Grochow retires – RHS coach and educator stepping down after 30 years
Scott Grochow, Rugby High School math teacher and athletic director will be retiring at the end of this school year after 30 years of teaching at RHS.
Grochow, who started at RHS in the fall of 1987, thought he and his wife of three weeks, at the time, would only be staying in Rugby for two to four years. “I wanted to be here,” Grochow said about why they stayed. “It’s a great place, and there’s a lot of quality people around here. There are a lot of places that people could raise a family, and this is as good as any of them. My wife and I feel really strongly about that. It’s been a really good experience.”
Grochow, having been involved with athletics for over 40 years and teaching for over 30 years, said that he is retiring for a variety of reasons. One of those things is time. In education, teachers are eligible to retire with an added total of age and years of service. For Grochow, it’s 85. “It’s just time,” he said. “I’m eligible to. It has nothing to do with not enjoying the classroom or not enjoying the coaching or anything like that. It’s just, it’s time.”
The longtime coach is looking forward to spending more time with his family, now that he will not be committed to a full-time career. With both of his children now coaching, Kaycee in volleyball and Mitch in football, Grochow would like to sit and watch them on the court and/or field for a change. “For a lot of years, my family, especially my kids and my wife, took a backseat to my coaching. Now this is my chance to go watch them, rather than they come watch me,” he said.
As for where he goes from here, Grochow said that he honestly doesn’t know. “I’m not 100 percent sure of what I’m going to do. There are a few different things that are in line, so I can’t say that I know exactly what I’m going to do,” he said. One thing is for certain, however, that he will remain in Rugby. “I know this much, for at least the next few years, and probably beyond, [my wife and I] will be in Rugby. We’re not looking to leave.” Grochow’s wife, Kerry, still has a few years left in her profession and would like to finish her career in Rugby.
“The one thing I can say is that [people] can expect me to support the community and to support the school because I think that it is very much a quality place. The community, the school, and the administration have all been very supportive of me and my family. The biggest thing I want to say is thank you for all of that,” Grochow said.
Grochow plans to remain involved in the school athletics, attending games and events, as usual. After participating and coaching in sports for over 40 years, he feels that he cannot simply walk away. “People have asked me if I would consider [being athletic director] in the future, and I may. It’s one of those thing where come July or August, [the school] doesn’t have one, maybe,” Grochow said.
According to Grochow, there is not one moment that he will be taking away with him when he retires, but a collection of moments. Reflecting on the students he has both taught and coached, the friends he has made in his coworkers, and the events he has taken part in both in the classroom and on the field, Grochow said he is going to miss his time at RHS.
One thing Grochow hopes that came out of his career is a positive impact. “The one thing I hope is that if athletes and students got half as much out of me as I got out of them, then I think it’s been very beneficial,” he said. “They have given me so much, and in their own way, have inspired me to do things that have gotten me through some things that weren’t really good. If I was able to do that for any of them in any small way, then I feel like I made a contribution.”
Of all the many people that have influenced Grochow over the years in his profession, he said that it was the late Charles Hanneman, who RHS’s gymnasium is named after, who had the biggest impact on his life as a coach and as a person. “I learned a lot from him about how to communicate with people and how to listen and try to understand people,” he said.
During his career, Grochow has seen teams go on to win state track meets and make it to championship football games, but the things that he remembers most, however, are the connections he has made with his students and athletes. “Sometimes the biggest things are when the students and athletes come back and talk to you about things. To understand that they have learned something from you, and that they have taken something positive away from what you’ve done, that probably is bigger than anything else,” he said.
In a true going out in style fashion, Grochow will be inducted into the national coaches association hall of fame this summer, a testament of all he has done as both a coach and an educator.
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