Trent Hintermeister has worn many hats during his history with Brandon-Evansville.
It started as a student-athlete before his graduation in 2009. His professional life in the school district has included a role as a special education teacher for three years. It’s transformed into being the dean of students at B-E, along with serving as the varsity boys basketball coach and assistant baseball coach. Now Hintermeister will add activities director to his list of responsibilities for the Chargers after he was officially approved for the position at the B-E School Board meeting on June 15.
“I love extracurricular activities. That’s everything from the athletic side of things to speech or the plays or drama or knowledge bowl,” Hintermeister said on June 23. “I think having extracurricular activities in high school is such an important part of the educational side of things. Oftentimes, it’s what gives kids something to look forward to or something to look toward to continue to try to do their best academically.”
Hintermeister, 29, takes over for Nate Meissner, who resigned at the end of this past school year to take a position as the high school principal in the Minnewaska School District.
Hintermeister has seen the ups and downs of Charger athletics. He said he was never part of a winning team during his playing days as an athlete, but he always wanted to see that change. He takes over now with most of the programs at B-E consistently posting winning records over the last three years.
The Chargers’ football team played in the Class 9-man, Section 4 title game last fall. Volleyball had an 18-8 record and a conference championship ahead of the B-E boys and girls basketball teams both finishing with winning records.
“We’ve developed a cross country program at the school,” Hintermeister said of B-E’s recent history. “Baseball and softball have been successful. The track and field program keeps getting better. We have few kids in wrestling with West Central Area-Ashby, but they too are successful. I would say (my goal is) just to continue that success and try to continue to make Brandon-Evansville somebody that no matter who plays us, we’re going to give them our best.”
Hintermeister said there was no one definitive moment that led to him knowing he wanted to hold roles like this in his home school district. But he says he is grateful to be in the position he is with a community he has so much history with.
“As a young kid, you usually fall in love with where you grew up,” he said. “As you get older, sometimes that fades away as you get other opportunities, but for whatever reason, that love of Charger athletics never really left. I’m looking forward to trying to make it better.”
Hintermeister wants all of the programs he now oversees to be competitive on a yearly basis. He believes that’s doable with a group of coaches he is excited to work with.
“You’re not going to win all your games,” Hintermeister said. “That’s not possible, but to be competitive and have athletes who represent the community in a positive way, I feel like we have that right now. We have a lot of really great kids, and I think a lot of that credit goes to, we just have amazing coaches. All of them. I’ve seen a lot of coaches come and go in Brandon-Evansville, and it’s really nice taking this position knowing our coaching staffs are so well developed and we have so many great coaches. I know that alone will make my job easy.”