What do the first two hours of your day look like?
The first hour is usually responding to any request that may have come up from the time I went home the night before until I get to the office in the morning. Then I meet with my staff and go through what I want to get accomplished for the day. As always, our duties pertain to whichever season that we are currently in. In the fall I’m checking on Motamed Field to make sure it’s set up for the day’s activities (five teams all share the same field). For the winter it’s talking with the coaches, planning for the spring semester and wrapping up the fall. The early spring is usually dedicated to checking the updated weather models and trying to combat any changes that may arise in our scheduling.
Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties.
EMS; it’s our scheduling software that is used throughout the entire campus. The system makes my whole day go smoother, as long as everything is inputted correctly.
If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t get disheartened when you screw up for the first time. People aren’t necessarily graded on how badly they screw up, but rather how well they deal with adversity and the issue at hand to bring their situation back to normal operation.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year?
I want to assist my graduate assistants in starting their careers once they are finished working for me.
As you look at the athletic operations field, what is one area that is growing/changing the most?
The technology used to stream games has become more advanced. When I started in my career path, not many schools were streaming games; even if they were the film wasn’t in the best quality. In our current state, it seems like every school is able to put out High Definition-quality streams with great production value. With the advanced streaming software came the different infrastructure needs, which proposed new challenges to game operations; but it has been fun to see how much it has changed.
Best career or work advice you ever received?
Take. Your. Time! Even though you may be young and want to move on to bigger and better things, while attempting to achieve your goals, it is not going to happen overnight. Take the time to build yourself at your current position and then once you’re ready, take that next step.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
Nothing too serious; I was just looking for a job at SUNY Potsdam and was hired to work as a line judge for a volleyball tournament. At the time my boss didn’t have enough workers. From that moment on, and every event I worked in my time there, I wanted to know more about how they ran their events and what it took to run successful events.