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Q.C. goes out on another limb

Posted by on July 28, 2011 – 5:16 pm

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.

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  • QC Fan says:

    And that’s why Reynolds is taking QC to the next level

  • QC Fan says:

    And that’s why Reynolds is taking QC to the next level.


    Next level of what is yet to be determined….I just hope QCHS doesnt forget that their coaches need to be examples to their players and must dedicate their time to the team…not be too busy defending themselves in courts and in the media.

    I completley agree with aggressive recruiting of coaches rather than the buddy system. QCHS is unfortunately doing both right now, though.

    My family is knee deep in QCHS Athletics and we constantly see people being hired because of who they know and not their qualifications. I also don’t belive that varsity coaches have much control over who coaches JV and Freshmen teams. That proves difficult as a coach to build a dynasty when you are forced to work with people you didnt want to have in your system.

    Look at how many times/complaints it took to get the former freshman baseball coach away from what Coach Campbell is building.

  • True Dog says:

    QC Baseball Coach- If you are so vested, why not come out from behind your “mask” and show everyone what it’s like to stand for what you think is right???? If Reynolds, or QC is using the “buddy” system, I hope he keeps doing it because he has some pretty successful buddies. Heck, Mountain View practically begged Germaine to come to Mountain View- so this is a great start!!! Keep em’ coming in that case Reynolds!!!! All of the coaches that Reynolds has brought in- spend more time dedicated toward their kids/players than anywhere else you go. I’m betting Wokasch will be the exact same way. I suspect some bitterness from you………..are you maybe somebody that has been passed by a time or two (for a job)????? That’s the vibe you’re putting out. As far as frosh and J.V. coaches………you obviously haven’t ever been a head coach, because it isn’t easy bringing in a whole new crew for all three levels. Typically, it takes quite a bit of time to build a whole new program of coaches (so, you keep what you have and make changes when/if you can). No quality AD puts their hands in the “cookie jar” so to speak, when it comes to hiring younger level coaches. From what I’ve heard, Reynolds allows that freedom to his coaches. Those are some pretty lucky coaches! Are you on Campbell’s staff????? Might not want to speak on his behalf if you aren’t. If you are, I’d probably hide behind a different name too.

  • Whiting says:

    Lets foucus on the Kids! Mr.Reynolds as brought in some outstanding coaches for the Young men and women of Queen Creek and I think that if he has to go out on a limb to do it, well I will be there to hold up that limb. We have great things here at Queen Creek because of his hard work and all the time he puts in. So if he thinks a coach is good enough for OUR KIDS they are! QC “not” Baseball Coach shut up and learn something about Hard work and taken a Risk! Plus remember know one took a chance on young first time head Football Coach and how did that work out well enough that everyone tought he was good enough to coach at thier school, After Reynolds went out on that so called limb!

    Go Dogs

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