Gophers Practice Report: Meet the Managers
Oct. 20, 2013
Those students are the team's managers, six in all for the 2013-14 season, and they're some of the hardest-working individuals at the University of Minnesota. This year's group includes seniors Dylan Fogarty and Emily Timmerman, junior Lindsay McCuddin, sophomores Jessica Yule and Chris Birkholm, and freshman Brandon Barta.
The job of a manager is far from glamorous. It requires long hours at odd times, including nights and weekends, and the people who fulfill these duties far-too-often go unnoticed or unrecognized.
Managers do all the little things that need to be done for the program to be able to function during practices and games. They set things up before practice, they handle multiple responsibilities during practice, and they break things down after practice. Same goes for game days.
There are perks to the job, but those benefits are well-earned. Managers receive lots of free Minnesota Basketball gear, the type of stuff that makes their friends jealous, according to Timmerman. She also said her friends are envious of the post-game meals she receives.
But would any of those friends be willing to arrive an hour before practice starts to get everything the coaches need set up, then work during the full three-hour session, and then stay an hour after the practice concludes to put everything away and do all the team's laundry? Probably not.
Another benefit is the opportunity to travel with the team. The managers split up the travel schedule for the season, with those having more seniority getting first dibs on the team's trips to places like Cancun last year or Hawai'I this year.
Both Timmerman and Fogarty, the team's two third-year managers, listed travel destinations as the favorite thing they've been able to do with the Gophers.
But, for the most part, the task of being a manager can be grueling. It's a job that requires discipline, time management and responsibility, just like what's expected from the student-athletes they take care of.
So, today's Practice Report is dedicated to Minnesota's hard-working team managers. Watch the video above to get to know them, because they deserve some recognition for all the things they take care of to prepare for the Gophers' practices and games.
Minnesota managers, hats off to thee.
Minnesota's Team Managers
Name: Emily Timmerman
Name: Lindsay McCuddin
Name: Jessica Yule
Name: Chris Birkholm
Name: Brandon Barta