Athletic Director Grant Conzaman has announced his retirement, effective June 28, 2013, marking 40 years of service to Walsh Jesuit High School.
“Grant is the consummate gentleman and has been an outstanding Athletic Director and employee for 40 years,” Walsh President Karl Ertle said. “He truly exemplifies our mission, which he has carried down through our coaching staff, our parents and all involved with the Walsh Jesuit athletic community. His tireless work ethic and commitment to not only the Walsh Jesuit athletic program, but the Walsh Jesuit community is irreplaceable, and he truly will be missed.”
Conzaman began his career at Walsh as a guidance and college counselor in 1973. In the fall of 1978, he was named Athletic Director.
From 1978 until 1994, Conzaman served as both Athletic Director and counselor, becoming full-time Athletic Director in 1994.
During his 40 years as the head of the school’s athletic program, Walsh has won 37 state championship titles, seven national titles and over 50 individual state champions. He has also expanded the men’s program from eight sports to include soccer, swimming and diving, bowling, lacrosse, volleyball and ice hockey. In addition, Conzaman was instrumental in the establishment of the competitive women’s program in 1993 when the school moved to coeducation.
Under Conzaman’s direction, Walsh hosts a variety of annual tournaments in cross country, golf, volleyball and track and field. He also founded and is the director of the Ironman Wrestling Tournament, a tournament that attracts top wrestlers from across the country.
Conzaman has served as the tournament director for Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSSA) regional, and state semifinal soccer games, and sectional wrestling. He also serves as a mentor for new high school athletic directors in the area.
Conzaman has received numerous accolades for not only his contributions to Walsh athletics, but to the students and coaches he serves as well. In 2006, he was honored by the Northeast Ohio Alliance of Catholic Athletic Administrators as the Athletic Director of the Year.
In 2007, Walsh’s Athletic Booster Club established an annual scholarship in his name that provides $1,500 to two graduating student athletes. The award honors student athletes who possess a strong work ethic and desire to be a team player. The award is a testament to Conzaman’s leadership style, a man behind the scenes, quietly doing the right thing. In 2009, Conzaman was also awarded the Sportsmanship Ethics and Integrity Award from the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Conzaman and his wife, Chris, have been married for 44 years and are the parents of Steve (Shauna) and Sara (Chris) Arnold. The couple have six grandchildren: Jack, 10: Lena, 8; Abby, 8: Callie, 6: Emma, 4; and Grant, 2.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio Conzaman was raised in Rocky River, graduating from Rocky River High School in 1965. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1969 and a master’s degree in higher education from Cleveland State University in 1971. He also completed doctoral work in counseling at the University of Akron from 1971-1975.
Prior to joining Walsh, Conzaman taught science at Cleveland’s Central Junior High School.