Team managers organize behind the scenes and on the field


Blake Dunkley

As manager of the varsity boys basketball team, Senior Camille Bryant was in charge of filming games and taking statistics.

Zara Siddique, Audience Engagement Manager

The distinct echo of basketball fills the gym prepping for a game, as a student sets up a video camera. The soccer team warms up before a game, as a student sets up drills. The dance team meets in the hallway before half time, as a student sets up their music. 

This school year many varsity sports teams have opened a new role, one that will never see time on the field or court: manager. This role goes to one or two students who display a passion for the sport but are unable to participate. 

Grayson Smith was a member of the girls soccer team in ninth grade and now as a senior is the manager for the varsity team. Due to course load and other extenuating circumstances she opted out after that first season, but because of her love for the team and the sport, she chose to take on the role of manager. 

“I get to be involved in soccer again and hang out with the people I’d become friends with through soccer, so it feels pretty natural,” Grayson said, “and there are a lot of people there I know so it’s a lot of familiar faces and a familiar setting.” 

While Grayson believes her role to be on the more relaxed side — setting up drills, blowing up balls and passing a ball around with injured players — other managers have a higher commitment.

The managers for the dance team are responsible for setting up the music studios, and are responsible for the music at games and competitions. 

“They are a part of our team,” coach Nichole Magliocco said. “They are included in everything that we do as a team — locker buddies, team practices, games, meetings, senior night, everything.” 

Senior Camille Bryant had a unique experience as manager for the varsity boys basketball team, where she was in charge of filming games and taking statistics.

“It was nice getting to watch my friends do something they love, and I got to meet a lot of cool people,” Camille said. 

Like Grayson, Camille became a sports team manager as a way to interact with a sport without a large time commitment.

“I became a manager because I wanted to feel like a part of something, but not have a huge time commitment due to this being my final year,” Camille said.

Ms. Magliocco noted that sports team manager is becoming an increasingly popular position, as many students have approached her about it. 

“I really appreciate them and their help throughout the season,” said Ms. Magliocco. “They are a great addition to the team.”

As the basketball players take the court, Camille focuses the camera and presses record. Grayson sits with the coaches watching the soccer game begin knowing her behind-the-scenes work is done. The dance team managers stand ready at the music prepared to help overcome any technical difficulties. With the help of these managers, the sports teams can begin their game without any worries blocking their concentration.