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For years, I've known I'm going to work in sports. Not a matter of if. As of late, I'm leaning more and more towards college athletics. I just have a really limited interest in professional athletics.
I plan on getting in touch with my school's AD to see how I can get involved. It's my final year towards my Bachelor's. Anyone have experience working within the AD or anything like that?
Ive worked in recreation departments with club sports and worked with the AD. Theres internships usually. Look into graduate assistantships. Theyll pay for grad school and give you great experience and exposure.
Not guilty y'all got to feel me
Great first answers. Thanks, Ghost. (+1)
I graduated with a Sports Management degree in December. The only way you can get into the U of Arkansas Athletic Dept is if you do some graduate internship with them or have tons of previous experience working in a sports related job. It's cut-throat here for some reason. No more "good ole boy" connections since Broyles retired as AD. That hurt my chances, since I actually have/had connections.
I do have about three or four friends that just finished graduate work with them and are currently attempting to get hired full time.
This post was edited by wps88 2 years ago
BornToBeRed said: WPS, just a head's up. We might be the most family-friendly board on the network, so take it easy on your normal wps-ness.
It's hard to get in. Really hard. You'll be doing lots of bitch work to earn your due. Be prepared to start somewhere small like St. Olaf College.
Trust me, I know. Living in a rathole apartment in a college town should be a listed job requirement for most of these.
Never really worked in the AD office but worked for the Hawkeye Football team for 5 years as an undergrad, then the baltimore ravens, now start a GA job at Northern Illinois Football in 2 weeks
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the biggest advice i can give you is when you get the opportunity work your ass off. The saying "its not what you know, but who you know" is not more true than in sports. I worked at Iowa because my brother worked there previously, got my job for the Ravens because Coach Ferentz used to work there and gave them a good reference, got my job at NIU because my boss in baltimore used to work with the boss at NIU...
Make as many contacts as you can, it will go a long way
I worked in the recruiting office at Alabama in 99 and 00, my freshman and sophomore year. This was when we signed Albert Means and were subsequently put on probation a few years later. I know nothing about the inside details of the Means situation, but it was definitely interesting to see the inside of a major college football program.
I was an athletic advisor at Alabama after I graduated many years ago. My wife worked in the athletic department for a long while as well, and was a tutor while getting her PhD.
We won't see you on here anymore if you get a job with a major football program. They would fire in a second if they found out you were involved with a recruiting site or a message board of this nature. You have to sign on oath that you won't take part in those kind of things at most large programs.
During college one of roommates worked as a student manager under Tressel and another in athletic communications. Does living vicariously through them count?
Time and change will surely (truly) show
How firm thy friendship ... OHIO!
16 hour days. little or no pay to start out. no social life at all. being blamed for everything that goes wrong at practice (even if you had nothing to do with it). Being disrespected daily by players. Cleaning up after 21 year old children......... Best time of my life and I would do it again.
If you really want to be involved in an athletics office you need to learn as much as you can about how to organize your time. The most important thing is to be consistent, be on time, be efficient, and be totally unobtrusive. The best GAs are the ones that are efficient at doing whatever task is asked without need long explanations. You will be there to free up the Coaches to do other things. If they have to spend time teaching you how to do something then they may as well do it themselves. express yourself in as few words as needed to get your point across. Most coaches hate long winded responses. Yes and No carry all the weight that the coach is gonna assume you to be capable of. In short, be invisible in person and outstanding in action. Good luck .
One of my cousins works for the Athletic Media Relations Office at a small university (16k) in the southeast. He started working for Mississippi State Athletics while he was still a student and, like others have said, says it's the best way to get your foot in the door.
His resume reads just like most anyone working their way up (Message me if you want details, I'm not putting his titles on here)::
Small positions within Mississippi State AD (while in school, +3 years)
Better position at Murray State
Same position at UA
Better position at High Point
Better position at Alabama State (5k students)
Same/current position at a larger school.
Of course, that's all over the span of 20+ years but you get my point. Start off somewhere within your current AD but prepare yourself to move on to several small schools as you work your way up. And for gods sake, don't burn bridges along the way. Who you know and their opinion of you will be your lifeline. It only takes two or three people with a negative opinion before doors close and people refuse to even give you a chance.
Not true. DII schools hire new grads all the time. Look there to get an assistant SID job .
Athletics Gameday Assistant.
That's what I'm starting as. Errand boy during the week, then doing a mix of broadcasting and promotions during the game.
Nothing huge, but I'm hoping it lays some groundwork. I interviewed with the Associate AD, and he told me this could basically serve as a 7 month interview. They'll be interviewing for a GA spot come April. Hopefully this gets me on the inside track.
Oh, and we're D2 and on the smaller side. You'll still see my pretty ol' face around.
Go get an internship with your school and your chances of getting hired are so much better.
I have been in sports with the Lancers and still can't get in with the University Of Alabama. I truly think it's because I have never worked with an Athletic dept and I have never done an internship with Alabama.
Like with many occupations, it's not what you know, but who you blow.
Our school has part time student employees and GAs. No internships at this point. What I've got is as good as it'll get here until the GA interviews.
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