Doin' Work

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston November 25, 2009  11
Assistant Coach for a Night

NATCHITOCHES, La. -- Last week, when I talked to Northwestern State assistant coach Mark Slessinger about my visit to Natchitoches for the Demons' game against Houston Baptist, one of the first questions he asked me was, "Where do you want to sit?" I spent considerable time around the Northwester...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston December 21, 2009  9
Assistant Sports Information Director for a Night

Sports information is like electricity or water. When the power's on and everything's flowing regularly, nobody notices. Everybody takes these things for granted. But whenever anything goes wrong, people act like it's the end of the world. Sports information directors are expected to be perfect, t...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston December 31, 2009  12
Stat Crew Spotter for a Night

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- The date was December 21, 2007. The place: Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium. A small crowd, its numbers diminished by school break and holiday shopping, watched the homestanding Jaspers take on the Pepperdine Waves in just another pre-conference tuneup. Those who did show...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston January 26, 2010  12
In the Band for a Day

BOSTON -- My high school, just an hour's drive north of here, wasn't big enough for a band -- unless you count the garage-rock outfits that banged out Grateful Dead covers in the dorm rooms. It wasn't until I got to college when I crossed paths with "pep band people," strange creatures who tended ...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Vol. 6 Kyle Whelliston January 29, 2010  13
Assistant Palestra Custodian for a Day

PHILADELPHIA -- They say the difference between home and the road is that when you're at your own place, you clean up. That the difference between a guest and a friend is that a friend will help with the dishes. So when I slept over at the Palestra on Wednesday night, a place I consider to be the ...