Meet Butler’s Men’s Basketball Managers
Butler and Michigan State Men’s Basketball Managers after a friendly between programs on Nov. 16. Photo courtesy of @ButlerManagers.
KATERINA ANDERSON | SPORTS JOURNALIST | [email protected]
The Butler men’s basketball program is a staple in the city of Indianapolis and has a loyal Bulldog fan base, receiving continued support and dedication from the Butler community, especially their student managers.
Sports journalist Katerina Anderson met three of the team’s managers. Two of them are major sports media and one of them has family members who have played basketball at Division I level.
Jacob Lindsey is a major junior in sports media from Fort Wayne, Indiana and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Lindsey grew up playing basketball and soccer, and continued her relationship with basketball through college by becoming a manager at Butler.
Lindsey heard about the high school job as a friend of her basketball team was recruited by Butler. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, as Lindsey grew up as a basketball fan of Butler and always wanted to come to Butler from a young age.
Lindsey applied to become a manager in 2019 and has been with the team ever since. Lindsey believes what makes Butler’s basketball special is the top-down respect within the program.
âButler really takes care of his own people,â Lindsey said. “It goes from players and staff to managers. I think Butler has a very good track record of being managers who get jobs in the sport.”
Lindsey said her dream job has always been to coach college basketball and aspires to make any kind of career in the basketball industry. He believes management is a great way to gain experience and bond for the future.
Jack McHugh is a sophomore sports media student from Manasquan, New Jersey and a first-year male basketball manager – due to COVID-19 preventing any new managers from being hired last season. Because his high school did not have a basketball team, McHugh got involved as an eighth-grade basketball coach elsewhere. He said it was the sport he enjoyed watching and playing the most.
When asked what the program looks for in managers, McHugh said that a genuine love and interest in the game is essential to being a Butler basketball manager, due to the amount of work that the work involves.
âThey’re looking for someone who’s willing to do the dirty work and who’s always there because it’s a little bit of a pain,â McHugh said. “If you are not there and if you are not dedicated then you will not be making the most of the opportunity.”
McHugh said he always wanted to work in the sport and hopes to become COO or basketball analyst in the future for a high-end Division I team. With that goal in mind, he decided to become a manager – citing that he should climb the ranks to get to where he wants to be. McHugh believes starting out as a manager will put him on the right path to achieving that goal.
Kai Bates Diop
Kai Bates-Diop is a young psychology student with a double major in Spanish and minor in athletic training from Bloomington, Illinois. Bates-Diop grew up immersed in college basketball with his two father and big Brother having played in Division I institutions – Creighton and Ohio State, respectively.
He was set to follow this same path until his sophomore year of high school when he found out he was suffering from a heart condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This means that the walls of her heart are thicker than normal, making it more difficult to pump blood. Due to his condition, Bates-Diop had to give up the idea of ââplaying basketball in college.
âThe next best thing for me was figuring out how I could get involved otherwise,â said Bates-Diop.
This led him to lean into management in order to continue his love and dedication to the game. He describes himself as “a fly on the wall”, using his stance as a way to help him deepen his understanding of it. basketball level. Management taught him to work better in a team environment, good communication skills and to adapt to any situation he might be thrown into.
Bates-Diop recommends anyone with a passion for the game like him to consider Butler.
âIf you want to be a part of one or have an interest in varsity athletics, a place like Butler is definitely a good place to start,â Bates-Diop said. âIt gives you that kind of more intimate environment to build those relationships. So I feel like it’s definitely something unique.
Bates-Diop plans to attend college to pursue a master’s degree in psychosocial aspects of physical sports. His final goal is to enter the administrative level of varsity athletics and become director of basketball operations at a large institution like the State of Michigan or the State of Oregon.