For my Sport Manager Interview I interviewed Mr. Matt Seibring who is an Assistant Director in Competitive Sports. I asked Mr. Matt questions that related to his job and basically to help prepare and give me advice for my career plans in the future. In the Assistant Directory role they have professional staff that reports all information and how everything is going throughout the work day. Mr. Matt manages the coordinators and has to make sure all of the supervisors are trained so that everything goes smoothly.
So if anything goes wrong with specifically intramural sports he is held accountable for all mishaps. In being an Assistant Director there are certain skills that you have to have and develop in order to be in this position. From the interview Mr. Matt said that a big part of it is scheduling, organization and programming. When you have to schedule leagues and tournaments those skills will help you on your task of getting things done.
Also having a strong background in officiating will benefit you because you have to be able to teach all the student officials the proper way of how to officiate. In the interview I asked Mr. Matt what made him want to apply to be an Assistant Director in Competitive Sports. He simply said it was because if the passion and love for sports. He worked as a student official and a supervisor with intramural sports when he was an Undergrad. Mr. Matt continued to enjoy working with students, student development and programming and decided to make it into a profession after grad school.
Being that this was the case Mr. Matt was not in it for the money but just for the love of recreation and sports. In the field of recreation no one should be in it for the money. Institutions in the collegiate level, everyone has at least a master’s degree in business administration, so if people really wanted to make money they could utilize there degree elsewhere and make way more money. In the interview Mr. Matt told me some advice on some sport organizations and internships I could join and do.
He said any student organization that helps you with managing and organizing people would benefit and just taking any leadership role in the organization. Also doing any of NC States Club Sports would be beneficial and then when you’re in it you could join the Club Sport Council. The Club Sport Council is the student leadership of all of the Club Sports at NC State. In getting an internship, he said that there are plenty. NC State’s internships in the Competitive Sport perspective are looked at, at a case by case thing.
So if a student comes in need of an internship they talk to them on what they really want to gain in life and then figure out the best how they can give the person help for their future. To be an Assistant Athletic Director in Competitive Sports you will have to learn a lot about management along with time management and staying on task.
Mr. Matt teaches and helps students develop skills that they can use in any other job or career that they plan to do. As the interview progress I asked Mr. Matt did he play any sports in high school or college and he said yes. In high school he played basketball, football, and baseball, but he mostly stuck with football being that, that was he’s best sport. In college he said that he played every intramural sport that you could think of. He loved sports with a passion and wanted to make his career to be around sports of that nature. Last but not least to conclude my paper I asked Mr. Matt what advice he would give me if I wanted to get to where he was. He simply told me to get involved more than just playing.
Becoming a student employee is huge because you will then get the scoop of what’s happening in the inside of the intramural world of NC States Recreation Center/Facility. He also told me to don’t be afraid to go out and go after any opportunity that is thrown to me or just sitting there ready to be grabbed. I enjoyed interviewing Mr. Matt. At the end of the interview he said that he wish there was more students like me, that was interested into go out and taking advantages of these great opportunities, all I could do is smile because I know that I want nothing but the best in my life.