Despite an injury during his sophomore year, Austin Greer is still able to mark many accomplishments from his athletic career at Notre Dame Regional High School. He played baseball his freshman, junior, and senior years and basketball all four years, earning three varsity letters for each sport.
Although Greer is an alumnus of nearly a decade, his time at Notre Dame High School as an athlete is still very special to him.
“I was given the opportunity to meet a lot of really great people, play for two Hall of Fame coaches in that of Coach Paul Hale and Coach Jeff Graviett, and reap the benefits of playing alongside some extraordinarily talented individuals, both on the court and ball field,” said Greer.
He received all-district honors for baseball his junior and senior years, as well as all-district honors for basketball his sophomore, junior and senior years. As a junior, he contributed to the state champion boys basketball team in 2008, and the following year, to the state champion baseball team.
But, Greer said it wasn’t winning two state titles that he remembers most.
“To this day, the memory that sticks with me is my sophomore year in basketball when we were playing Sikeston in Districts at the Fieldhouse, and we were the underdog. I was standing underneath the basket with 3 seconds left on the clock in the 4th quarter, and Abe Dirnberger made a buzzer beater from 30 feet to win Districts,” said Greer. “Every Notre Dame Bulldogs fan that was in the building that night rushed the court. To this day, that moment when Abe made that shot still gives me goosebumps.”
Greer went on to play baseball for two years at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. He then moved back to Southeast Missouri State University to pursue a degree in business, and graduated in 2014. In 2016, he received his masters of public affairs in administration with a specialization in city management from the University of Kansas in 2016. Greer is now the assistant city manager of Gladstone, Missouri — a position he has served in for nearly three years.
“I’m extremely humbled and honored to be inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this milestone if it wasn’t for my coaches, teammates and my family, especially my parents Robert and Sandy Greer,” he said.