While being an Equipment Manager might not be a position that a lot of Sports Management hopefuls aspire for, it can open doors for a well paid and fulfilling career in the sports industry.
After all, an Equipment Manager is one of the most important aspects of a team and gets to work with athlete’s everyday.
EQUIPMENT MANAGERS GAIN FROM EXPERIENCE
Ian Fontenot, a sports contributor for lsureveille.com wrote an article titled “Sports Management: Equipment managers gain from experience” about LSU graduates that started as a student manager and have gone on to Equipment Manager Jobs with a professional sports franchise.
The biggest point in working in Equipment Management on any level gets your foot in the door and allows you to meet people in the business that can open up some doors and increase opportunities down the road.
After all, reality these days in any business is not what you know, but who you know and the more people you know the more opportunities will open up for you.
LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE
If you are in fact currently enrolled at a college or university in a Sports Management program, you are probably in one with a major athletics program as well. After all, that’s what gives you the advantage over students working for an online degree.
There are many different teams and sports that need student managers and that experience and the people you meet can not be matched.
“I had a lot of opportunities being a student manager at LSU that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” Jeff Springer, the current head equipment manager at Alabama said. “I got to see parts of the country that I would have never been to if it hadn’t been for working there.”
WORKING UP THE LADDER
Another LSU graduate that Fontenot introduces us to in his article is former student baseball manager Josh Pope.
Pope said he was responsible for the field, laundry, ordering uniforms and equipment such as bats from big name companies such as Nike.
Pope interned with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars during training camp and then was one of two managers invited to work with the team for the season.
He also just started his new job as assistant equipment manager for the New York Mets.