When OLCHS faced the task of finding a new athletic director, it didn’t have to look very far to find highly-qualified candidates for the position. And when the final buzzer sounded on the interview process, OLCHS veteran teacher and coach, two-time Fred Parks Award winner, and 2018 South Suburban Conference Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year Jeremey Cryan was chosen as the man for the job.
He enters the position with relentless energy, with a willingness to learn on the job, and with a clear vision for the future of OLCHS athletics.
“Building our athletic culture is very important to me,” Cryan said. “When a student puts on a Spartan uniform, it needs to stand for something. No matter what team the student is a part of, there is a common expectation and set of values that embody every Spartan athlete.”
“There needs to be a shared sense of respect and responsibility. As an athletic department, we are going to work on strengthening this culture.”
Cryan, who has been married for 11 years to wife Angela and has two children, has been a teacher and coach at OLCHS since 2006. He ran cross country and track at Trinity Christian College in the early 2000’s and has coached both cross country and track in some capacity for 15 years.
“I believe athletics is the ultimate character builder,” Cryan said. “We are going to make sure that our athletes not only develop their sport specific skills and physical abilities, but also what it means to be a leader and an upright representative of our community. I also want to see all the positive things that our athletes and programs are doing more accessible and visible to our community.”
“I’d like to see our athletic department create a stronger web presence through our school web site and use of social media. I look forward to becoming more involved with our Booster Club and working closely with our parents. I’d like to create more opportunity for our athletic programs to become involved in service opportunities and local village events.”
With Cryan’s experience in athletics and his experience at OLCHS, he has most certainly paved the way for bigger and better things in a school he knows very well.
“The staff at OLCHS is incredibly dedicated, innovative, and caring,” Cryan said. “Working with our staff has made me a stronger educator and coach. I have also been able to work with some amazing students both in the classroom and through athletics. To play a part in the growth of our students over the course of their four years is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
So, what should the athletes and OLCHS community expect in the coming years with Cryan at the controls?
“Success of our programs is, of course, high on the list,” Cryan said. “While there are many aspects that go into creating competitive teams, we are going to make sure that our entire athletic department acts in a collaborative culture that embraces multi-sport athletes, provides adequate off-season development opportunities, and offers up-to-date equipment and training methods.”