Well, after a long break, and very quick and short summer, I am finally going to try to get going on the blog again.
I truly appreciate all the emails, facebook messages, phone calls and personal comments from many of you that have said they miss the blog. I never realized how many people read and enjoyed the blog.
I can not remember the last time I have had so much fun being an equipment manager! I have been extremely busy, but every minute of it has been extremely enjoyable.
I have decided to start our transition move a little earlier than expected. There have been some changes in our department, and with us moving into a football only equipment room in the future over at the stadium, we were going to have to change our way of operations eventually. As mentioned, there have been some changes, and one of the big ones was the announcement of baseball moving to Hi Corbett which is off campus.
I have decided to make some changes of sport responsibilities within our staff, so I have been extremely busy all summer long with the changes.
I am happy to report that the past few weeks with training camp have been really smooth! It always helps when you have GREAT people around you. Our student managers have been OUTSTANDING since they arrived for work back on July 29. We return 5 seniors, and added 8 new managers. We have 5 new freshman to UofA as managers, and all of us in the equipment room couldn't be any happier with those 5 additions.
They are: Jordan Aronson from Boston, MA.; Kristen Javens from Chicago, IL; Amber Sipe from CDO High School, right here in Tucson; Brennan Smith, from Pusch Ridge Christian also here in Tucson; and Joe Xavier from San Francisco, CA.
Our other three new to the program were already students here at the UofA, but new as football student managers. They are: Derek Janssen from Illinois (he has worked in the equipment room with Benny Conger helping with Basketball and Baseball for the past few years); Colby Matzke from Texas, and Dan Schrader from Monterrey, CA.
These 8 new managers join an AWESOME group of returners, which are showing incredible leadership throughout camp. These five are: Michael Barnett from New City, NY; David Bodzin from Texas; Jordan Gobel from Chicago, IL; Robert Lloyd from San Francisco, CA; and Billy Worthington of Brophy H.S. in Phoenix, AZ.
I hope to start blogging with more regularity, along with always popular pictures. As usual, I am very excited about the upcoming season. Thanks again for all the encouraging comments about the blog. I am glad that there is more than a couple of people that look at the blog each day.