CGHS Front Row: Go Ask Joanny
Writer / Leigh Lawson . Photos / Provided
The Athletic Department of Center Grove High School is a bustling place. They balance the many teams’ schedules and needs, while encouraging all the students to do their best scholastically and athletically. Under the leadership of Athletic Director Jon Zwitt, CGHS athletics are a powerful force of reckoning. Zwitt’s staff includes Assistant Athletic Director Scott Knapp and Athletic Department Secretary Joanny Tolle. They are a dynamic team, but often if you have a question regarding CGHS athletics, you will hear the familiar phrase, “Go ask Joanny.”
Zwitt considers Tolle to be an integral member of his team. Tolle, a member of CGHS athletics since 2004, handles a long list of responsibilities. She is a talented multitasker, earning the respect and trust of the community. Zwitt offers high praise, saying, “Whether it is parents, students, teachers or coaches, they all tend to lean this direction for her expertise and assistance. The coaches depend on her. The community relies on her helpful assistance. Teachers and event workers look to her for direction. People trust Joanny and have the upmost confidence in her daily abilities.”
According to Zwitt, the expectations are high for his department, and Tolle produces quality outcomes. She is intuitive, which is an asset to the athletic department in handling the unforeseen. He counts on her exceptional job performance in the face of demanding situations. He admires her ability to juggle so much while making it seem much easier than it truly is. He makes it incredibly apparent that she is a valued member of his team. “Joanny continues to be professional and is a tremendous ambassador for the Athletic Department. I value Joanny as a trusted colleague, yet appreciate her friendship.”
Tolle is not one that avoids challenges or adversity. She offers her daily, caring assistance to coaches, anxious parents and of course students. She relishes being able to witness student athletes succeed in school and their sports. It is her undeniable joy to see former CGHS student athletes and learn of their successes. It is her belief that involvement in athletics promotes responsibility in all aspects of the lives of students.
So many people value the contributions that Tolle brings to the athletic office. She attributes this to her desire to be a “people pleaser” and need to give attention to the details. She embodies the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She knows how vital it is to distribute the crucial information to everyone and does her absolute best in this regard. All is diligently done out of the wealth of love that she has for her CGHS family. She offers her best for every student, parent and coach.
With the numerous accomplishments of CGHS athletics, it was difficult for her to pinpoint a favorite memory. After some deliberation, the state championship for the football team in 2008 rose as a momentous highlight of her time thus far. “I hate to pick one because of the friendships and memories I have gained from all of our coaches and athletes and events, but if I have to pick one, it would be the 2008 State Football Championship wherein our athletes and coaches continued to persist, even though the odds seemed stacked against them. It really showed me what perseverance means. We believed, and we succeeded!”
Tolle will be enjoying the next few years even more than usual as her youngest son Justin plays on the CGHS football and baseball teams. In store for this sports fan are wonderful new memories as she mixes her love for her family and the job she adores.