INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – After serving for 16 years as athletic director at four schools, LaVille Jr-Sr High School Athletic Director Will Hostrawser was selected as the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (IIAAA) state Athletic Director of the Year.
“I knew at a recent IIAAA District #2 meeting that I was selected the district AD of the Year,” said Hostrawser. “I was honored just to receive the award in the district. Our district is probably the largest in the state and we have some outstanding administrators.
“Anytime you are recognized by your peers,” continued Hostrawser. “It makes it special. I just don’t know what to say other than I am very humbled.”
Hostrawser started in education as a business teacher at John Glenn High School. After teaching for four years, Hostrawser moved into athletic administration. He made stops at John Glenn High School, Penn High School, LaVille Jr-Sr High School (for one year before going into private business), then a short stint at Oregon-Davis. Following a few years in private business, he returned to LaVille, where he has been AD for the last six years.
“When we were sitting down at the banquet,” recalled Hostrawser. “They have reserved tables up front for honorees but we never sat down at those tables. We sat where we normally do – with the other athletic administrators.”
“When they called my name I honestly was very surprised and shocked,” continued Hostrawser. “You do this job and try to stay in the back ground. The last thing you seek is self- attention. If you do this job right, you are always working for others. I don’t seek recognition. When it occurs it is very humbling experience. I know I could not do near the job I am able to do without the help from our administrative team here at LaVille as well as my assistants, Isaac Eash and Scot Shearer. We all take a great deal of pride in our students, school and community.”
The IIAAA has six Indiana districts. LaVille is in District #2, including 18 counties. District #2 runs from St. Joseph County, east to the Ohio line, and south to Blackford County.
“To be recognized as the state athletic director of the year,” explained Hostrawser. “I never dreamed that would be possible. I can’t say enough how much of an honor it is being on the state board and all the work you do behind the scenes. We are promoting education-based athletics. It makes you feel good when other people recognize you on this level.”