Women’s basketball: Managers play big role in basketball

Some might call it doing chores. Others may refer to it as a job.

But for the individuals who take on the role of student manager, they call it family.

Little is known about the Butler women’s basketball team’s two managers. They try to operate as stealthily as CIA agents for the U.S. government.

“A good manager will be invisible,” Brian Weitz, a junior first-year manager, said.

While being a team manager is an on-campus job, it is not one that draws people with a large paycheck.

“We get paid what probably comes out to about 25 cents per hour,” Weitz said.

Weitz is a transfer student. His roommate, fellow junior Evan Eichhorn, is also a manager for the team.

Eichhorn is entering his second season as a manager and said he has no regrets so far.

In his first season with the team, Eichhorn worked with 11 athletes over the course of a 34-game season that lasted just over four months.

“It feels like I have four moms in the four coaches sometimes,” Eichhorn said. “It’s the personal interactions that make this worth it. We’ve grown real close to the team.”

Weitz echoed the same sentimental feelings as his managing mentor.

“It’s the people we throw the ball back to that make it all worth it,” Weitz said.

The managers take care of everything behind the scenes.

They get the basketballs out of the locker room.

They sit in on opposing teams’ shootarounds to offer assistance.

They get towels out and wipe up sweat off the floor.

Eichhorn also runs both the shot and game clocks as well as the scoreboard during each practice.

Water bottles are also on the to-do list, as each player has her personal water bottle filled with ice water before practices and games.

A container of Gatorade is also on the checklist.

During games, one of the managers is stuck in solitary confinement filming the game while the other is sitting on the bench with the team.

Eichhorn also has the added responsibility of uploading the game film to the Butler Athletics website for other teams’ usage.

The countless hours spent by the managers doing the behind-the-scenes work to make the team’s operations flow more smoothly do not go unnoticed, however.

“It’s been an exceptional year for our managers,” coach Beth Couture said. “What I like about the managers is the passion for our program. They want to win as much as we do.”

The pay may not be great, the hours may be pressing and the appreciation may, at times, be lacking.

For Eichhorn and Weitz, these factors are of no concern. They are in it together for the team.

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