Charles Gross

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Charlie Gross was named Director of Athletics for Carroll College on January 4, 2016, and assumed his duties on March 7, 2016. 

Gross came to Carroll from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he served as the Senior Associate Director for Finance and Administration.   

Gross has an extensive background in athletic administration and intercollegiate athletics having served as a senior administrator, head coach, and athlete, during his 29-plus years of involvement in intercollegiate and high school athletics. 

In his seven years at Milwaukee, Gross oversaw the department's business operations, human resources, capital projects, camps and clinics, corporate sponsorship and served as the administrator for the baseball, women's volleyball, and cross country and track and field programs. 

In addition to proven experience in revenue development, Gross was the administrative lead on numerous capital projects, established marketing strategies that resulted in record season ticket sales, and developed a corporate sponsorship program that resulted in a significant increase in corporate sales.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Gross served nine years as an administrator in two high-profile high school athletics programs.  He served as the Director of Athletics and Recreation for the Mequon-Thiensville School District for seven years. He also worked as an assistant activities director at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minn., for two years.

He also has extensive experience as a college coach having served eight seasons as the head men's basketball coach at NCAA DIII University of Wisconsin–La Crosse.  

In addition, he was the men's soccer and basketball coach at Maine Maritime Academy and Loras College, as well as a graduate assistant men's basketball coach at Bowling Green State University.  

Gross received his Masters of Education in Athletic Administration from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 1989, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in accounting and philosophy from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1986. 

Charlie and his wife, Barb, have four children: Willie, Kacie, Carlie, and Henry.