The Price of Working in College Athletics

First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Garrett Layton, I’m 23 years old and am in my second year as a graduate assistant in charge of multimedia in the Athletic Communication department here at Canisius College. By no means was or am I an english major, so I am going to go ahead now and apologize for some possible grammar mistakes and bad english which may occur in my blogs. I will not apologize however, for the blunt and dead honest approach that I take when it comes to these blogs. I want to be able to show you what it is like to work in college athletics. Sometimes is great. Sometimes it sucks. But I will always tell you exactly how it is.

Prior to taking over my role in Athletic Communications last year, I worked with two separate men’s basketball teams over a four year stretch. The work was grueling, but rewarding at times. Hours were long (sometimes up to 70 a week). And for four years I really didn’t have much of a life. But that was the price I was willing to pay. While my ambitions and goals for the future have changed, nothing can take away the memories from those four years, and the experiences that I went through. And nothing will take away the work ethic that I learned. “Get it done”, was the motto I lived by. No one cares as to how you fix a problem, they just care that the problem gets fixed. They don’t want to hear excuses, they want to see results.

My job now entails me taking care of all video aspects for GoGriffs.com. Game previews, highlights, interviews and any other multimedia formats are what I handle. I work hundreds of games a year, in all types of weather. Nights, weekends, and occasionally traveling are all part of the job description. The stipend isn’t much. There are many excuses that anyone can make in athletics. But once again, no one cares. If you want a 9-5 job, go sell insurance.

At the end of the day, the opportunities for rewards are endless. Getting to work NCAA tournament games and highlighting teams winning conference championships, are just a few of those.

Everyday I wake up, and get to go to work in athletics. It’s my passion, and it’s what I love to do. But it’s not for everyone. If you don’t like long hours, and low pay, stay the hell away.

Finally finished

Finally finished

Well I got all of my grades back for summer semester, and I’m happy with how I did, but now I’m even more stressed about the job hunt than ever.  I had an interview on Monday, on the phone with an NFL team, haven’t heard back about it yet, but he said I would hear back from them, so hopefully I hear either way soon.  I’ve been applying to jobs, pretty much every day.  (more…)

Well Hello August!

Well Hello August!

The month of July flew by, I think a lot of it is because I was doing school work and enjoying New York City.  I submitted my last final on Saturday night (24 hours early, thank you very much), and it’s odd now, because I feel like I should still be doing homework.  I’ve been checking out a lot of sports books, and keeping an eye on the NFL Labor agreement and NHL trades.  There’s also a charity hockey game here this Sunday (8/7) in Rochester, it’s for Craig Charron.  Ryan Callahan, Marty Biron, Current & Former Amerks, and my good friend Dan Ringwald are all slated to play, and some Sabres may be showing up as well.  I went to the event last year and it was a ton of fun to watch and a great cause, and autograph’s after.

I’ve been bored since getting home from NYC, I worked a bunch when I got back, we are getting our store remodeled, so I helped pack it all up, looks so strange with no product on the shelf, but our store is due for an upgrade, stuff is starting to fall apart.  So now our store is closed until the end of August, meaning I have NOTHING to do.  I have be hanging out with the kids I babysit and catching up with people here in Rochester.  I also had an interview for a teaching position at RIT, and it seemed pretty positive, so hopefully next week I can let you all know for sure.  I’m also prepping for my sister in law’s baby shower, which is August 21st.  I’m so excited to have a little niece or nephew, October can’t come soon enough (that also means hockey will be starting, what could be better?)

Alright, I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and I hope we get some great weather for August.

Feeling the Heat

Feeling the Heat

Sorry my post is late, the beginning of the week got away from me and I was trying to get ahead on my assignments for the week. I’m heading back to Rochester next week to help with a project for a few days. Still no word from jobs here in the city, but I keep applying and have made a bunch of contacts so hopefully something will turn up. I still can’t believe I’m almost done with my Masters program. I’m proud of myself for getting it done so quickly, but am also not looking forward to my loans coming in the near future. I’ve been talking to a lot of friends who have recently graduated and they are all trying to find jobs, and becoming very frustrated as well. (more…)

Back in NYC

Back in NYC

So I got back to New York City, living with my friend Devin from home for the month, looking for jobs and just taking a mental break from home.  It’s been an adventure thus far, and it’s only been 3 days.  I took the train from Rochester, which I’ve never done before, and it wasn’t as bad than I thought it would be, except I couldn’t fall asleep.  It’s a 7 hour ride, so I got some reading done and did some homework.   (more…)

Week 5=>Week 1

Week 5=>Week 1

So week 5 was a bit stressful, I had a bunch of papers due and not very much free time to do so because of working.  I knew summer classes were going to be a lot, but I took on too much with work, I’m just glad I survived and hopefully my grades reflect the amount of work I did put in, along with the 3 all-nighters I pulled just to get all my work done throughout the 5 weeks. (more…)