Nov. 26, 2007
When June asked me to write a blog about what I do, I did what any good student does and did some preliminary research. I went around and asked people what they thought my job entailed. On top of most people's list was laundry. While this is a big part of my job there is so much more.
I have a motto, "First in. Last out." Whether we have practice or a game I am usually the first one to arrive at the gym, unless I am running late and our trainer, Katy Butler, arrives before me. I am in charge of making sure that the gym is set up for practice. This includes getting out all the equipment (cones, balls, pads) and setting up the clock. During practice I am a glorified ball boy, chasing after lose balls, rebounding and passing during drills. I also work the scoreboard and clock while keeping track of the score during various drills and scrimmages. When practice is over I put everything away and lock up the gym.
Now let's talk about laundry...I like to think of it as part of taking care of the athletes' equipment needs. (Yes you heard me right; I do laundry for 11 women on a daily basis) When we are at home I can do the laundry in the comfort of the equipment room, with three industrial size washers and dryers at my disposal. But, doing laundry when we travel to an away contest becomes an entirely new challenge. Some of the hotels that we stay at have one or two washers and dryers, but most of the time I have to go to a Laundromat. I have gotten some weird looks walking in with two huge bags full of clothes. All in all it really isn't as bad as you might think and is a necessary duty that someone has to do.
Traveling is one of the best parts of the job. Getting to see and experience other college campuses isn't something that your average college student gets the chance to do every other weekend. While it can be stressful at times, getting the chance to represent WSU around the country is something that I cherish.
To sum it up, I make sure that all our athletes and coaches have to worry about is basketball. All in all, I love this job. The team and I have a running joke that I have 11 girlfriends. I am their biggest fan and am lucky to be able see how hard they work every day to make themselves and this program better.