Student managers explain role on women’s basketball team | The Observer

Great behind the scenes look at Notre Dame women’s basketball — specifically the work that the student managers do. Coordinating a good portion of this is Director of Operations, Katie Capps. This story will look very familiar to almost everyone working behind the scenes to keep what’s happening up front look seamless.

It’s just after midnight and senior Maggie Rogers has put on her pajamas to wind down after a full day of classes and work. Suddenly, she realizes that nobody took care of the laundry after practice, and the team leaves for an away game in the morning.

Rogers has no choice. She throws her winter boots on over her pajama pants and runs a half-mile through the snow to the JACC to put the laundry in.

“But I’d rather be elbow-deep in our laundry than any other team’s,” she said.

Rogers, along with senior Annie Timmermann, is one of two head managers for the women’s basketball team. Together, Rogers and Timmermann lead a team of five managers — six before freshman Nicole Benz walked onto the team in late December — that act as the glue that holds the program together.

“Maggie and Annie sort of run the ship,” Katie Capps, director of basketball operations, said. “They come to me and let me know if there’s problems. If we’re low on this or need to order more of that — they run it. It becomes their team; I’m just overseeing and making sure there’s no big issues.”

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