Even though Trent Probst doesn't officially take over as athletic director at Somerset High School until July 1, he was at the school last week, using every spare minute he had to become more acclimated with his new role at SHS.
And Probst didn't have a lot of time to spare. You see, he got married on Saturday. But that shows the dedication Probst has toward his new position in Somerset.
Probst, 30, has been involved in coaching and teaching, almost since the day he got out of high school. He attended high school in Jefferson. His father was friends with the football coach at Johnson Creek. While Probst was attending UW-Whitewater, he was able to join the coaching staff at Johnson Creek. When he graduated from college, he was quickly hired as a teacher and coach at Johnson Creek. He was also hired as assistant athletic director, but he essentially was in charge of most of the athletic director duties, he said.
Probst's new bride is from the Eau Claire area, so they decided to move to this side of the state a few years ago after he'd taught four years at Johnson Creek. That's when he was first hired at Somerset three years ago. He taught physical education at the elementary and middle school level.
"I didn't really want to leave, but I got a chance to get into administration," Probst said.
Probst spent the 2017-18 school year as an assistant principal at Prescott. When the Somerset position opened this spring, he was quick to apply.
"The level of success here in the past speaks for itself," Probst said as one of his main reasons in returning to Somerset. Probst said he is "competitive by nature" and wants to see all of the Somerset athletic programs flourish.
Probst said the AD/assistant principal positions create a unique set of responsibilities for him, with handling much of the discipline duties.
"Time management will be critical. We've got quite a number of veteran coaches. They know how to run their programs," Probst said.
Probst said having veteran coaches, and having worked with most of the coaches in the past, gives him to take a patient approach with the athletic program.
"You don't have to rush specific decisions. It's important to do a lot of observing and come to your own conclusions," he said.
One of the first challenges for Probst will be increasing the number of students who are involved in extracurriculars at the high school level in Somerset.
"Our hub has to be getting kids involved in the middle school and making it a good experience, and then keeping them involved at the high school," he said.
Basketball fans at many schools in the area are familiar with Probst, whose done WIAA basketball officiating in the Middle Border, Dunn-St. Croix and Lakeland conferences since moving to the area.
"I love doing it, getting to meet other athletic directors, coaches and school personnel," Probst said.