ARTICLE OF THE DAY
Behind The Scenes
by Coach Gary Overton
ECU has long had the
most ardent of loyal, proud and
passionate fans, even to the point of its fan base being called the
strength of Pirate athletics. As ECU supporters poured through
the gates of beautiful Clark-LeClair stadium this past weekend fans may
have only seen that which was being accomplished on the field of play.
However, the roles of many individuals inside of athletic
administration played a large part in the success of this tournament as
well as other major sporting events.
It has been said
management is the process by which key personnel
provide leadership for an organization to function efficiently and
effectively in achieving the goals for which the organization exists.
People do not miraculously work together nor do they spontaneously band
together and strive to accomplish common objectives. ECU
officials are certainly not lacking in quality when it comes to key
personnel as officials and their respective staffs work very well
together to specifically put on a first class event. Following are just
a few of those quality individuals and their duties as seen at
Clark-LeClair over the past week.
Director for Operations J.J. McLamb is responsible
for the athletics department’s day-to-day operations including game day
activities and special events while he also plans and schedules
athletics facilities for competitions and practice. His staff of Mike
Cherry and Joey Perry oversees student interns who serve as facility
grounds staff and no one would argue the credibility of Joey Perry as
it relates to athletic field maintenance. The hours for these guys are
endless and the work is sometimes arduous but reaching that common goal
and fulfilling responsibilities for the benefit of Pirate fans keep
these guys going.
Director for Media Relations Tom McClellan and his
staff is responsible for the working environment within media relations
and the publicity efforts of all 20 ECU intercollegiate sports. Tom
serves as the primary contact for football while Jody Jones does the
same for men’s basketball. Malcolm Gray handles the media coordinators
job for women’s basketball and Rob Dunning the same for baseball. If
only ECU fans could have seen the “class” environment put forth by
these guys, and for anyone who questions it, just ask Will Kimmey of
Baseball America or A.J. Carr of the News and Observer. These two old
friends marveled at the treatment for media, the new complex, and the
overall atmosphere created by the Sports Information
Athletic Director for Tickets Scott Wetherbee and
one of the longest tenured employees on athletic staff, ticket office
assistant Faye Pass, who are the first to be seen upon entering any
stadium on game day. They oversee student interns and ticket employees
to ensure the comfort and ease of admission for all ECU ticket holders
in addition to creating an efficient means of ticket distribution.
These are just a few of
those who make attendance at Pirate athletic
events more enjoyable so the next time you’re basking in the
Clark-LeClair sun, screaming with the Minges Maniacs, or just enjoying
football at Dowdy-Ficklen on a crisp fall afternoon, remember the
people behind the scenes. But most of all, when you pass them at a
game, give them a big Pirate “Thanks”.
Coach Gary Overton