Greendale — For much of his life, Shane Hansen has participated in and enjoyed athletics.
At the same time, he has seen his parents, Gary and Grace Ann, enjoy their work as officials for school districts.
Now Hansen, 27, is experiencing the perfect mix of those two parts of his life in his position as the new athletic director for Greendale High School.
'Athletics are a big part of my life, and I have seen my parents work in schools and have an impact on kids and their lives, which I always thought was a cool thing,' said Hansen, who takes over at Greendale for Gina Wilkins. 'This is a blend of my interest in athletics and my desire to have a positive impact on kids' lives.'
A successful program
He is also happy to have that job at Greendale, which has a longtime successful tradition in athletics.
'I knew the school has a strong background,' he said, 'and I want to maintain that level and maybe elevate some programs if I can. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to come in here to a school with such strong athletic programs and one that academically is high achieving as well. I have heard many of the alumni praise the school.'
His parents worked in administration for the Ripon and Rosendale/Brandon School Districts.
'I always thought that was a job I would like to do,' he said.
Hansen played a number of different sports in his childhood, but his favorite was baseball. He was the third baseman for a Ripon High School team that claimed the WIAA Division 2 Spring State Championship in 2000, and he went on to play for Lakeland College.
At Lakeland, he received a bachelor's degree in athletic administration and management in 2005 and a master's in business administration in 2009.
Working his way up
Along the way, he served an internship with the commissioner's office of the Midwest Conference, which includes colleges such as Ripon and Lawrence, and was an assistant baseball coach at Madison's Edgewood College.
He worked as the director of parks, recreation and aquatics for the city of Brillion, which is near Green Bay, since 2007.
When he saw the Greendale athletic director's job posted on a website, he knew he had to go after it, and he got it.
As a new high school sports year is beginning, Hansen is looking forward to the challenges ahead of him, knowing that much of his previous life has led him up to precisely this point.