Neenah has turned to one of its conference rivals to help fill its vacant activities director position.
Nate Werner has been selected as the Neenah Joint School District’s activities director after teaching at Appleton East High School for the past 16 years. Werner has coached the Appleton North boys’ soccer team for the past seven seasons. His starting date is still to be determined, pending school board approval of his resignation in Appleton and hire in Neenah.
A former standout soccer player at Appleton West High School and collegiately at Division I University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Werner also coached the girls’ soccer team at Appleton East from 2005 to 2010 and the boys’ squad at Xavier High School from 2003 to 2005. He coached Xavier to the WIAA Division 2 state title in 2004 and guided Appleton North to a state tournament appearance in 2010.
Werner earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadfield Social Studies from UW-Green Bay and is completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University in Mequon.
“I’m excited to get started,” Werner said. “I can’t wait to help maintain the culture of excellence already established in Neenah.”
Werner will oversee an athletic program that captured seven Fox Valley Association titles and nine WIAA sectional championships in 2012-13. The Rockets also finished third in the large school division of the WSN Cup, which measures the state’s top overall athletic program based on state tournament finishes.
Neenah has 22 varsity sports and four club sports. Its activities program includes over 40 different clubs as well as three drama productions and numerous concerts and other events. Neenah’s enrollment of 2,054 ranked seventh in Wisconsin in 2012-13 and was the largest of any Fox Valley Association school.