Please let me introduce you to someone that has been one of the best surprises for me in a long time, if not EVER! His name is Robert Lloyd, and he is an undecided major Freshman from San Mateo, CA.
Normally I have the opportunity to sit down and visit extensively with prospective student managers, but in the case of Robert, I was unavailable and out of town when he came to Tucson for the visit. My assistant at that time, who is no longer here, sat down with Robert and told him all about what we do as managers and what we expect of them. At the same time it is a chance for us to evaluate them.
My assistant gave him a thumbs up, and he came highly recommended from a GREAT friend of the program, Mark Harlan. So we offered a position to Robert and thankfully for us, he accepted.
From day one here as a student manager, Robert has done NOTHING but exceed expectations for what we have for our managers. He quickly became someone that we trusted to get things done, and doing it with a smile on his face and joy in his heart. You see, Robert immediately became a hit with everyone. He is a GREAT guy to be around and is extremely hard working. I must remind you, he is a FRESHMAN.
As I have mentioned here before, this is my 30th year of doing this, and Robert became the first person in my thirty years to do something. He is the first and only freshman manager to go on their first ever road game. He EARNED his way to our first trip this year to Albuquerque!!!! I could not have been more proud of a manager. You would have thought he was a seasoned veteran!!!!
He has also been given other responsibilities like packing trunks and doing helmet and shoulder pad maintenance. He works with Coach Nichol and the outside receivers when out at practice. He will be making his third trip this weekend to Pullman. He also was able to go to the Stanford game where he was able to spend some time with his family.
Robert went to St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, graduating in May of 2008. He was awarded the Fred and Katie Cox Scholarship. He played soccer and baseball with in high school. He would like to work in the front office of an NFL team someday.
He loves eating Fried Catfish and his favorite movie is American Gangster. He listens to Rap/Hip-Hop music, with Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy being his favorite artist. His favorite teams besides the Arizona Wildcats are the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco Forty Niners, and the Golden State Warriors.
We are very fortunate to have Robert Lloyd as a part of our equipment staff team. Thank you Mark Harlan!!!!!!!