Included in his plan are a student advisory council on leadership training and reaching out to long-time Western fans to strengthen the community aspect of the school’s sports programs.
The new AD leaves his teaching post at Western to assume his new job duties, which begin today. He taught social studies and U.S. history at the high school. Larsh taught two years at Benton Central and has been at Western the last seven years. He’s been an assistant for the boys basketball and baseball squads, and coached track and volleyball in the middle school.
He’s expected to hit the ground running, with the aid of former AD Ryan Berryman, who stepped down at the end of the last school year but is still at the school.
“First of all, we need a boys tennis coach, that’ll be important,” Larsh said. “Mainly [my duties are] making sure that our fall sports are where they need to be to compete. They start here in a couple weeks with practice. I look forward to learning from Ryan Berryman, a close friend of mine, lean on him for support.
“Ryan and I have talked a few times here in the last couple weeks about the transition. One thing about Ryan is he has Western’s best interest in mind. He offered to help with anything he can.”
Larsh isn’t jumping in without a background in what he’s doing. Davis stressed that Larsh has been “as involved as any teacher can be involved” in supervising sporting events throughout the school year.
“We’re really excited to bring somebody in who is also a Panther to his heart and is proud to be a part of Western athletics, knows what it’s about and is ready to get the kids to the next level in all that we do,” Davis said.