Expect to see Curt Wallrath, Coon Rapids High School’s new activities director, at soccer games and speech tournaments, cross country meets and choir concerts this coming year.
“That’s one thing I really want to do is be there,” Wallrath said. “The kids need to know I care.”
The kids are familiar with Wallrath already, as he has been an assistant principal at CRHS for the past two years. He coached various sports at the high school while he was employed as an assistant principal at Adams Elementary School in Coon Rapids and Champlin Park High School across the river.
Wallrath is switching roles with Kelley Scott, former activities director.
“I want to expand and get into the academic side of administration,” Scott said. “While I am sad to leave the position, I am happy that someone like Curt will be taking over. He is passionate about Coon Rapids High School.”
That may be an understatement.
“I’m a transplanted Cardinal, but I’m a Cardinal for life,” Wallrath said.
Wallrath originally hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In high school, he played football and wrote sports stories for the school paper.
“I was not a good athlete,” Wallrath said. “I worked hard; I wanted to be a part of a team.”
After earning his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he pursued his first career as a banker. On the side, he coached girls basketball.
“I loved it,” he said. “I spent days at work thinking about coaching. I’ve never been a cubicle kind of person.”
He remembers thinking, “If I could work with kids always, it’d be like not even working.”
Cue Wallrath’s second career: He moved to Minnesota to pursue his master’s at the University of Minnesota and started work as a business teacher at Champlin Park High School.
But Wallrath knew that he wanted to work in Coon Rapids.
“The community reminds me of where I grew up – hard working, middle class people,” he said. “My heart is here at this school with these kids.”
CRHS Principal Annette Ziegler agrees.
“He truly cares about the Coon Rapids community and how activities enrich the lives of our students,” she said. “He is incredibly positive and passionate about every single student at Coon Rapids High School.”
He earned his administrative licensure and eventually landed his dream job at CRHS.
Since assuming the role of activities director in early August, “it’s been a whirlwind,” Wallrath said. “There are so many idiosyncrasies to this job.”
With support from his colleagues and a great coaching staff, the fall season is shaping up to be a great one.
“I think there’s a real buzz surrounding our program,” he said. “The work that goes on off the field equates to results,” not necessarily in a win-loss record, but in growth in pursuit of that perfect record.
When he isn’t cheering the Cardinals on from the stands, Wallrath is with his family – wife, Sarah Carlson-Wallrath; daughter Addison, 9; and son, Jack, 7.