Managers play a very important role in athletics here at Potosi; they help by taking stats, filling up water bottles, and just being there to support. Even though they are not playing the sport, the managers are there for practices and every game, and are always willing to do what needs to be done to help out the team. Managing is very important in success here at Potosi, and even though they play an important role, they don’t always get the recognition that they should get for doing what they do. Managing is not an easy job; it requires dedication to a team that doesn’t always thank them for it. Why do they do it?
Avarie Breitsprecker has been a manager for three years. She has dedicated a lot of her time to the teams that she manages. “I like being part of the team, and I like filling up water bottles.” This has been Avarie’s reason for managing. She plays a very important part in the programs she manages for, and as she said, she loves being a part of the team. “I am the head manager.” That is a big role for her to play. What does being head manager mean? “It means being there for the team.” She is always there, willing to help out wherever and whenever she can.
Even though there are a lot of positives about being a manager, there are some negatives too. “Sitting at practice when there is nothing to do” was one of Breitsprecker’s examples of a negative. Some practices, there is just not a whole lot to do, but she still sits through the practices and supports the team. Every team that has Avarie as a manager is a very lucky team; she plays a big role and is a great example of a leader whether she is on or off the court.
Alli Trost is another manager here at Potosi; she is a junior this year, and a very important part of the team. She is always there for the team when she can be, and is such a supportive manager and classmate. “Since I can’t play, [it is a way for me] to be part of the team” is what inspires her most to be a manager. She is always ready to be supportive, and help fill up water bottles. She has enjoyed going to the games, and just being part of the team makes it all worth it.
Why do managers do what they do? It is because they love being part of the team, and if it wasn’t for our managers’ dedication to being there for the team, our teams would be missing a key element.