The opportunity presented itself for Frank Shreve, and he couldn't pass it up.
Shreve was approved at Monday's Board of Education to become Grand Valley's Director of Athletics.
The contract started Monday and runs through July 31, 2023.
Shreve takes over for Terry Hejduk, who will be head of buildings, maintenance, grounds and custodial.
"I've been working with Terry the past few years," said Shreve, who had been the athletic director at Grand River Academy.
Shreve is excited about the opportunity at GV.
"A lot of everything happening at Grand Valley has been positive," he said. "I want to continue to help provide a good opportunity for student-athletes and the coaches."
GV Superintendent Dr. William R. Nye Jr., said: "We are excited to have Frank Shreve head our athletic department. He has experience in athletic management and understands the issues that come along with a small rural community school setting."
One big difference, he said, from GRA to GV is the size of the school.
"At Grand River, there were 80-100 students, all boys," Shreve said. "Now, I'm going to a local school district with about 1,100 students."
He said challenges remain across the state of Ohio due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"You have to be able to change on a dime and be flexible and do everything we can to be safe for both our athletes and the community," Shreve said.
A native of Buckhannon, West Virginia, Shreve earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and dual masters from the United States Sports Academy in sports management and sports coaching.
Shreve has more than 10 years experience in athletics administration. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Virginia Tech, a dual master’s degree in sports management and sports coaching from the United States Sports Academy, CAA Certification through the NIAA and a National Coaching License through U.S. Soccer.
Shreve served as GRA's director of athletics, dean of students and head soccer coach. In his tenure, GRA earned two conference championships in basketball and soccer. The soccer program also earned seven consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Awards, two sportsmanship and ethics awards and most recently, the Pinnacle Award for last school year.
Shreve has been pleased with the transition.
"This isn't my first time starting in a school year," he said. "Working with Terry and Dr. Nye has been smooth."
He's also looking at the opportunity to create more opportunities at GV.
"There seems to be an interest in building Middle School soccer programs," Shreve said.
Most of all, though, he just wants to get going.
"I'm happy to be aboard and look forward to working with the great people of Grand Valley," Shreve said.
Shreve and his wife, Erin, have a son, Robbie, who will turn 8 on Friday.