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Student managers

October 12, 2018

Student managers featured

By Ethan Mayes

Student managers are the often unrecognized members of high school sports teams. They are not simply water people, but an integral part of their sport.

Troy Schleuter, head football coach, utilizes his student managers as cameramen. “There are jobs that coaches and athletes can’t do at the time they need to be done,” said Schleuter.

Michael Bracht, senior, is a first-year student manager. He is responsible for recording football games from the press box.

However, press box filming is not as safe as it sounds. Bracht says that during the game against Columbus Scotus, the coach in the press box almost killed him by throwing a chair across the room in anger.

Mitchell Lierman, senior, has been a student manager since seventh grade. The most experienced of the student managers, Lierman is in charge of filming games from the end zone.

Lierman’s best moment came in the game against Wayne in 2017. “That was lit; one time it rained so hard that I didn’t have to do anything and I got to go be a hype monkey on the sideline.”

Meghan Schneider, head cross country coach, uses her student manager as a timekeeper.

Gerardo Osorio, cross country’s sophomore student manager, takes and writes down splits at both practices and meets.

When the two coaches were gone for a cross country meet, Osorio acted as a third coach, leading practice for the remaining runners.

Schneider said that during races, the coaches’ focus is on giving runners guidance and advice, so the student manager is responsible for giving them water at that time.

Conley Straight, head volleyball coach, thinks of his student manager as a coach’s aid. With only two volleyball coaches, the student manager can be used as an extra staff member.

Abby Boell, junior, is the student manager for volleyball though this is not her first year student managing; she student managed for girls’ basketball last year.

Boell is responsible for either filming or taking stats, both of which help the team succeed more. “As the game has evolved, strategy during the match has evolved with it. Film is used, and in-game stats are used to get the best outcome,” said Straight.

The common thread linking all our student managers together is the fact that they are all helpful.

Bracht became a student manager because Lierman needed help, Osorio became a student manager because he likes helping as much as he can, and Boell became a student manager because Straight requested her help.

Asking the head coach and being willing to work are required to student manage at West Point-Beemer High School.

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