Longtime Huntley High School teacher and coach Kris Grabner announced that he will be stepping back from coaching duties with the HHS girls soccer team. He will continue to coach the boys soccer team.
Over his 14 years at the helm, Grabner helped build the girls team into a perennial favorite in the conference with many recent finishes at the top of statewide rankings. He cited family and academic reasons for the decision.
“When you are a coach there are many sacrifices that are made. I have missed too many family events to even mention throughout the years,” Grabner said. “My son has three years of competitive college golf left. I would like to be there to support him. For fourteen years my wife and kids have gone on a spring break trip, and I have stayed home for soccer. I will now be able to go.”
Coach Grabner’s Girls Soccer Career Highlights
- 229-75-15 record
- 1 PepsiCo Showdown Championship
- 6 Conference Championships
- 11 consecutive Regional Championships
- 3 Sectional Championships
- 4th place in the State Tournament
In addition, Grabner will be playing a key role in the development of the school’s competency-based learning pilot program. Huntley was one of just 10 school districts to be selected to pilot competency-based learning in the State of Illinois.
Grabner will be part of the math department team creating a menu of assessments students will be able to choose from to demonstrate competence of math standards as well as developing a variety of material delivery options and policies related to the program.
He also expressed interest in pursuing his administrative licensure and potential administrative positions in the future. However, he is confident that the program will continue its success.
“From the standpoint of the program, we have an incredible group of highly qualified coaches on staff (Matt Lewandowski, Eddie Philpot, Sam Zobott, and Marta Sobie),” Grabner said. “That is a comfort knowing that the program is in very capable hands.”