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Fetsch, 29, set to take over for Carlsrud

FARGO -- Matthew Fetsch's fondest memories of the last four years as activities director at Grafton High School have been of the relationships that were forged along the way.

Now he hopes to take the same path as an assistant to the executive secretary for the North Dakota High School Activities Association.

"I feel like I'm able to work with others in all capacities," Fetsch said. "There is going to be something new that comes in front of you everyday and I'll look forward to that everyday.

Fetsch, 29, started his new job with the NDHSAA on Thursday. He takes over for Dave Carlsrud, who retired after 22 years.

Fetsch will take on many of Carlsrud's former responsibilities.

He'll work with North Dakota's prep officials, and will be the lead contact for soccer, wrestling, football, baseball, spring golf, boys basketball and hockey.

"He's very organized and has great relationship skills, which is essential to this position," NDHSAA Executive Secretary Sherm Sylling said. "He's also got youth and new ideas."

Fetsch, from Munich, said he honed his interpersonal skills during his first year as AD at Grafton. He formed relationships with several area officials while running basketball tournaments at the high school.

The married father of two said his main goal is to continue in the same direction as Carlsrud.

"Dave laid the foundation the last 22 years," he said. "Things are in great shape. But, if I hear of any new things from different states, it's something I won't be afraid to look at."

Sylling said Fetsch's fresh perspective was appealing to many of the people who helped select Fetsch for the job.

"It's always good to have a fresh perspective," Sylling said.

Fetsch endured a rigorous interview process, Sylling said. He was selected as one of three finalists by a screening committee before sitting before an interview committee.

Fetsch resigned from Grafton in March, but stayed at the school until his contract expired on Wednesday.

"Forming relationships will be a big part of this thing," Fetsch said. "Talking with Dave, he said it will probably be the biggest thing. Hopefully, I can continue to involved in the same way."

Hotzler is a sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.