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.