ZIONSVILLE – Josh Larsh wasn’t actively looking to leave his post as athletic director at Avon.
But when the opportunity to become an athletic director at Zionsville arose, it was an opportunity he felt like he had to pursue.
Earlier this month, Zionsville announced they would be hiring Larsh as their second athletic director to work with Greg Schallhase. He will begin his duties in mid-February.
“I’m very excited to get started at Zionsville,” Larsh said. “Avon High School is a great place, and I have nothing bad to say about Avon. But Zionsville is a great place as well. Personally, it’s a little closer to home – my mom’s family grew up in Boone County and I grew up right across the border in Clinton County. Greg Schallhase has an impeccable reputation in our world, and to be in a growing school that is strong academically and athletically, it was definitely appealing.”
During his year and a half at Avon, the Orioles won six sectional championships and won the HCC title in softball.
Prior to coming to Avon, he spent 15 years at Western High School, including eight as an athletic director.
He said being in the same conference as Zionsville for the past 19 months, he has come away impressed with his interactions with Eagle teams and fans.
“They are successful at the conference level, which I think is the best top to bottom in the state,” Larsh said. “But they are successful at the state level too. They have great coaches and it is always a pleasure when you host Zionsville with their fans, parents, student athletes and coaches. I have always enjoyed talking to them and watching them compete, and whenever you travel to Zionsville – that’s a game you look forward to. They are well respected, they are well regarded and that’s for a reason.”
Leaving from one job to the next in the middle of the school year is never easy.
But Larsh said having some familiarity with Zionsville and knowing Schallhase from working together on Hoosier Crossroads Conference matters will help make the transition easier.
“Greg and I are both professionals, and I am bring a little different perspective on things,” Larsh said. “There is definitely a level of respect there and you want to make each other better and push each other. I look forward to learning from Greg and things he can teach me, and hopefully there a few things I can teach him too and help him out. Knowing each other from being in the same conference definitely helps.”
Larsh is expected to start at Zionsville on Feb. 13.