Athletics News

March Madness

March 19, 2013

As everyone is preparing for tournament time, the term March Madness has taken a very different meaning for my time spent at work. The spring is very busy with most of Florida Atlantic's teams in season, but March has by far been the most hectic. Within the next two weeks, men's soccer will host their spring game, men's golf will host their Spring Break Tournament, the swim team will have a competitor at the NCAA Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championship, and football practice just began on Monday.

Organizing and keeping up with all of these major events has been quite the task. My day on Monday began by attending the first football practice of the year as the team prepares for their spring game on April 20. I had to take quotes from players as our department prepared to start promoting the team being back in action.

The madness continued today as we organized the entire athletics department to send off Eszter Bucz, the first FAU swimmer to compete in the NCAA D1 Swimming and Diving Championship since 2006. After spending the past two weeks organizing with her coaches and the department to surprise her as she left for the championship in Indianapolis, it was finally time for her big surprise. We gathered the team and the athletics staff to send her off as the coaches escorted her off campus and to the airport.

With that task completed it is time to refocus on the upcoming men's soccer spring game and men's golf tournament. The men's soccer team will take the field on Saturday, March 23 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. With kick-off approaching, I have been busy making sure all of the teams' needs are fulfilled while making sure everything is organized with the operations and marketing staff for game day.

The final event for March Madness at FAU is the 2013 Spring Break Championship hosted by the men's golf team at The Fountains Country Club on March 29-31. The Owls will host the three-day tournament which will include fifteen schools. After spending the past few months collecting materials from all the participants' SIDs, the program went to print today. The next week will consist of promoting the tournament, preparing for my first experience scoring a golf tournament, and making sure the course is ready for tee time.

With only twelve days left in March there is still so much to be done. As I filed out my March Madness bracket yesterday I thought about how every sports fan waits for this time of year, for the excitement and competition of tournament time. However, I will be very happy when the madness in my life ends as I say goodbye to March 2013.

C-USA Unbridled Ambition Learfield