Gary Ross Accepts Position with State Athletic Union

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Long-time Johnston Community School District athletic and activities director Gary Ross has accepted a new position as the Associate Director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Association and will be leaving the district at the end of July.

Head shot of GARY ROSSRoss was hired as the JCSD athletic director in 1995 and since that time has worked tirelessly to build the athletic and activity programs in Johnston. As student enrollments have grown, so has participation in the district’s multitude of sports, fine arts, and clubs. Ross has played a large role in managing these programs as well as upgrading the facilities used by students and coaches for competition.

“After twenty-two years of service to the Johnston community, I am extremely grateful for all Mr. Ross has done and happy for him as he continues to serve the students of Iowa in a different role,” said Corey Lunn, JCSD Superintendent. “During our period of growth, Gary has overseen and developed a program with tremendous success. His efforts to plan and prepare the athletic and activity areas at the new high school will be enjoyed by thousands for years to come.”

Additionally, Ross has been active in the Iowa High School Athletic Director’s Association, serving in a variety of roles and receiving accolades for his work, including NIAAA State Award of Merit, Chair of the IHSAA Board of Control, and State Athletic Director of the Year. Ross is a graduate of Wartburg College and holds a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision-Secondary Principalship from the University of Northern Iowa.

The district will begin the search and interview process to hire a new athletic director, expected to be in place by August 1.

“I have been proud to serve our schools, students, and staff in such a great district as Johnston and will always be a ‘Dragon’,” Ross said. I treasure the relationships and memories created during my time with Johnston.”

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