Medic enjoying life as an Indian
Medic enjoying the life of an Indian
WATERTOWN – Roberto Medic is having fun. Yep, that’s right, fun. When was the last time you heard an Athletic Director describe his job like that? Usually you’ll get a `satisfying’ or a slightly stiff `good’ accompanied by some tired eyes that look like they last saw sleep when Japan surrendered.
Let’s just say that Medic is enjoying his new digs at Watertown High School as A.D. after a five-year stint at Wamogo, the last year as the Warriors’ Athletic Director.
There he was Friday night, nattily attired in his orange Indians sweatshirt overseeing operations at the John Mill Complex as the Indians hosted Crosby looking for their first win of the season (which they got, 42-6).
Medic was surrounded by a lot of the Watertown family near the entrance to the glossy artificial turf. Former long-time football and baseball coach Roger Ouellette was on hand as was Indians softball coach and assistant football coach Keith Borkowski. Boys basketball coach Ed Sakl, an NVL basketball title and Class M championship game appearance still fresh in the mind was there before clearing his throat for the announcing duties he would be handling for the night.
Watertown legend Marty Macione was sitting at a table and Watertown girls basketball coach Ed Lopes was hob-nobbing with the group. And the new kid looked like he had been there for years. Medic fit right in.
If you know Medic, he is not the type to be overwhelmed by a situation. He moved from Wamogo to Watertown, knowing he was taking on a bigger operation that included energy and time- consuming attention. There was football and a pool, outstanding swim program and lacrosse.
Watertown has nine teams, 312 athletes and 30 coaches participating in fall sports alone, just slightly less than the entire population of Wamogo. It is daunting and demanding and Medic is prospering under it all.
“It is going pretty well,” said Medic. “There haven’t been any big changes. I’m just trying to understand the processes at Watertown and how to do things in the building. There are some different policies and procedures than there were at Wamogo. But, it’s nice to be part of a quality athletic program and great coaches and kids.”
The immensity of the job has been tempered somewhat by the job situation. Unlike many area Athletic Directors, Medic is basically a full- time A.D. While most area athletic directors teach three classes, Medic has the luxury of devoting all of his time to keeping the sports programs at Watertown smoothly. And believe it, it is a luxury.
“(Being full-time) definitely reduces some of the stress level of the position,” admitted Medic. “It allows me to provide as much focus as needed to deal with any situation. There is always something that needs to be done. Now I can try to provide everyone the right amount of time. The time to be accessible to everyone.”
Take it from Medic who has been teaching history including Advanced Placement U.S. History, a bear of a course in the correction department with the writing demands.
Medic is still in the acquaintance stage and spends a lot of his after-school hours (such a misnomer for A.D.’s since there is no such thing as after school) going to practices and games.
“I stop at everybody’s practice once or twice a week and have seen every varsity team play,” said Medic. “I try to get out there and interact with the kids. It’s fun to get out and watch games and root for the kids. That’s the fun part of the game.”
Medic is also enjoying his return to the NVL where he went to high school (a proud Sacred Heart alum). He is quick to praise his former Berkshire League A.D. colleagues for welcoming him and helped him so much during his first year as an Athletic Director. He accords the same compliment to his new NVL partners. There are differences in the leagues, however.
“For the most part a lot of leagues work the same but the NVL is different than the BL in that it holds post-season tournaments to crown champions and there are championship games in a lot of sports, “ noted Medic. It is a big thing in the league to provide opportunities to play for championships. But it does take a little more work.
Like the BL, the NVL has a number of veteran A.D.’s like Jerry Ciarleglio at Holy Cross and Tom Pompeii at Naugatuck. There quick to offer solicited advice and not afraid to ask for some. It makes for a good working relationship.”
Medic has the enviable Mills Complex with its turf field and track. He has a trainer. Yep, a real live actual trainer at games. Now there is a necessity and a luxury. He’s got coaches who attend other team’s events like Friday night’s football games. Attendance is good at games.
No one will ever tell you that an Athletic Director’s life is all fun and games. There is always an issue be it with a player, parent, bus company, janitor, eligibility issue, fans, budget, etc. There is a relentlessness to the position that can wear you down like waves to the sand.
But, Robert Medic is having fun. Friday night he looked like he had been there for a while. It’s called fitting in. The job is wearing him well or he is wearing the job well. Either way it looks like a good fit. A fun fit.