Part of Amanda Phillips’ job as assistant director of athletics communications is to attend almost every home game event, serve as game photographer, and write post-game recaps. Find out what the other half of her job entails in this installment of Who Am I?
Full Name: Amanda Phillips, she/her
Job title: Assistant Director of Athletics Communications
What does your job entail? Day to day, I manage the athletics social media accounts as well as maintain our GoYeo website. Included in that is content creation and photography which takes up most of my time. On game days, I prepare social media content, take photos, and schedule game workers, as well as take statistics during the match. Afterwards, I write up post-game recaps, organize photos, and update team records in preparation of their next contest.
How long have you been at Oberlin? I have been here for just over a year.
What do you enjoy most about your work? There’s plenty to enjoy about the job but I especially love taking in-game photographs and hosting media days for our athletes. They are a small part of my work but it’s great to see the athletes interact with one another and get excited for their season.
Are you an athlete? I played lacrosse in college, but since then I’ve not been able to partake in many organized sports. I did, however, compete in a dodgeball league with my partner recently and we won the league championship!
We have quite a few teams in athletics. How do you juggle it all? I am fortunate enough to work with Mike Mancini, who is a veteran in this field, as well as our phenomenal student workers who really keep the ship afloat. We do as much as we can to be proactive on the job, but with the schedule of athletics constantly fluctuating, it’s imperative that we are able to respond and adapt on a quick turnaround.
What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended? As part of the job, I attend nearly every home sporting event, so there are a ton of memories related to athletics, but my first game here at Oberlin sticks out. It was a baseball doubleheader against Hilbert College last April, and it was especially important because it was the opener for the spring season that we weren’t expecting to have. The atmosphere was electric, and you could feel the excitement from all the athletes in the stadium. Although there were no spectators allowed, it felt like a packed house and the team dominated the Hawks for a game one victory. It was a great way to kickstart my Oberlin experience.
Hobbies? I try to get outside, go on walks, be active, cook new recipes, and perfect old ones. I don’t have any secret talents or big hobbies, but I’ve recently found more time for reading.
Favorite food? Narrowing down to just one favorite food is such a challenge, but every time I go to the Feve, their habanero rangoons are a must-have.
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