Senior football managers ensure team runs smoothly

first_imgBehind every sports team, there is a legion of coaches and staffers that makes sure everything goes according to plan. Senior football managers Justin Cullen, Nathan Feldpausch and Claire Kueny are Notre Dame’s 12th men both on and off-season. Cullen oversees the essentials to all football games — equipment. “I’m the head student in charge of the equipment room and the locker room on both a day-to-day basis and on game day,” he said. Cullen’s job involves coordinating the laundry service with St. Michaels, issuing apparel and gear to the players and fixing any equipment malfunctions that occur during practice. Cullen said his role behind the scenes on game day often goes unnoticed. “What people don’t know is when the team goes out for practice, we set up white boards where different positions meet with their position coaches before the game,” he said. “We do this at halftime too.” Away games make his job a little more challenging, he said. “For away games, after halftime we immediately start moving stuff to our semi because the buses and the semi pull out within an hour of the end of the game,” he said. “That process usually takes through the end of the third quarter and sometimes the beginning the fourth quarter.” While Cullen oversees the equipment, Feldpausch is in charge of administration. Feldpausch works under Chad Klunder, director of football operations.  His main job is to monitor the players’ whereabouts, he said. “I actually get issued a work phone that has the player contacts and figure out where they are when they aren’t on time,” he said. “I always jump a little bit when I hear the [work] phone. [I think,] ‘Uh, oh what do I have to do now?’” His most unique job is watching over Irish coach Brian Kelly’s bag, he said. “I got Coach Kelly’s bag [and] I have to keep it with me at all times,” Feldpausch said. “I carry it on the plane with me and make sure it does not leave my sight.” Kueny oversees personnel involved in making the football game days run smoothly. “I’m the personnel manager, so I’m the person responsible for organizing, scheduling and training all the sophomore and junior managers,” she said. During practice, Kueny makes sure the junior and sophomore managers set up the field properly and know what drills are being performed. She is also responsible for setting up the field before the game and helps run the pre-game warm ups. While the program is fairly fluid now, it is in the midst of changes, she said. Next year, the number of football managers will decrease. Only those who express a deep interest in the football program will work with Irish football, while the other managers will specialize in the Olympic sports, Kueny said. “We’ll have a football pool for people who really want to do football and an Olympic sports pool, so people really go towards their interest,” she said. Cullen said the managers support the team both on and off-season, but their hard work comes to fruition 12 Saturdays a year. “We work for about eight months of the year, [but] when you really think about it, it comes down to 12 football games,” he said.last_img read more

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Nelson aces Tuesday Hobby Stock qualifier

first_imgDylan Nelson led all but the first two circuits in winning Tuesday’s qualifying feature for IMCA Hobby Stocks at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Lining up behind Nelson and Luinenburg on the outside row of Saturday’s Big Dance will be fellow Great Eight finishers Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., Gonska, of Brainerd, Minn., John Watson of Des Moines, hard charger Malik Sampson of Worthington, Minn., and Dawson DeBoer and Blake Arends, both of Little Rock.  The Adel speedster caught Tim Gonska for the point on the third circuit and weathered a handful of restarts before taking the checkers at the end of the 25-lapper at Boone Speedway. The last 11 laps ran caution-free. Reading, Minn.’s Justin Luinenburg settled into second on lap 20 but could never mount a challenge to the leader.  Sampson made an incredible run after starting last in the field of 28. Luinenburg had started 11th, Watson 13th and Arends 22nd.  Watson qualified for the Saturday show for the ninth time, Hernandez and Sampson both for the fourth, DeBoer for the second and Nelson, Luinenburg, Gonska and Arends each for the first.  Qualifying feature results – 1. Dylan Nelson, Adel; 2. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn.; 3. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 4. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn.; 5. John Watson, Des Moines; 6. Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Dawson DeBoer, Little Rock; 8. Blake Arends, Little Rock; 9. Cody Stone, Hobbs, N.M.; 10. Brady Larkins, Deshler, Neb.; 11. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Greg Sidles, Fairmont, Minn.; 13. David Simpson, Des Moines; 14. Darin Johnson, Dickens; 15. Seth Janssen, Ogden; 16. Matt Brown, Dysart; 17. Jamie Coady, Colfax; 18. Bryan Johnson, Graettinger; 19. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 20. Charlie Stevens, Algona; 21. Tyson Overton, Carlisle; 22. Zach Hemmingsen, Marne; 23. Carl Ellis, Pleasantville; 24. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 25. Dustin Thompson, Villisca; 26. Jack Phillips, Mitchellville; 27. Brady Henderson, Curtis, Neb.; 28. John Rebstock, Morton, Minn. Last-chance qualifying on Wednesday adds the final six car to Saturday’s main event grid.  BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 3) – A long run at the front in his Tuesday night qualifier put Dylan Nelson on the front row for Saturday’s Hobby Stock main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.last_img read more

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StarTimes secures broadcasting rights for LaLiga Santander, UEFA Nations League

first_imgRelatedPosts NBC Code and non-exclusivity provision, by Kunle Osisanya-Afolabi GO partners top retail, tech brands on Black Friday sales this week StarTimes illuminates movie experience with Hollywood Channel, Jenifa’s Diary debuts From September, StarTimes will be the home of Lionel Messi and Christian Ronaldo as the Digital TV operator has acquired broadcasting rights of LaLiga Santander and the UEFA Nations League.StarTimes secured four-season transmission rights for the Spanish top league, which will be broadcast in French language, from 2020/21 to 2024 season across sub-Saharan Africa. Matches will be aired live and in HD on the StarTimes Sports channels as well as the StarTimes ON streaming application.UEFA Nations League is UEFA’s newest national team competition and is entering its second edition.This national team competition replaces friendlies with competitive matches, allowing nations to play against equally ranked teams.The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League, starting from the group stage, will begin on September 3.The 2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage matches will be played between September and November. Starting on September 3, matchday 1 will see great games such as Germany vs. Spain, Sweden against France and, titleholder Christian Ronaldo’s Portugal vs. Croatia.“We are delighted to have secured the broadcast rights to LaLiga Santander, one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world,” said Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sports Director. “The acquiring of LaLiga Santander shows our commitment to continuously enrich our bouquets and to provide our subscribers with premium sports content.”“StarTimes has a strong presence in the region and proven expertise in sports in general and football in particular, which will help us all to reach as wide an audience as possible,” said Melcior Soler, Director of the LaLiga audiovisual department.Tags: Broadcasting rightsLaLiga SantanderstartimesSub-Saharan AfricaUEFA Nations Leaguelast_img read more

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