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New Madras AD will be busy

A decision on the new Madras High athletic director is at least a week away. Yet, that person will be busy, said outgoing athletic director Margaret Sturza.
   The Jefferson County 509-J school board tabled a decision on a new athletic director at its March 26 meeting. The AD position is on Monday's agenda.
   The new AD will replace Sturza who became the AD in 1994 after starting her teaching and coaching career at Madras in 1977.
   The new AD will inherit a job where "there's always something going on," Sturza said. "There's not a day where I walk into the office thinking `what am I going to do today?'"
   The job includes supervising Madras' 13 organized clubs plus the 15 sports spread throughout three seasons.
   "Coordinating activities and athletics work well together," Sturza said. "If a club wants to meet or take a field trip, right away I know if there could be a conflict with the sports schedule."
   Being the activities director includes checking meeting times and verifying club constitutions. If a club has any out-of-school activities, the activities director arranges the transportation.
   For all fall and winter sports (except soccer and cross country), that also involves making sure the concession stand is manned and has product to sell, Sturza said. Baseball also has concessions.
   The athletic director is responsible for scheduling, done nine months in advance. Any in-season revisions meant extra work, especially in the spring, she said.
   "If there was a change, that meant four hours on the phone," Sturza said. She said a change involved contacting the coaches, officials plus arranging or canceling transportation.
   "A good, experienced secretary really helps," said Sturza, referring to Misty Adams.
   If a team is going to be late, then Sturza had the responsibility to call that team's parents to let them know when the bus would make it to the high school.
   "I always kept a phone list at home so I didn't have to go back to school after midnight," Sturza said.
   Sturza was almost always at Madras games. School policy states a Madras High administrator needs to be at a home athletic event. In football or basketball for instance, that meant greeting the visiting team, showing them where the lockerrooms were and locking up the facility after the event.
   Various Madras events also need staff or volunteers, all coordinated by the AD. That ranges from eight for basketball to 15 for football to 30 for track.
   Other duties included spending time at practices as part of evaluating coaches at the end of their seasons.
   Then there's meetings, Sturza said. Such as meetings with coaches, parents and athletes.
   Each month, Sturza attends meetings of the Central Oregon Athletic Directors, Intermountain Conference ADs along with being on the executive board of the Oregon School Activities Association for monthly meetings.
   Every six weeks (twice during a trimester), Sturza and her secretary did grade checks of the more than 800 students by hand. It's a task the school's computer system was unable to accomplish due to varying schedules. A student must be passing four of five classes but students can be taking four classes.
   It all adds up to working 60-hour weeks, sometimes 70 hours with Saturday events.
   "If I ever went home at 5, I felt like I had part of a day off," Sturza said.