By Chad Courrier firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mankato Free Press
---- — MANKATO — For the last year, Brian Fell has commuted every weekday from his family's home in St. Peter to his job as the actvities director at Bloomington Jefferson. His drive got a lot shorter Tuesday.
Fell, 40, was named the activities director at Mankato West.
"I really liked it at Bloomington Jefferson and had a great experience there," Fell said. "But this opportunity was very appealing."
Fell, who is from Jackson, is a 1995 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, where he played on the men's basketball team. He taught and coached girls basketball at Osceola, Wis., for seven years before becoming the assistant athletic director at Hopkins for two years. He has six years of experience as an activities director, with three years at Mound-Westonka and three years at Bloomington Jefferson.
He said he's observed from afar some of the success that West programs have had over the years, particulary in football.
"Football is the headline-grabber, but I've seen all-around excellence with many of their programs," Fell said.
Fell's wife, formerly Nissa Stolp, is a Mankato West (1996) and Gustavus grad, and the couple have two children, Lydia, 3, and Charlie, 1. The family moved to St. Peter about a year ago.
Fell replaces Ken Essay, who is now the principal at Garfield Elementary School. Fell begins his new job Monday.
"I'm excited to get there and get started," Fell said. "The biggest thing for me is to get familiar with the people, places and things. My whole family is excited."