ST. MARYS -Jodi Mote was officially hired as the athletics director at St. Marys High School last week, having spent this past spring at the same position on an interim basis.
Now, the special education teacher and head football coach of the Blue Devils dons yet another hat at the Pleasants County school.
"I think it's doable. It will be a juggling act," Mote admitted. "You have to have support from your wife and family and I have that. "I have great coaches to work with and our booster organization. I'm pretty excited about that."
St. Marys head football coach Jodi Mote speaks to Blue Devils players during a football game. The school announced Monday that Mote would be taking over as athletic director while keeping his coaching responsibilities.
Although Mote obviously will be quite busy trying to lead the Blue Devils to a return trip in the Class A football postseason, he is going to get some help with his duties.
"The only way I could do it is if I have some help and thankfully the board (of education), our superintendent (Mike Wells) and principal (Jayne Tebay) basically got me some help with athletic-event coordinators," Mote added.
The AECs, which Mote said is something Tyler County and other school systems have started to utilize, is something to which he's looking forward. St. Marys is expected to hire three of them.
"I think it's something that is becoming a little more popular with the increase in the number of sports there are at school and all the activities and just all the different changes in paperwork," he stated.
Mote said he was grateful to have the transition period, which came about after former AD Jeff Sole got an administrative job at the middle school.
"It left our current administration to cover the winter games. They got it posted in the spring and it turned out I helped with the spring since I wasn't obviously coaching a sport to finish the school year out," Mote said. "It was definitely, I guess, a spring that I was thrown to the wolves, so to speak."
Another difference for Mote this year will be with his teaching job. Generally, he was teaching either one-on-one or in a very small setting with the special education students, but that is going to change.
"This year, I'll do more of an inclusion," said Mote, who will spend more time in the general classroom environment and co-teach to "help serve the kids who are special needs and the kids who aren't.
"Being special education, I'm sure I'll still enjoy it, but I'll miss the one-on-ones. I kind of became attached to them when you have just a few kids. That was a difficult decision."
Nonetheless, Mote feels confident he can handle the job, especially considering he'll soon have a trio of AECs at his side.
"I think as long as you stay organized and keep everything going in the right direction, I think it will be fine," Mote said.