The sports teams at SCHS are a huge foundation of what makes the school what it is. But behind every great team is an even greater coach and manager. Though not every team at SCHS has a sports manager, the ones who do are very fortunate. From cleaning mats, to organizing jerseys, preparing things and being a constant support foundation, the managers are always there to help and support in every way possible.
Hockey manager Megan Hass, swim manager Lauren Welander and wrestling manager Tanessa Krysheski put their all into everything they can to help support their teams. From showing up to every practice, every game and every meet, you name it, and they are there.
“We have to be at every practice Monday through Friday, and every meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” junior Lauren Welander stated.
Though most teams do not have managers, the ones that do commonly have more than one manager. Their managers more than people know.
“Managing, we have to get the records for each of the matches, filming and setting up stuff,” junior Tanessa Krysheski stated.
To become a manager, students have to get in contact with the coaches, fill out paperwork and stand your ground. At times, not everyone is on board for having a manager for their sports team, but it depends on the coaches and whether or not they could use the extra help.
“I think a sport should have a manager if they could use the extra help,” Welander stated.
Though managing is not as close to being in the game as competing, managing helps to keep students up to date and close with the sports they love, and looks good for college applications.
“I played [hockey] for 9 years,” sophomore Megan Hass sated. “I quit and started managing because there was no girls team that would allow me to excel in my sports and dreams.”
Considering there is only a guys team, managing is the best way to stay connected for the hockey managers.
Sometimes it is not even about staying connected. It is about learning and loving the atmosphere the sport creates.
“Freshman year I started timing for boys swim, and I fell in love with it,” Welander stated. “I wanted to be a part of it in some sort of way even if I could not be in the sport.”
Most sports managers are required to be at every practice, and though they are there to help the coaches stay organized and be helpful in any way, they are also the team’s biggest supporters. Along with the team, the managers are supposed to dress up with their team on game days.
“It doesn’t matter what we wear to practice, but for games we wear khakis and the hockey jacket, along with hockey helmets,” Hass added.
Sometimes it is doing the smallest things that truly make the biggest impact. The little things and the multiple lives the managers affect are different for each sport. Whether it is counting on the managers to always have things ready to go, or counting on them on the days things get hard, through it all, the sports managers are there to encourage, support and make their team better, one day, one practice, one life at a time.