2014 State Athletic Director of the Year
The Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association (WADA) is proud to announce that Renee Chapek from the Amery School District is the recipient of the 2014 State Athletic Director of the Year award. This award was presented at the WADA Awards Banquet held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on November 10.
The WADA membership annually recognizes one athletic administrator in each of the seven WADA districts as their respective District Athletic Director of the year. Each of these seven honorees becomes a candidate for consideration of the State Athletic Director of the Year award.
Renee, as the recipient of both the District 1 and the State athletic director of the year awards, was recognized by the WADA as an educational leader who maintains athletics as an integral part of the total educational program. The WADA further honored Renee for her leadership in developing school and community resources in order to involve as many students as possible in interscholastic sports programs. In presenting the award, the WADA president, Brian Smith noted, “Throughout her career, Renee has made a significant impact on the lives of students as a teacher, coach, official, and athletic administrator. “
The Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association honors Renee Chapek as the2014 State Athletic Director of the Year.
Renee began her educational career as a math teacher and volleyball coach at Platteville Middle School, and has continued teaching and coaching for more than 34 years in five school districts. For the past 27 years, Renee has worked at Amery middle and high schools in various positions. She has been a middle level math and reading teacher and a basketball and softball coach. In addition to those responsibilities, Renee has been the athletic director for both Amery middle & high school programs for 15 years.
Over the years, Renee’s enthusiasm for Amery athletics has resulted in increasing numbers of students participating in sport programs. Her positive influence and strong advocacy for student-athletes and coaches has insured leadership skills are developed at all levels. Her high expectations for performance excellence in both the classroom and the athletic arena are second only to her emphasis and modeling of the integrity and respect essential for the highest level of sportsmanship within competitive play.
Renee’s leadership has resulted in many collaborative efforts to improve Amery team facilities including the renovation of the track, designing the new gym floor, developing an on-campus cross country course, coordinating with city officials to build new soft ball diamonds, and working collaboratively with booster organizations to improve the baseball field, and build a new press box, bathrooms and concession stand.
Along with teaching and coaching, Renee has served—as a WIAA official for 20 years, on the WIAA Sports Advisory Committee since 2009, and has been the District 1 Gender Representative and a mentor for new athletic directors for 5 years.
On Monday, November 10, Renee was honored as the District 1 Athletic Director of the Year at the WADA Awards Banquet where she also received the 2014 State Athletic Director of the Year award. The Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association is proud to recognize Renee’s lifetime career dedicated to teaching, coaching, officiating and athletic administration.