Saturday, April 25, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Wudel has plenty to do as Will C. Wood AD

By
From page OSF3 | March 13, 2014 |

Other Side of 50

Will C. Wood High athletic director Mark Wudel, 56, coaches the school's basketball team recently. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

VACAVILLE — To help him in his position as athletic director at Will C. Wood High, a friend gave Mark Wudel a list detailing everything the job entails.

Some friend. The list fills 14 pages.

“It’s a real amazing list, I was surprised,” Wudel said. “Do I do all that? I don’t think it’s worth the pay (a $3,537 stipend per school year) for a lot of things you have to go through. It doesn’t include all the parent calls – ‘When’s somebody’s game?’ ‘How come my kid isn’t playing?’ ‘How come they were cut?’ You’ve got to answer questions from parents.”

As with any athletic director, the 56-year-old Wudel’s days are filled, even before the school year begins. Even before athletes and teams can hit the floor, field, track, court or pool, there’s a lot of work to do.

It starts with making sure athletes are eligible – physically and academically – to compete.

“You are in charge of checking physicals, and that’s gone on toward where a kid has to get a doctor’s physical, (proof of) insurance, has signed a concussion form and has signed the rules of the athletic teams,” Wudel said. “So you have to check off all those things for them to be cleared to participate in practice or conditioning so the district isn’t liable, that they’re physically fit.”

Then come the grades. Each athlete needs to have a grade point average of at least 2.0 to be eligible.

“That’s the simple stuff,” Wudel said, but it’s not a one-time thing involving just a few individuals. That checking of approximately 600 students starts before the school year begins to make sure athletes were eligible at the end of the previous year. Then there are quarter and semester grade checks throughout the year, a task complicated by seasons extending over more than one grading period.

Transfers add several more levels of paperwork – and headaches.

Making sure there are qualified coaches to lead the teams is another time-consuming task, even if a coach is returning. Wudel’s list of “things to cover each year” with coaches has 22 items.

With athletes and coaches in place, there’s the matter of the games, matches and meets. Wudel is in charge of making sure Wood’s athletic teams have proper equipment and uniforms, that officials have been lined up for home games and that transportation is arranged for road contests.

There’s also the little thing of “paying for all the stuff,” Wudel said. “Are you making enough money from ticket sales and snack bars so you can pay for officials? They don’t let you go in the hole so you have to watch your budget.”

Wudel said Wood gets about $30,000 from the Vacaville School District each year for athletics, but the annual cost for fielding teams in 17 sports is approximately $80,000.

“We have to make up for it on concessions, gate, donations and fundraising,” he said.

Wudel said he makes a to-do list each night for what he has to get done the next day. Some days the list works, others he has to throw it away.

“Sometimes you don’t go home. You stay at work until you get stuff done,” he said. “That’s when you have long nights. . . . It’s not like a 9-to-5 job. You have to get things done because it has to be there for tomorrow or you can’t get your athletics going.”

Wudel’s own high school days at Tokay High School in Lodi – as part of the school’s first freshmen class – were less complicated. He fondly remembered scoring the first soccer goal in school history and also participated in basketball and track before graduating in 1976.

He began his coaching career as a boys basketball assistant at Cordova High in Rancho Cordova in 1984, and became the head coach at Vacaville in 1989.

Wudel moved over to Wood in 2004 and became athletic director two years later.

Wudel earned his master’s degree from United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Ala., to help prepare him for the job.

Wudel pointed out that the average athletic director in California lasts just five years in the position because of the difficulties involved.

How long does he plan to stick it out?

“Right now, I love doing it,” Wudel said. “There’s headaches like with any job. . . . It’s not going to be any easier. As long as I’m enjoying it, I’m going to keep doing it.”

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Transportation leaders point to need for funding changes

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Together to remember children lost to violence

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
‘Cinderella’ carries on despite theater flood

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
3 letters to Vacaville may cost $100,000 to answer

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Church offers free Southern Gospel concert

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Summer Spare the Air season set to start

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

 
Suisun City police log: April 23, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Fairfield police log: April 23, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Commercial weight loss programs come under scrutiny

By Scott Anderson | From Page: B10

Food often a conduit to something more

By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

 
.

US / World

San Francisco Catholics deeply divided over archbishop

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Colleges starting to offer brewing courses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Hate crime charges for homeless beating suspect

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Supreme Court ruling keeps sex offender registration in place

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

SFPD to pay for settlement of wrongful termination suit

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
16 students injured when school stage collapses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Thousands march to mark anniversary of Armenian massacres

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Man ordered to stand trial for kidnap, rape charges

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Nuclear launch officers charged in drug case

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Rubio looking to gain support in Iowa

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Hep C, HIV cases spike throughout Indiana

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Obama uses hospital funds to help push for Medicaid expansion

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Hawaii raises smoking age to 21

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Police: Gray should have received medical treatment

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

US completing review of hostage policy following drone strikes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
Italy police arrest nine terror suspects in sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

Yemen rebels ordered to pull back

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

 
Chaos in the primaries

By Thomas Sowell | From Page: A8, 3 Comments

Joy of baseball back in my life

By Deon Price | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
.

Living

Today in History: April 25, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: April 25, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: April 25, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Daughters’ ex is determined to turn their children against her

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

.

Entertainment

Seriously silly, Monty Python reunites for a weekend tribute

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

.

Sports

SCC baseball team wins to claim share of BVC title

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1, 2 Comments

 
Ynoa, Butler send Rockies to 6-4 win over Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Vikings fall to Jaguars 4-3 in 8 innings

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1

 
After working OT in NBA playoffs, Curry, Rose can earn rest

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Swafford, Weekley atop Zurich Classic leaderboard

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Logano wins pole at Richmond, his third of the season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Usain Bolt: Gay’s reduced doping ban sends wrong message

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Scott Dixon is chasing IndyCar wins leaders, not spotlight

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ducking the spotlight, some stars decide to skip NFL draft

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Garber: MLS plan in 6 months to expand beyond 24 teams

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Dortmund, American Pharoah vie for favorite in 141st Derby

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Harden, Howard lead Rockets to 130-128 win, 3-0 lead on Mavs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Olympic sailing events may be moved from Rio’s polluted bay

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Bowyer and Stewart looking for good runs at Richmond

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Oregon wins distance medley relay at Penn Relays

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Goodell: LA projects viable for bringing back team

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Former Buckeyes teammates Cook, Sindelar top Legends of Golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Signups for Saturday, April 25, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B3

.

Business

Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
What could McDonald’s do to fix its business?

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Durable goods orders up, but business investment falls again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Harley recalls nearly 46,000 motorcycles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Comcast abandons Time Warner Cable bid after gov’t pushback

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
Cheaper fuel has airlines soaring to record profits

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

Wynn Resorts shareholders: Elaine Wynn won’t return to board

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix door latches

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

.

Obituaries

Kirk Noonan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sandra King

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Elizabeth Cepeda

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Comics

Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
.

Home Seller 4/25/2015

Ask a Designer: decorating with spring pastels

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR1 | Gallery

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage slips to 3.65 percent

By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

Real estate transactions for April 25, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3