Glenelg Athletic Director Steps Down

June 16, 1991|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff writer

Chuck Struhar, who has taught English, coached numerous sports and run academic and athletic departments during his 16-year tenure at Glenelg High, has resigned as the school's athletic director.

Struhar, who ran Glenelg's athletic department for four years, officially leaves the job Tuesday. He expressed mixed feelings about his decision.

"It's a job I really enjoy and a job I think I'm very good at," said Struhar, 44. "But I'm in a position now where I don't want to do the job anymore."

He cited several reasons for resigning, beginning with time demands.

Struhar said he has grown tired of the time conflicts the athletic director's job places on him while he prepares for and teaches five English classes a day. He said he wants to devote more time to his wife, Mary Ellen, and his two children, 5-year-oldChristopher and 22-month-old Anna. He said that he wants to continuecoaching Glenelg's softball team and that he may coach "other thingsdown the road," so he wants more time to do so if he chooses.

Struhar also mentioned "philosophical differences" with Jim McGregor, a longtime friend and colleague who took over as Glenelg's principal last fall.

"I'm a full-time teacher first. I'm a better teacher thanan athletic director. I enjoy coaching very much, but I could leave it in a heartbeat," said Struhar, who decided to resign early this year. "Sometimes I can't believe how difficult it is to teach in the classroom and do this (athletic director) job.

"I know what I have to do, and I can't do it (the athletic director job) the way I want itdone. I have to do this my way."

Struhar would not comment specifically on differences with McGregor.

McGregor, who came to Glenelga year before Struhar, served as Glenelg's athletic director for three years in the late 1970s. During that time, he and Struhar were assistant football coaches together, while McGregor ran the baseball program with Struhar as his junior varsity coach. The two remain golf partners.

"I'm a hands-on type of principal, and that could have been a factor (in Struhar's decision)," said McGregor, who may name Struhar's replacement this week. "Any time you go through a change in administration, you step back and go through a change in philosophy and a change in style."

Struhar adds a successful run as athletic director to his list of accomplishments at Glenelg.

He was chairman ofthe English department for nine years before taking the athletic directorship under former principal Walter Caldwell.

As the 13-year coach of the girls basketball team, he laid the foundation for a program that has been represented in the Class 2A state tournament in two of the past three years.

And McGregor, citing Struhar's organizational skills, tapped him last spring to co-chair a committee to oversee preparation for the school's evaluation this fall by the Middle States Associations of Colleges and High Schools.

"He puts a tremendous amount of time in here. I don't see how anyone could have run an athletic program better. I respect Chuck, and I admire him," McGregor said.

"The bottom line is he is a value to the school and a value to me. He still is going to be a very important part of this school. What Chuck wants, Chuck is going to have."

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