In sports parlance, Dan Vosnos scouted Homewood-Flossmoor thoroughly.
When he learned H-F was hiring an athletic director, Vosnos, currently the Jacobs athletic and activities director, talked to other ADs, as well as people who had worked at H-F. He knew late Vikings AD Alec Anderson, who died while working out at school last fall, from years ago when they worked together at Evanston.
Vosnos felt he had a good feel for H-F, and District 233 liked what it saw in Vosnos, who was hired as the school’s director of athletics and activities at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Vosnos, 35, takes over the position at H-F on July 1.
“I had just talked to Alec last year about all the positive things going on at the school,” said Vosnos, who came to Jacobs before the 2011-12 school year. “Jacobs has a lot of positive things too. Homewood-Flossmoor has more programs than we offer in District 300 and there’s a lot of opportunity to grow as a professional.”
Vosnos came to Jacobs after eight years at Evanston as assistant athletic director. He graduated from Glenbrook South in 1997 and from Illinois Wesleyan in 2001. He played linebacker for the Titans’ football team and later earned a Master’s degree from Northeastern and a Master’s in administrative leadership from National Louis University.
“It will be bittersweet, leaving one family to go to another,” Vosnos said. “I’m going to miss Jacobs, the kids, the coaches and staff. With some of the young coaches we’ve hired, I feel really good about where Jacobs is headed.”
After Anderson’s death in the fall, assistant AD Gail Smith and football coach Craig Buzea shared the duties for the 2013-14 school year.
“I knew about the job and had conversations with people to see if it’s the right fit for me,” Vosnos said. “It’s consistently one of the top high schools in the state.”
Vosnos is excited about the school’s resources, particularly a new half indoor field turf facility for football. Although the school received notoriety this year for another reason when the girls basketball team, one of the state’s best programs, was suspended from the playoffs.
Vikings girls basketball coach Anthony Smith allegedly had illegally recruited players, six of whom transferred to H-F this year and had played for Smith’s travel team last spring and summer. Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the board voted 4-3 to not renew Smith’s contract.
Vosnos and his wife Elizabeth live in the River North area of Chicago where she is an investment banker. He said his daily commute will be cut by 17 miles.
“We are extremely excited to have Dan Vosnos coming on board at H-F,” H-F superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield said. “He is a seasoned athletic director whose experiences will provide a solid foundation for our athletic programming and will elevate us to the next level. He has a high degree of enthusiasm and positive energy that will surely ignite the passion in our student-athletes, coaches and the community.”