DeLaSalle High School is excited to welcome Keelie Sorensen as its new Director of Student Activities. Sorensen comes to DeLaSalle, having worked in the Student Activities Office and served as Head Girls’ Soccer Coach and Co-Head Track and Field Coach at Park Center High School. Previously she was also Head Track Coach at Fridley High School.
A Cum Laude graduate of Hamline University, Sorensen was also Captain of the Track and Field team and chosen to be a member of the Hamline Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She went on to earn her Masters of Education at the University of Minnesota. Her capstone project at the U of M was in Leadership Curriculum for Student-Athletes.
“I’m really happy to be here,” said Sorensen. “I’ve always heard wonderful things about DeLaSalle – and from the very first interview, it felt right. I always told kids when they’re looking for colleges and jobs in life to follow their instinct, and everything about this process kept telling me that I wanted to be here.”
Sorensen was named Director of Student Activities following a thorough and multi-week search process. Over 100 candidates submitted applications to DeLaSalle and several compelling applicants were interviewed by a search committee chaired by principal, Jim Benson. “We were quite impressed by Keelie in the interviews,” noted Benson, “and when we started calling references, everyone that had worked with Keelie raved about her job performance as a coach and in athletic administration.”
School President, Barry Lieske, himself a former Director of Student Activities at DeLaSalle, had the final interview. “Truly we had three outstanding finalists forwarded from the search committee. Keelie was articulate, thoughtful, and clearly spoke with passion about athletic leadership and the role of coaches and moderators as mentors for young women and men. She also brings experience from her current position to areas of scheduling, finance, compliance, purchasing, hiring, communications, the Minnesota State High School League, and more. We’re quite pleased to have her join our administrative team.”
Sorensen joins Associate Director of Student Activities, Kai Brinson `09, as managers of a full activities program at DeLaSalle. Approximately 90 percent of the student body will join at least one activity at De, and over 75 percent will join two or more. The Student Activities program helps DeLaSalle students connect with the school and with each other in more meaningful ways. Many students continue their pursuit of lifelong passions in the arts, athletics, or academic clubs; others may be trying something for the first time ever. The Activities program is a large component of the student experience at De, maybe all the more so in a school which draws from over 125 middle schools across the Twin Cities.
DeLaSalle is the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, finishing its 119th year on Nicollet Island, adjacent to downtown Minneapolis. Enrollment has grown steadily for the past 29 years and now stands at 750 total students in grades 9-12. Almost 400 eighth graders have applied for one of the 200 available places in the Class of 2023. The curriculum is college preparatory, with over 98 percent or more of recent graduates matriculating to college each year. More information about DeLaSalle or its Student Activities program may be found at www.delasalle.com.