Check out this week's Student Managers Mission, an MOAM Blog Series focused on highlighting current Student Managers on the path to becoming a future leader of sport.
Name: David Sproule School: Michigan Technological University Major: Biomedical Engineering and Exercise Science Sport(s) Managing: Football Number of years as a Student Manager: 4
David took the time to answer a few questions for us regarding his experience as a Student Manager:
1. How is your student manager experience preparing you to be a future leader of sport? Having this experience really makes you appreciate all the effort that goes on behind the scenes. Besides all the life skills including organization, leadership, and communication I believe that just the appreciation of what goes into producing the product on the field is what prepare me the most.
2. How did you become a Student Manager? I knew I was coming to Michigan Tech and already knew the head coach of the football team. I played football in high school, so he originally asked if I would be interested in walking on to the team. I knew I didn't have the commitment or drive to continue to play in college, so he offered me a job as an equipment manager instead. It seemed like a great opportunity to stay in sports and earn money while going to school.
3. What is the toughest challenge of your position? Trying to be as fair as possible to everybody especially given the limited budget we have as a D-2 football program and taking care of so many players.
4. What has been the biggest adjustment to life as a student manager? Budgeting time during the fall sports season has always been a challenge. It is very similar to being a student athlete in that sense. You need to figure out classes you are going to miss due to travel, and what days you have more time to get school things done. The hours you put in as a manager definitely add up and trying to keep your priorities in order while still being successful at my job is something I have improved on and continue to get better at.
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