Snow and ice storms -- and the subsequent game postponements and re-scheduling hassles that they can cause -- are the bane of the high school athletic director’s life.
The exception to that rule is Parkland High School Athletic Director Jeffrey Geisel, who oversees the scheduling of all the district’s sporting events.
For Geisel, who once served as the assistant director of school services in charge of maintenance, the athletic director’s job of scheduling – and re-scheduling events -- is a totally different ball game.
“I love it. It’s actually pretty relaxing,” Geisel said, in the midst of re-scheduling Parkland’s Wednesday wrestling matches that were postponed due to inclement weather.
Geisel’s former position was the real winter bear, as he was responsible for getting the district's ground crews out with salt trucks and plows to manage snow removal for all schools.
“It was really a 24/7 kind of a job,” he said. “Re-scheduling games takes about two hours out of my day. Everybody is in the same boat. I contact the AD’s of the other schools, we blanket e-mail the officials and notify everyone in one fell swoop.”
On Wednesday, Parkland wrestlers were scheduled to host Allentown Central Catholic. Geisel moved the dual meet to Thursday, when the Trojans were already slated to face Allen.
So, the Trojan wrestlers were re-scheduled for two dual meets with the schools on the same night – something that’s not uncommon in the world of high school wrestling.
Of course, the best-laid plans were thwarted when Thursday’s matches were scrapped due to yet another snow day. So, the dual meet doubleheader is now scheduled for Monday.
Thursday’s scheduled swim meet with Nazareth was postponed until Tuesday.
However, Geisel isn’t stressing about getting postponed wrestling matches, swimming meets and basketball games re-scheduled before the season’s end. Well, not just yet.
“We’re not at that point,” he said. “We might get squeezed at the end of the regular season if we start getting bumped up against the playoffs.”
Of course, a stretch of good weather would end any concerns.