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Organization the key to success for top athletic director

2011-10-06T00:00:00Z Organization the key to success for top athletic directorBy Sue Bero Times Correspondent
October 06, 2011 12:00 am  • 

Crown Point High School athletic director Bill Dorulla, of Valparaiso, has been named the 2011-12 District 1 Athletic Director of the Year.

Dorulla was one of six athletic directors recognized by the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association and will receive a plaque at the state convention in March, where one of the six district winners will be named State Athletic Director of the Year.

"It's nice to be nominated by your peers and get it," he said.

Dorulla is in his ninth year at Crown Point High School as the leader in the athletic office that oversees 22 sports programs, 90 coaches and 1,000 athletes. He previously served as coach, teacher and assistant athletic director at Chesterton High School for 13 years and as coach and teacher at Lake Station High School for 10 years.

In the athletic department, Dorulla works primarily behind the scenes, scheduling, budgeting, hiring and evaluating coaches, coordinating facilities, officials and workers for athletic events and concessions, as well as handling equipment and facility issues. "There are so many different aspects of it. It requires a lot of time and organization," he said.

"I'm really lucky here, I have a good assistant AD, Mike Malaski, and he does all the scheduling for me of contests and officials, and a great athletic secretary, Mary Roth, who has been here a long time," said Dorulla.

A self-funded athletic department, Dorulla also works on fundraising. The major fundraiser, Dog Tale, will be held March 9 at St. Elijah Serbian American Hall in Merrillville, with silent and live auctions and six raffles featuring $3,000 in cash prizes. For information, call the athletic department at (219) 662-6714.

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