I'll Take This Job
The first time I met the team was on a
warm October afternoon. We met in
front of the Education Building for our
group picture. I thought, T
am never going to remember
all the names, much less their
For the first time in my life,
I felt short, very short, okay
midget-like. The whole way
home, I thought, what have I
gotten into? I have never
been a manager before. I haven't ever washed someone's
dirty socks. I figured it would
work out. It had to.
That same day we had a midnight
practice, yes midnight. The hour most of
us sleep or watch David Letterman.
Well, I made it through that practice
easily. All I had to do was to help decorate the locker room, video tape the
practice, and eat pizza. Wow, five
months more of practice like this, it will
be a breeze.
That is what I thought, until I had to
wash the clothes. Let's put it this way,
before I started this job I honestly won
dered why their practice clothes had to
be washed everyday. Now, I know the
clothes would rot if not cleaned daily.
The next step was learning
to use the washing machine.
No these aren't beautiful
small almondine Maytags.
These washing machines are
huge grey steel barrels, big
enough to wash a weeks
worth of the Brady Bunch's
clothes. Their controls belong
on a DC-10.1 made it through
that obstacle, only turning
one or two socks pink.
My next problem was keeping track of six dozen towels. To a manager, finding a towel lying around
Hofheinz is reason enough to celebrate. I
encountered a couple of other minor obstacles, such as, thinking the video camera was on play and it wasn't and losing
the uniforms at the end of the season (I
found them). But you know, I wouldn't
trade this job, the players, or the coaches
for anything in the world.
— Charlotte Palmer
Manager of the Lady Cougars
Taking a late night tour through Miami, Mildred
Williams, Kelly McCabe, Charlotte Palmer, Karen
Yee, Arlene Brown, and an energetic Sallie Routt
find their way to the beach. Photo by B. Ashley.
Drew Parker and Mildred Williams help load up
the vans for the trip to Colorado. Photo by B.
Missy Davis looking for some entertainment.
Photo by B. Ashley.
Front Row: head coach Greg Williams, manager
Charlotte Palmer, trainer Debbie Sheffield, Arlene
Brown (15), Sharon Knight (22), Cozette Ealy
(31), Carla Fountain (14), Darla Dean (32). Back
Row: assistant coach Andrew Parker, Mildred Williams (12), Bridgette Forte (20), Missy Davis (40),
Kelly McCabe (34), Darla Simpson (4), Karen Yee
(50), Sallie Routt (24), Barbara Anderson (11).
Aida Rexach (10), assistant coach Sandy Jarka.
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