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High school sports: Mother Nature throws wrench into South AD transition – News



Steve Nedlik and Jim Mormino werent presented with a cake on Monday when they embarked on their new jobs.
It was more like a dose of reality.
Nedlik on Monday started his new job as the director of operations in the Willoughby-Eastlake school district, ending his seven-year run as Souths athletic director. Mormino on Monday officially took over as Souths AD.
How were they greeted?
Rudely by Mother Nature.
Weve already had a water main break and a boiler go out, said Nedlik with a chuckle. We had 500 gallons of water in the school. It was like, Welcome to the new job.
Mormino can relate. After six years as a virtual right-hand man to Nedlik as one of two faculty managers, Mormino was greeted to his new job by two calamity days and the massive rescheduling of games, officials and practices that goes along with the job of athletic director.
Scheduling, Mormino said with a laugh. You know how that goes.
The promotion of Nedlik to his new position and the move up for Mormino has been in the works for some time, the men said. The Willoughby-Eastlake district hadnt employed a Director of Operations manager for 16 years, Nedlik said.
The job, Nedlik said, is akin to a business manager who is in charge of the operations of all 13 buildings in the school district.
When the wheels were put in motion for Nedlik to take over that position, he and Mormino began working together late in the fall to ensure a smooth transition at the head of the South athletic department.
Its a great opportunity, Mormino, 37, said. Ive worked with Steve Nedlik the last six years and learned a lot from him. Im looking forward to taking over. Weve got great coaches and programs, and Im looking forward to being part of it going forward.
Mormino is no stranger to athletics. A 1994 graduate of Mayfield, he was a three-sport athlete in high school, a two-sport athlete at Allegheny and a multi-sport coach at South.
At Allegheny, Mormino was an All-American in football and went to nationals in the decathalon in track and field as a senior.
At South, Mormino coached six years under head football coach Matt Duffy and was most recently the head girls track and field coach and boys golf coach.
This is a full-time administration position, he said of the athletic directors spot. Im done teaching and coaching and am moving into the administrative side of things.
Im definitely going to miss (coaching). The interaction with the kids, watching them grow, learn and get better. … Im definitely going to miss that. But at the same time, this is a great opportunity. Its just time to move on.
Mormino said the past month of working with Nedlik have been enlightening, such as learning the financial and money aspect of the athletic directors job.
Theres a lot more to the job than just the sports, he said.
Nedliks new job will move him into the school districts central office. But he said he will be one building away if Mormino needs him.
Jimmy knows the coaches very well, and hes well-versed in athletics, Nedlik said. Weve been transitioning this for a month. He knows the job.
Nedlik, too, is looking forward to a new venture just as Mormino is. After seven years as Souths AD, six at North, five as a faculty manager and 12 years as Willowicks recreation director, this new job will be his first away from the sporting world in a long time.
Its a nice challenge at this particular time of my career, he said. I think it provides a lot of different options for me and my family moving forward. It was bittersweet to move on. You get so comfortable with what youre doing, and people respect the job youre doing. But Im looking forward to it.
Nedliks last event as Souths AD was Saturday in a dual wrestling match between the Rebels and rival North, where he received a heartfelt farewell. With his wife, children and mother in attendance, Nedlik watched as the South wrestling team took off their warmup tops and donned shirts that read, Thank you Mr. Nedlik.
That was pretty cool, Nedlik said. My wife, Ellen, kind of lost it. It choked me up pretty hard. It was pretty awesome, something Ill never forget.

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