Sauk Rapids-Rice hires new athletics director

Sauk Rapids-Rice hires new athletics director

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Sauk Rapids-Rice hires new athletics director

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SAUK RAPIDS

It took a while to find the perfect fit, but Sauk Rapids-Rice has a new activities director.

Luke Lutterman’s hiring to replace the retiring Tom Conzemius as the Storm’s AD was approved by the school board Monday night.

Lutterman, a 2000 Triton High School in Dodge Center graduate, takes over July 1 after three years as the A.D. and an assistant middle school principal at Rushford-Peterson in southeastern Minnesota.

“I feel excited to get up there, be a part of the Storm family and get started,” Lutterman said.

Lutterman is a 2005 St. Cloud State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and adaptive physical education.

He received his master’s degree from SCSU in 2010 in curriculum and instruction and also has completed his K-12 principal’s certification.

Before Rushford-Peterson, he spent five years working at Stride Academy in St. Cloud, where he helped start the charter school’s in-city recreational activities program.

Sauk Rapids-Rice High School principal Erich Martens said it took time to find Lutterman, which he called a perfect fit for the district.

“We’re excited to have Luke Lutterman as our new activities director,” Martens said. “He seems to be as excited as we are.”

Martens said Sauk Rapids used three different interview teams with 25 members before coming upon a final list of “two or three” candidates.

Lutterman, he said, had recommendations from his coaches and superintendent at Rushford-Peterson, which has an enrollment of 146 in grades 9-12. Sauk Rapids’ enrollment is listed at 1,078 on the Minnesota State High School League website.

“We’ve been very pleased with Tom Conzemius and the work he has done,” Martens said. “And, we are very excited to have Luke Lutterman take over.”

Lutterman said he felt like Sauk Rapids was a good place to be and that he had some familiarity with it after having been in Central Minnesota before his move to Rushford.

He said he and his wife already have purchased a home in the district and sees his greatest challenge as learning more about the staff and how things are done at Sauk Rapids. He also hopes to work on helping the district retain coaches. There has been high turnover in recent years and the school is seeking varsity boys hockey and girls basketball coaches.

“For me, the biggest thing there now is getting to know the school culture and the people,” he said. “It seems like, from what I’ve heard with some success in the program, the community will be extremely supportive and that excites me.”

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