As Woodstock North athletic director, Brady Stromquist has overseen the Thunder’s most successful times in a number of sports.
North won back-to-back Class 3A regional volleyball titles in the last two seasons, grabbed a boys basketball regional last year and won sectionals in boys track and field last spring and girls tennis last fall, all firsts in the 11-year-old school’s history.
Stromquist has enjoyed his five years as Thunder AD and seeing that growth, but he is moving on after this school year. Stromquist, 46, and his wife Tristi both grew up east of the Quad Cites and are returning there with their two children.
Stromquist, one of two ADs in North’s history, will become the assistant principal at Monmouth-Roseville for the 2020-21 school year.
“The biggest thing I’ll remember is watching our kids and coaches combine (to) kind of take that next step,” Stromquist said. “We didn’t have a whole lot of success in the (Fox Valley Conference). Switching to the (Kishwaukee River Conference) was a good move that (former North AD) Nic (Kearfott) and (former Woodstock AD) Glen (Wilson) and some of those guys had set up. We started getting some success conference-wise and pulled off some IHSA postseason stuff.”
Stromquist grew up in Cambridge. Tristi is from Geneseo. They have a son, Reed (6) and a daughter, Freya (3). By moving, they will be much closer to their families on both sides.
“My kids have missed out on opportunities to be around their cousins and grandparents,” Stromquist said. “We figured it was a chance to spend more time with them and reconnect after being gone the last five years.”
As AD, Stromquist also must supervise at many events after school is over. As assistant principal, he will have more time to see his own children participate in activities.
“We were running a volleyball tournament in the fall and Reed was playing soccer, his first team sport,” Stromquist said. “I was finishing something up for a tournament and was running to watch him play and missed his first goal. Those are things I don’t want to miss.”
District 200 superintendent Mike Moan appreciates what Stromquist has done at North.
“Brady hired coaches and supported programs that have won the first regional and conference championships in a number of sports,” Moan said. “He truly has built much of the Thunder Pride that exists at Woodstock North. He bleeds teal and has a great passion for our teams, our coaches and, most importantly, our students. He always puts our students first and that is an amazing legacy he is leaving.”
Stromquist sees his AD role as one where he supports the coaches and athletes and makes their jobs as easy as possible.
“I want to take away all the little extra things so they don’t have to worry about them,” he said. “All those things are taken care of. My role is to be there and support them when they have issues and questions, to guide them and set up programs for success during the season and long-term.”