Great Q&A with the Director of Operations for Missouri State Football, Lynn Mentzer. Even better that someone so critical to the day to day operations of a large organization is being featured. As the article’s author notes, “Mentzer has never been asked for an interview before—an indication of how those behind the scenes are often not covered.” As we’ve found, that’s not surprising.
by Evan Greenberg
Tattooed on the left side of Lynn Mentzer’s clavicle—she has a lot of tattoos, but this is the one you notice first—is the Costa Rican phrase “Pura Vida.” It translates to “pure life,” but it has a ton of uses: saying goodbye, a genial greeting, a general mantra. Mentzer got it after a six-day trip to the Central American country in 2017. She wasn’t the Director of Football Operations at Missouri State at the time, but given her job description, it now serves as a perfect metaphor for what she does. Organizations need people who stay on top of everything, and Mentzer fills that role at the school. It’s her first year at MSU after 16 years with the football program at Coastal Carolina. She has her hand in a little of everything; she makes sure that anything not directly related to football is out of sight, out of mind. There’s food to be served, hotels to be booked, flights and buses to arrange. Head coach Dave Steckel coined her “Mama Bear” for her nurturing personality. Mentzer has never been asked for an interview before—an indication of how those behind the scenes are often not covered. In advance of Missouri State’s football season, we decided to fix that, sitting down with Mentzer to chat about her new post and what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated field. “I feel like I’ve done everything but be out there and coach,” Mentzer says.
Read the entire article at 417Mag.com.
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