Sprecksel set for West athletic director role
by Bob Brownne
May 03, 2013 | 2029 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West High varsity basketball coach Derek Sprecksel is expected to become the new athletic director at West High.

Sprecksel, who has been the varsity coach since the 2009-10 season after serving for seven years as the sophomore coach, will replace Matt Loggins, who moves to Kimball High to become that school’s varsity football coach.

Sprecksel said on Wednesday, May 1, that he will wait for the Tracy Unified School District Board of Trustees to make his appointment official before he comments.

The school board will vote on the matter at its next regular meeting on May 14.

TUSD spokeswoman Jessica Cardoza said athletic directors are paid a $6,490 annual salary in addition to their teaching salaries.

Sprecksel has been an English teacher at West High since 2002, following his graduation from University of Wisconsin, Superior, where he majored in English and minored in athletic coaching.

Prior to his varsity coaching job, Sprecksel served as an assistant coach under former West basketball coach Steve Thornton, and Sprecksel also heads up West High’s summer youth basketball clinics.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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May 04, 2013
Derek Sprecksel is a nice guy and all but I think he's in over his head. I know there was much more qualified people that applied but were overlooked for political reasons.
May 04, 2013
Sprecksel is an excellent choice for West's Athletic Director. As a friend and colleague, I have come to know the depth of his passion for the game and the athletes.He models enthusiasm and sportsmanship without sacrificing professional or personal integrity.He will keep politics away from sports. He has a positive influence on his athletes; he re-defines school spirit. His enthusiasm is genuine, inspirational,and contagious. Without his guidance, many students may have slipped through the cracks or overlooked. He has given hope to students without hope; he has been a role model to students who have no role model. He has the ability to relate to our youth in ways that make a difference in how they perceive their purpose in our world and our community.He knows and he teaches that self-esteem is earned by overcoming challenges. He commands respect in and out of the classroom. He encourages healthy competition and sportsmanship, while promoting personal responsibility and accountability. He reminds us that hard work, determination,and perseverance bring intrinsic and extrinsic rewards.Our society-our schools-need good people.

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