Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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 pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. 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

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Menorah on Main begins celebration of Hanukkah

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Haynes, Travis district part company

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A1, 5 Comments

     
    Optimist Club welcomes student essays

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3

    Police arrest 5 on DUI allegations

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 3 Comments

     
    Free new home heater warms Solano family

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

     
     
    Crash blocks part of Air Base Parkway

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Police arrest 4 for suspected marijuana sales

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

     
     
    ‘Hobbit’ story ends on big screen

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7

     
    Icon Aircraft wants to rename 2 Vacaville streets

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A8

     
    Council delays decision on anti-smoking ordinance

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A8

     
    Police arrest man caught driving stolen car

    By Ian Thompson | From Page: A8

     
    Fairfield police log: Dec. 14, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

    Faifield police log: Dec. 12, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

     
    Suisun City police log: Dec. 14, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

    Suisun City police log: Dec. 12, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A12, 1 Comment

     
    .

    US / World

    Quotes from around the world on Pakistan attack

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    A look at the Pakistani Taliban militant group

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

     
    State retiree health care gap reaches $72 billion

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9, 4 Comments

    Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

     
    Cosby won’t be charged over molestation claim

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

     
    End game: No immigration deal, just divisions

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

    Jeb Bush to ‘actively explore’ run for president

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 2 Comments

    Gay vets can march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A13, 1 Comment

     
    Sydney siege victims lauded for courage, kindness

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

    Horror over deadly Sydney siege turns to anger

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

     
    Aussie leader: System failed to track siege gunman

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

    Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

     
    Eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

    Filipino mayor expresses support for Guam statue

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

     
    Employees arrested for baby theft in Guatemala

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

    Israel arrests members of Jewish extremist group

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

     
    Ireland plans May vote on legalizing gay marriage

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A14

    .

    Opinion

     
    LA looks to election shift to boost turnout

    By Dan Walters | From Page: A11

     
    What is Hanukkah’s significance?

    By The Rev. Dan Molyneux | From Page: A11, 9 Comments

    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Dec. 17, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A2

     
    Today in History: Dec. 17, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Dec. 17, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B6

     
    My teenage daughter seems to be cutting me out of her life

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B6

    A chocolatey rich coconut cream pie for Christmas

    By Elizabeth Karmel | From Page: B7

     
    Go Italian this Christmas with lobster manicotti

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    Dressing up a simple hash for Christmas brunch

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Entertainment

    Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A5

    Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Fixes planned for clinic that treated Joan Rivers

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    .

    Sports

    Chris Borland’s rookie 49ers season likely over

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Some Raiders players want Sparano in 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    Fairfield grad Bishop signs with 49ers

    By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Memphis stops Golden State’s 16-game win streak

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    College football playoff participants stack AP All-America team

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Raiders place LB Sio Moore on IR

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Patriots regain top spot in AP Pro32 rankings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Rodriguez girls finally get win over Monte Vista

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

     
    Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout, 20 rounds

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Bills deliver Lions pizza, wings for hospitality

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    .

    Business

    T-Mobile to let customers carry over unused data

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

    California home prices cool in November on sluggish sales

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Apple stops sales in Russia, citing unstable ruble

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

    Obama backs bill imposing new sanctions on Russia

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B9, 5 Comments

     
    Sony hackers reference 9/11 in new threats against theaters

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

    Russian ruble sinks sharply despite bank rate hike

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Collie Joseph Blossom

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

     
    Calvin B. Shin

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 3 Comments

    Jennie Ponce Reyes

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Patricia “Pat” Anne Stringfield-Pierre

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    James Nelson

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Comics

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6