WEST FARGO - A familiar face in West Fargo will be the new activities director of West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
Longtime West Fargo Packers coach and teacher Greg Limke will replace Ross Richards, who is retiring after nearly three decades with the school district, West Fargo Public Schools announced Thursday morning, April 23.
“I’m super excited. I can’t really describe all the feelings I have right now,” Limke said. “I’m excited for the new opportunity and sad to be leaving the Packers side. I had a great relationship there. Mixed emotions, but really looking forward to a new opportunity.”
Limke is the current head coach of the Packers boys golf team and was an assistant for West Fargo’s girls basketball team last season, also helping out with girls golf. Limke stepped down after 14 seasons at the helm of the boys basketball team in 2015.
“That’s the hard part. That’ll be the end of the coaching opportunities for now,” Limke said. “It’ll be a big change, I’ve coached for a long time.”
Limke, presently a teacher at West Fargo, holds more than 20 years of experience as a coach and three decades as an educator; spending three years as a dean of students for the Packers.
With classes moved to online and high school sports on pause, suspended indefinitely, Limke was named the new activities director at an unprecedented time in sports and education.
“I don’t know if I'll be able to return to the classroom one more day and that's something that I've done for a long time,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed teaching my finance class and economics at West Fargo High. I don’t know if that opportunity will ever come again. It’s unusual, and we’re missing sports and activities like crazy.”
Prior to taking the job at West Fargo, Limke coached the Mandan (N.D.) boys basketball team for six years, where he was also a social studies teacher from 1994 to 2001. Before his tenure with the Braves, he coached boys and girls basketball at Minot Ryan, and led the Lions boys and girls basketball teams to Class B state titles in the same school year – girls in the fall of 1993 and the boys in 1994.
Limke was also a graduate assistant for the Northern State men’s basketball team and an assistant for Concordia’s men’s hoops program, both for a season. The decorated coach has received multiple coach of the year awards, and has led sixteen teams to state tournament appearances.
The sport runs in his family. His son, Brett Limke, is a sophomore on the Packers boys basketball team.
“Obviously I’ll be all in on Mustang athletics,” he said. “When it’s time to support my son I’ll be 100% in on that as well. I guess I’ll figure out how that’s all going to work as time goes by. For now, I’m just really excited.”
Making the jump across town will be a change, but Limke is enthusiastic.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet and work with the outstanding staff at Sheyenne High School, and to work with parents and the community down there, and particularly, the student body,” he said. “I want to get to know students as much as I can and start building those relationships with everybody in the Sheyenne community as soon I can.”
The announcement comes almost two weeks after Vincent Williams was named the new principal of Sheyenne. Both Williams and Limke will begin their new roles July 1.
Current Sheyenne activities director Richards’ last day on the job will be June 30. Limke will be the second to hold the position at the school, as Richards was named the athletic director of West Fargo's soon-to-be-second high school in 2013.
“I just want to send a big thank you to all the West Fargo Packers I’ve had the opportunity to associate with for the last 19 years,” Limke said. “Those who I’ve coached and coached with, and had a chance to share part of their lives. I’m going to really miss that part of it. But I’m also excited to give this a shot and do those same things on the Sheyenne side as well.”