Spotlight On: Kady Knight, Campbell University Football

Kady Knight
Director of Operations
Campbell University Football
Complete bio at Campbell University Athletics
Twitter: @CUDFOKady

What do the first two hours of your day look like? First, I read and respond to emails that may have come in the night before, as well as check our office phone messages. Then, I’m off to our daily staff meeting, where we talk about practice the previous afternoon and what we have coming up that day. I then go back to my desk look over the to-do list I created the night before and get started.

Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties? TeamWorks. This app is a life saver for our program! We are able to manage athletes’ schedules, practice schedules, all communication to athletes, and organize all travel. We also are now able to communicate to administration and other sports through the app. I use this app to communicate changes to the schedule, important information and all aspects of travel (i.e. scheduling, seating assignments and special information to the travel group).

If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be? Take time to look at the little details in everything, and use the advice people are giving you.

Name one thing you want to accomplish this year? To have a more efficient and organized travel structure.

As you look at the athletic operations field, what is one area that is growing/changing the most? Within the athletic operations field there are many different areas. An area that I have seen change a lot is recruiting, with all the NCAA regulations and adaptations that have been introduced since I have been a part of the football program. Within the five years I have been at Campbell I have seen us grow within our conference and, most recently, move to the Big South Conference. Moving to FCS full scholarship status in the Big South has changed the way we recruit, along with the way we travel.

Best career or work advice you ever received? Wake up every day with a purpose, the willingness to work hard and be excited about it.

First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work. I have to give credit to Ryan “Chili” Davis for bringing me in as an intern while I was still in school, just looking for some experience in the workforce. I knew nothing about football or what it took to run a Division I football program. He worked with me on the video operations side, making sure film was available for the coaches and athletes, and that practice and games were filmed correctly. I also have to thank Campbell head coach Mike Minter for seeing the potential in me to be his Director of Football Operations. He has helped shape me to be the best person for this program and myself.

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