Joel Wondra named new AD at Shawano

Wondra worked at Mayville for the last 18 years

Leader photo by Morgan Rode Joel Wondra’s first day as the Shawano Community High School’s activities/athletic director was Monday.

Joel Wondra was recently named the new Shawano Community High School activities/athletic directors, replacing Charmaine Schreiber.

Wondra, who attended Sun Prairie High School, worked at Mayville High School for the past 18 years.

He originally was hired at Mayville to be the school’s second agriculture teacher before making a switch to teaching biology after school enrollment dropped, eliminating the need for two agriculture teachers. After teaching biology for a handful of years, the school approached Wondra about moving into the athletic director position during the middle of the school year on an interim basis.

Wondra welcomed the opportunity and excelled in the position. He served as the Mayville athletic director for roughly the past four-and-a-half years.

After transitioning out of the classroom and working as the athletic director and facilities director, Wondra knew that the athletic director position was one he wanted to pursue.

“I was very happy in Mayville, I found that work to be challenging yet rewarding,” Wondra said. “I identified the athletic director role as the one I liked the most. It was where my passion was and what brought me the most fulfillment.”

With his mind set on being an athletic director, Wondra set his sights on trying to land a full-time athletic director position. His opportunity came over the summer when Shawano announced it was looking to hire a new athletic director after the departure of Schreiber.

“When this position came open, I was excited about it,” Wondra said. “I didn’t know a ton about the community but have hunted in the area in the past and have some friends who live in the area. After doing a little looking into the community, I liked what I saw so I sought the position and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity.”

Wondra’s first day in the position was this past Monday after working his final day as the Mayville athletic director on Aug. 17. With the fall season just underway, Wondra is hoping to absorb as much about the school and its tradition as he gets familiar with the position and then try to offer his help from there.

“My goal out of the gate is to just come in and become acclimated and learn what the culture, traditions, expectations, procedures and systems are and then look for areas where I can maybe bring improvement to the program,” Wondra said. “I view my role as that of being a servant leader. I look for ways to try and make other people’s jobs easier, particularly coaches.”

“The big picture is to help coaches build programs that are successful and give kids good experiences,” he said. “I have a philosophy that co-curriculars, athletics and non-athletics, are extensions of the classroom. I want to help kids grow and develop so they are more prepared to move on to their adult worlds.”

Schreiber, who was Shawano’s athletic director since 2013, accepted the same position at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida.

Before working in Shawano, Schreiber was an associate athletic director at Lake Highland for 12 years. She also coached while working at the school from 1991-2011, helping the volleyball team to five straight state titles.

As the athletic director at Lake Highland, Schreiber will lead 56 teams in 17 sports at the high school level.