Hello, there! I’m one of the many people working in the Athletics Department at LSU and I’ve thought about starting my own blog to tell you all about my job and how I handle it everyday. While many of you have probably already heard about the LSU Tigers, our teams play many other sports, from beach volleyball to golf and softball. What this means is that we are taking care of a great number of students, from training, organizing and accommodating their practice, to providing equipment, organizing matches and tournaments, and especially providing them with proper counseling.
Our department is pretty busy and all of us are doing their best to meet the needs of our athletes, but the results are seen as joint victories or failures, so the individual effort is often overlooked. This is the main reason that determined me to try and speak about the challenges that a job like mine offers, in hope that it will shed more light on the life of our athletes outside the field. In all the years I’ve been doing this I have interacted a lot with the students, and I can sincerely say that they perform better as athletes if they’re appreciated as human beings. I love seeing that satisfaction grow in them, as they go from freshmen to seniors, from beginners to great sportsmen, and how they help their younger teammates make the transition. The fact that I try to connect with each one of them has taught me very much about human behaviour in general, and while I do have my favorites, the real pleasure is breaking down the barriers that the shy or reserved ones put up and eventually get them to smile and gain confidence.
Some of my colleagues say that it’s because I work so closely to the students that I have such an empathy, but I think it’s rather the fact that I used to an athlete myself. I studied here, and joined the gymnastics team as a freshman, and even though a minor health issue made me quit the team after two years, I always thought my place was in the gym. I may not be a coach, but I would say I’m close enough.
However, as I mentioned above, the tasks and duties of the department are plenty, and everyone’s part is crucial to make the entire machinery work smoothly. I will try my best to tell you what is it that I do and how is that important to the students and the University. I realise this sounds a little narcissistic, but I’m sure I’ll be able to talk about others more than about myself in these posts, and hopefully it will be interesting enough for you.
Of course, I’ve transformed all my family into a cheerful pack of supporters, and we try to not miss any competition, even though not everyone enjoys, let’s say, soccer. So get ready to be summoned before every match and nagged about your moral duty to come cheer for the best athletes in Louisiana.