Thursday, October 2, 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

.

Solano News

 
Vacaville man earns Carnegie heroism medal

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Head-on crash sends 2 to trauma centers

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Mundy fifth-graders share their thoughts

By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

 
Veterans meet set in November

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Solano Tea Party Patriots meet next week

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Bevy of vintage warbirds expected at Nut Tree air show

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit hosts grand opening

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B6, 1 Comment

 
Weather for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

Fairfield police log: Sept. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Sept. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

FBI turns animal cruelty into top-tier felony

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

 
California Catholics challenge abortion order

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
Judge: Stockton must treat pension like other debt

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Liberia short on ambulances for Ebola patients

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Wife of slain Los Angeles-area mayor released

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Caltrans: Bay Bridge tower rods exposed to water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
2 children in Los Angeles County have enterovirus

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Palestinians: Israeli occupation must end in 2016

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Infant’s body found in California trash facility

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Mexico’s probe of army slayings raises doubts

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
John Wayne’s heirs lose ‘Duke’ legal brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Hong Kong protesters threaten to occupy buildings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Man convicted of murder in killing over loud music

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can’t go home

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Respiratory virus seen in 4 deaths; role unclear

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
920 California chickens killed with golf club

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

App teaches kindergartners basic computer coding

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
2 white Ohio women sue over sperm from black donor

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

.

Opinion

It’s time to teach history

By Jay Ambrose | From Page: A11

 
Read this column ASAP or immediately

By Reg Henry | From Page: A11

Real reasons neighborhoods are in trouble

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
Editorial Cartoon: Oct. 2, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

 
Crazy? Violent? Lose your guns

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A11

.

Living

Today in History: Oct. 2, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Oct. 2, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Oct. 2, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
Our son’s suicide has made us feel like outcasts in our community

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Lena Dunham launches tour for book of adult essays

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

‘Interstellar’ to be released 2 days early on film

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Steinem: Domestic violence discussion a positive

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

‘Orange is the New Black’ author talks Season 3

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Joy Behar to debut a 1-woman show in New York

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Tony Bennett sets mark as oldest act with No. 1 LP

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
.

Sports

College notebook: Former Falcon Williams tearing it up as Torero

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

A’s part ways a day after 12-inning loss to Royals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers prepare for familiar face in Chiefs Smith

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Raiders leave for bye after meeting with new coach

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
JC volleyball: Solano wins twice in Falcons Classic

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

JC women’s soccer: Sjoberg nets 2 goals as Solano ties Chabot

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Prep water polo: Rodriguez boys swim to 11-1 win over Armijo

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Prep girls tennis: Stybnarova earns victory at No. 1 singles

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
 
Prep cross country: Armijo rolls to sweep at MEL center meet

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

Drivers fear next round of NASCAR’s Chase

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Wambach, players file lawsuit over World Cup turf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Cardinals re-sign Fairfield High graduate Bishop

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B3

LeBron warmly welcomed ‘home’ by Cleveland fans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Tigers hope starters can outdo Orioles bullpen

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

This date in sports history for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
.

Business

Stocks start October with a drop

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
GM looks to new vehicles, China to boost profit

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

5 reasons bonds may be less safe than you think

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Why the bond market is more fragile than you think

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

.

Obituaries

John ‘Bo’ M. Miller

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Laura M. Gerdes-Lemmons

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9