Q.C. goes out on another limb
Say this for Queen Creek athletic director Paul Reynolds: The man likes the limbs.
Going out on them worked wonders in 2010 when the Bulldogs hired a relatively inexperienced guy named Joe Germaine to run their football program.
Reynolds has done it again, this time with Tom Wokasch as the school’s new wrestling coach.
Experience and success are no issue with Wokasch, a top-notch science teacher who’s been at this for 26 years, including 21 at Cottonwood Mingus where it won five consecutive team state titles and had 30 individual state champions.
The teetering part is that Wokasch was in the center of an investigation involving allegations of taking money from wrestling tournaments and camps and putting it into a personal account rather than a school account. The ensuing mess involved legal actions, attempted settlements and wrongful termination claims when Mingus essentially fired him during the ongoing investigation.
“I think he’ll do a phenomenal job,” Reynolds said. “We talked to a lot of people and did a lot of homework.”
So no charges thus far, and no wrestling-related money was found missing, but after the Mingus fallout he was a Hamilton assistant in 2010. Then Queen Creek called even though Wokasch wasn’t thinking about being a head coach again. Queen Creek’s camp says it was a mistake by Wokasch and a lesson learned.