Day In The Life: Being a Sports Information Director and Associate Athletic Director
Posted on March 17, 2015 by By Matt Levy, Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director.
Life in athletics is not a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday profession. It involves nights, weekends and working from home. But there is also a thrill of working live events and building relationships with coaches, student-athletes and more.
My day on Wednesday, March 4 involved all of that in my position as the Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director at DelVal. The big part of that day was centered on the first home lacrosse games in the school’s history. The women’s team was taking on Cedar Crest College at 4:00 p.m., followed by the men’s team taking on Immaculata University at 7:00 p.m. Additionally, the women’s basketball team was selected for the ECAC Championships and was headed to Lebanon Valley College for a 6:00 p.m. contest. That result would come in by email.
The morning began around 9:30 a.m. and it mostly involved administrative work, as one of my main duties as Associate Athletic Director involves the scheduling of our facilities. First on the agenda that day was finalizing the turf schedule for the rest of the spring. With lacrosse in season, those teams have top billing. However, once spring break ends, the fall teams are permitted by NCAA rules to have 16 practice dates during their non-traditional seasons. So filling in the limited remaining time on the turf and establishing other practice opportunities on our grass fields for our fall teams was a must.
After that, it was preparing the pre-game speeches and all the links so fans unable to attend the games could follow on Live Stats and Live Video. Links for the live stats and live video for the women’s basketball game at Lebanon Valley were also uploaded on the website. The baseball and softball season previews were posted on the DelVal athletics website as their 2015 campaigns were set to begin in a few days.
My invaluable graduate assistant Chris Elliott and I headed to the stadium around 2:30 p.m. to set up the press box for the games. This included getting the camera ready for the live video, getting the laptops prepared to maintain the statistics for the game, scoreboards and pre-game music. We entered the starting lineups and were ready to go.
These were the first lacrosse games that Chris and I were going to stat. We practiced using game film and a scrimmage the last couple of weeks to get a feel for the sport. As the home team, we are the official statisticians for the game. They are not only our records, but they also go to our opponents, the conference office and the NCAA. The two of us and our student workers call out and record all categories including goals, assists, shots, saves, ground balls and more.
Both games were fast moving and exciting. What was not exciting was the rain and fog that rolled in making it difficult to see the action. We weathered through it (no pun intended) and the Aggies were victorious in both games (the women beat Cedar Crest, 22-10, while the men posted an 8-7 win over Immaculata).
After the contests, it was back to the office to send the stat files to our opponents and write game recaps (including the women’s basketball game that came in by then, unfortunately, we had lost to Lebanon Valley). The stories were posted on the DelVal athletics website, Facebook and Twitter. They were also sent out to local media outlets and a few websites (such as D3hoops.com) that need the information. The day was done around 10:30 p.m.
It was a highly productive day, albeit it a long one. What’s great about the position is that each day brings something new. And with a lot of the job focused around live sporting events, you never know what you may see. It could be a typical game or, one like a month ago when our men’s basketball team won with a near half-court shot at the buzzer and we got that highlight on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
It’s what brings you back each day and what makes it fun to be an Aggie!