Hanson tabbed as new ERHS Activities DirectorPending board approval, current Hastings High School boys basketball coach to begin Raptors' duties June 8.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
Another piece of the East Ridge High School puzzle was put into place May 8 as the new institution’s administration selected Trent Hanson to the position of activities director.
“I’m certainly excited,” the 33-year-old Hanson said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity.”
Hanson, a Hastings High School graduate who has served as the Raiders boys basketball head coach for the past eight years, will begin his duties as the Raptors’ A.D., pending school board approval, on June 8. East Ridge Assistant Principal Matt Kraft has served as the school’s acting A.D. through the first and most of the second round of head coach hirings.
“There’s a well-established leadership at East Ridge,” Hanson said. “Matt Kraft, Aaron Harper and their staff have done a great job.”
The new A.D. received his undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas before earning his Master's in Education from St. Mary’s University. He will be completing requirements for principal’s licensure and a degree in Athletic/Activities Administration at St. Thomas this term.
In addition to serving as the Raiders boys hoop coach, he has taught health and physical education at HHS for the past 11 years. His background, according to a district press release, includes writing grants for technology in his classroom, reviewing and sharing the results of the Minnesota Student Survey, NSCA certification in strength and conditioning, a strong background in participating and supporting all activities.
“Mr. Hanson will be a tremendous asset and advocate for our students, as participants in the arts,” ERHS principal Aaron Harper said in a press release. “He brings a diverse background that includes strong academics as a classroom teacher and instructional leader. He will be an advocate in helping students to become involved in multiple activities.”
Hanson said that he has “great respect for the district” and faces “a great challenge” in being the school’s first A.D.
“There’s a lot to be done in a short amount of time,” he said. “I’ll spend most of the month of May to get up to speed.”
He added, “The mission is to give the kids a great experience.”