He is an assistant coach with the high school wrestling team.

Maechtle lives on the south side of Sheboygan with his wife of two years, Hannah Rausch, a fellow Port High grad who is one of the Pirates’ dance team coaches.

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