AGEC Freshmen Finds Place on Basketball Court as Team Manager 

Written By: Jo Thomas, Academic Advisor 

Dawson Jacoby (AGMG; Frankfort) found his passion for basketball at a young age and has played most of his life. As a high school senior, Dawson was presented with several options for his education and even had the option to play for some smaller schools in Indiana at the NAIA level. In the end he knew Purdue was the right choice, even if it meant he might not get to play. Not getting to play didn’t stop his love for the game, in Fall of 2019, Dawson accepted a position as a manager for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team. 

“I wanted to be a part of something that was special, and I knew that’s what the basketball team offered. I’ll always be a player at heart, but for now managing is fun and rewarding.” 

Some of Dawson’s responsibilities a manager has include helping set up practice for the day, rebound for the players, participating in drills when needed, and being available for anything and everything. Managers do a lot of different things, and there are certain things they do more than others, but each day can bring something different. 

Dawson has loved managing but found the relationships he’s made to be the best part. “My favorite part of this experience has been the relationships I’ve made. The relationships with the managers, players, coaches, and all the other staff around the team will be ones that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. There are truly some great people in the program, and I feel privileged I get to be a small part of it.” 

Being a manager has allowed Dawson to not only stay engaged in the sport he loves but also build leadership skills. “I would say the two main professional skills I’ve gained is adapting to new environments and attention to detail. Being a manager is a new experience to me and there are things that can happen in the blink of an eye that you have to be ready for and being a manager has really helped with that. Also, I had to meet everybody new all at once which can be challenging for some people, but I really enjoyed it. Attention to detail is another big one because there are people counting on us to get things done right and if we make a mistake it could really affect people, so we have to be very careful with what we do.” 

While the 2019-2020 basketball season came to a close earlier than anyone would have liked, Dawson is staying positive. With three more years left in his education, Dawson looks forward to next year’s season as he continues his management position.  

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