Brookfield East athletic director Jeremy Martin was busy hiring people last week, adding a wrestling coach and a girls cross-country coach.

Matt Thull was hired as the Spartans' new coach of the girls cross-country team, the school announced June 3.

He comes to Brookfield East after four seasons as the head girls cross-country coach at Alverno College. Before that, he spent six seasons as head coach at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee.

Additionally, he is the owner and running coach of ThunderDome Running, where he trains elite, professional runners as well as beginners.

'His passion has always been in teaching and coaching, and he has dedicated his time and talents to coach runners of all ages and abilities over the past 18 years,' Martin said.

Thull is an accomplished world class runner himself. While running for the UW-Oshkosh cross-country and track teams, he was a nine-time All-American and 10-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion in a number of distance events.

The day before, the Spartans announced Andy Mueller as the new wrestling coach.

Mueller is a Brookfield East staff member and brings several years of wrestling experience to the program, having been involved with wrestling for over 30 years as a wrestler and coach.

Most recently Mueller was an assistant coach for the Spartans. Before arriving at East, he was the head wrestling coach at West Bend East and an assistant wrestling coach in Texas, where he earned statewide recognition as Assistant Wrestling Coach of the Year.

'Coach Mueller is passionate about wrestling and developing high-character student-athletes and a winning program,' Martin said. 'In his short time at Brookfield East, he has already built strong relationships in the program and is highly regarded as a coach. I know that he will be very successful in rebuilding our wrestling program to its winning tradition.'

Mueller is also excited about the opportunity.

'I am excited to be named the head wrestling coach at Brookfield East,' he said. 'There is currently a tremendous group of high school student-athletes, and we will work toward taking them to that next level. As a coach, I am excited about the strong middle school program and the development of a youth program.

'The future looks bright.'