Retired Lincoln-Way East Athletic Director to be inducted into IADA Hall of FameTuesday, February 20, 2018
On the evening of May 5, 2018, former Lincoln-Way East Athletic Director David Brost will be inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA) Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held in Peoria, Illinois at the Embassy Suites by Hilton East Peoria Riverfront Hotel at 6:00 p.m. Brost is one of just five Athletic Directors in the state to receive this prestigious honor.
After spending six years as the Athletic Director at his alma mater of Reavis High School, Brost began his 13-year career with District 210 in 1999. At the time, students at Lincoln-Way High School spanned across two campuses. With a growing student population, in 2001, the two campuses became separate high schools: Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East. Although the Griffins did not house a senior class their first year, under Brost’s leadership, the Lincoln-Way East Girls Softball Team won the State Championship. Three short years later, the Griffin Football Team earned their first State Championship.
While his record of winning teams is impressive, many would argue that Brost’s leadership within the community outshines his teams’ victories. While at Lincoln-Way East, Brost established many recognition programs for athletes, “superfans,” community members and staff members. Maintenance crew, coaches and administrative members were frequently recognized for their contributions and support of Griffin athletics. “Fall, winter, and spring awards nights were my favorite of the year,” says Brost.
Although he retired in 2012, he clearly left his mark on both students and staff. Unbeknownst to Brost, in the fall of 2017, Lincoln-Way Central Athletic Director Matthew Lyke nominated Brost to the IADA Hall of Fame. On January 29, 2018, Brost was notified of his upcoming induction by the IADA Executive Committee.
Though his career is impressive, Brost still credits others with his success. “Being inducted into the IADA Hall of Fame is mainly because of the people I worked with at Reavis and Lincoln-Way East,” he says. “Although I’m truly honored to receive this award, I know it’s definitely ‘not about Dave,’ but it was a team effort from the coaches, the secretaries, the maintenance people to administration and staff, the community members and, of course, the students.”
Although his children graduated from District 210 before his career at East, Brost still lives in the Lincoln-Way area and regularly follows the success of the Griffins. “And as you can see Lincoln-Way East keeps rolling on,” he says. “They keep having success in all areas. Go East, Go Griffins, Go Blue!”