Love this time of year

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By: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director

Many of the coaches are giving reports about where they are in their seasons or year so I figured I would do the same.  I LOVE this time of year.  In fact, I’m listening to Christmas music in the office as I write this blog entry.

I love this time of year not only because of the holidays but because of the way it relates to my job as sports information director.

I’ll lead by saying that I love my job, but like any job, it can become a grind.  The fall brings with it the excitement of another year getting underway, but often times I get lost in the fact that we generally work 6-7 days per week encompassing every weekend from the beginning of September until the week of Thanksgiving.  That schedule will wear down just about anyone I suppose – even if it is working sporting events.

But this time of year is when the schedules break and provide us with a respite.  There is plenty of time to relax and spend time with family and friends for Thanksgiving.  We also switch gears from football and soccer, etc. to basketball and wrestling, etc.  The job never becomes stale because we’re always moving on to something new – new seasons that hold nothing but promise for what the future holds.

And, after getting a taste of the winter seasons in late November and early December, there is even more opportunity to play catch-up with office work and relax with the onset of finals and the holiday break in December.  Our teams play very little during this stretch.  It allows me to put the fall season to rest by updating the website and record books.  There’s even time to begin working ahead on the spring sports roster bios and previews, along with some projects I’ve been holding off on.  I also take a little vacation time and make sure that I’m ready for the next stretch of six- and seven-day work weeks that will last from early January until the teams breaks for finals in mid-April.

So there you have it – a December blueprint for the typical sports information director and my favorite time of year!

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