Hornung leaving Sunnyside

Successful athletic director moving back to Minnesota

— People were paying attention as Reed Hornung worked his way to special recognition over two years as athletic director at Sunnyside High School.

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Reed Hornung

A school district in Minneapolis-St. Paul called and has swept him away.

It was an offer Hornung couldn’t refuse. The job was close to home.

“That’s where I was raised and graduated from high school,” he said.

Hornung will be a district athletic director in the Twin Cities, as he was here.

On the advice of a friend in the Yakima Valley, Hornung came to Sunnyside for his first job in school administration as the athletic director.

He was named regional classified employee of the year for Educational Services District No. 105 this year.

“Building relationship with coaches and players was the most rewarding aspect of the job,” he said.

Hornung was pleased to see 16 Sunnyside teams participate in state tournaments, eight in each of his two years.

Football went both years, and boys basketball went for the first time in 20 years.

The No. 1 accomplishment, he said, was watching the athletes score a 3.04 grade-point average for the entire athletic department. That was every sport and every student, grades 9-12, he said.

Hornung leaves Thursday.



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