GRANGER — The energy and passion of Matt Eichhorn are apparent to any introduced to him.
Recently hired to serve as the full-time activities director at Woodward-Granger, the effusive Eichhorn said his goals are simple.
“I am in the process of meeting with all of our head coaches and am asking each to prepare a five-year plan we can study and implement,” he remarked. “The idea is simple: take the level each sport is currently at and jump it up a level, or several levels. We want kids to be excited to go out for sports here, and having a winning product will help make it more attractive.”
Eichhorn has spent the past five years as the assistant athletic director at West Des Moines Valley. The W-G position will be his first at the top activities position in a district.
“I felt I was ready to make the move, and Woodward-Granger is a great opportunity,” he said. “I knew people already working in the district, and what they had to say about it really intrigued me. It is quite the drop in student body size from Valley to here, but this is a growing district with what I believe is a huge amount of potential, and I am excited to see what we can do.”
Eichhorn said his hiring made W-G and Des Moines Christian the only schools in the West Central Athletic Conference with a full-time activities director who does not also have teaching duties.
“Personally, I think that gives us, and them (DMC) a real advantage,” the new hire stated. “We are here for the kids, period, and being full-time as AD will help me focus my energy in that direction.”
Eichhorn is a native of Tinley Park, Il (in the interest of full disclosure, the athletic director at his high school is an uncle of this writer). He completed his undergraduate studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Il. He received his graduate degree from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Wife Ashley teaches at Valley, and the couple have a daughter, Emree (3-1/2 years) and a son, Easton (3-1/2 months). They will continue to reside in Urbandale.
“I really feel this is a great fit for me and my family I am excited for everything to get going full-speed once the school year starts,” Eichhorn said. “The district already has so much going for it, and I believe even better things are right around the corner.”