Spotlight On: Greg Brabenec, Iowa State Football

Greg Brabenec
Director of Football Operations
Iowa State University
Hometown: Olmstead Falls, Ohio
Education: Bowling Green State University
Official bio
Twitter: @GregBrabenec

What do the first two hours of your day look like?

Depends on the time of the year but it usually consists of similar duties. I will usually get in and start going through my e-mails to make sure I am all caught with all of that. I will go through my weekly checklist and see what needs to get done that day. Anything urgent obviously jumps to the front of that to do this.

Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties.

Teamworks is by far the best website/app/software we use as a football program. Having one place to go where we store all our essential information is such a time saver and makes my job a lot more efficient. I use it to communicate with our staff and team on a daily basis and really rely on that function of the app.

If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

You have to be able to adapt on the fly and don’t let the little things completely stress you out. Throughout my time as a DFO I have definitely learned to become more relaxed if something isn’t right. You can only control what you can control and luckily, I have always had a coach, in (head coach) Matt Campbell, where he understands that. A lot of times as a DFO you feel like you can control everything or need to control everything in order to get your job done but that just isn’t realistic. Try to know as much information as you can so when you have to adapt on the fly, you can seamlessly.

As you look at the athletic operations field, what is one area that is growing/changing the most?

The staff sizes continue to grow and grow. There are so many people creating different jobs now it is sometimes hard to keep track of. The football industry is changing every year so staffs are increasing and it is important to be proactive in managing your staff. The bigger the staff, the more important it is to have great communication.

Best career or work advice you ever received?

Be open to change. Change is inevitable and if you aren’t willing to change you will be left behind quickly. You constantly find different ways to get tasks done and some are more efficient than others. If you are stuck in your ways, sometimes things can become harder. Don’t be stubborn and hard-headed thinking you have all the answers. This goes back to being able to adapt. The more you know and the more ways you know how to do something, the more valuable you become to the program.

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