Athletic counselor hopes to assist student athletes on campus


Cameron Werblun

Matthew Wohl, Cosumnes River Hawks’ athletic counselor, aims to meet with every student athlete to help them have a successful career. As a counselor, student athletes like freshman volleyball defensive specialist Ainsley Backman said he is understanding.

The athletic counselor has finished his first year on campus helping student athletes.

Matthew Wohl had been brought on to be the campus’ full-time athletic counselor in December. Wohl helps many athletes and said the number usually hovers around 200 students, but despite the large number of athletes, Wohl tries to meet with all the students.

“It’s my goal to meet with every student athlete every semester,” said Wohl.

When he meets with an athlete after they are recruited for a sport, Wohl said he will meet with the student and discuss their major and classes, educational goals and whether they want to transfer as an athlete among other topics relating to the student’s future and time at community college.

Sophomore volleyball middle blocker Deziree Mckee said Wohl is a really supportive counselor and has helped her understand the transfer process and the transition from a different community college to Cosumnes River College. 

“I transferred from another college too,” said McKee. “I’m transferring to another college after this and he’s been really helpful with that.”

Wohl also said he makes sure that his student athletes know he is there for them outside of sports.

“I love supporting my athletes academically,” said Wohl. “I go watch their games so they see that I’m not just here for them at school.”

Sophomore volleyball outside hitter Taryn Oberle said she appreciates how Wohl is there to support the athletes. 

“He gives us help on whatever we need,” said Oberle. “Aside from athletics and academics, he’s super approachable.” 

Freshman volleyball defensive specialist Ainsley Backman said they can talk to Wohl about different things in their lives and not just sports.

“Wohl is super understanding,” said Backman. “His door is always open and you can talk to him about anything.”