Jeremy Beard is back in a familiar setting.

Things are hardly regular for the fifth-year head baseball coach at Cal State Bakersfield, who would typically be preparing his group for preseason practices this time of the year. However after the 2020 season ended prematurely, Beard and the Roadrunners have yet to return to group activities, a sabbatical that’s lasted for over 300 days.

With the preseason still on hold, Beard has still had the ability to keep himself associated with the athletic department, taking on a role he hasn’t held because the start of his training career.

In 2001, Beard landed his first college task at Columbia Basin, a junior college in Pasco, Wash. Aside from his responsibilities on the baseball personnel, he likewise worked as an Assistant Athletic Director, Academic Advisor and was even asked to sweep the floor throughout basketball games.

So when CSUB required volunteers for gameday activities throughout its recently relaunched males’s and ladies’s basketball seasons, Beard pounced on an available flooring sweeper position, quickly recovering after getting rid of some early rust.

” I swept every volley ball match, every basketball video game. I was a fantastic flooring sweeper,” he stated of his time at Columbia Basin. “It took me a quarter or 2 to find the ideal angles on (CSUB’s) blue court, it can be deceptive. But I enjoy going back and doing it.”

Beard is one lots of athletic department employees presently volunteering during basketball video games at the Icardo Center, as the Roadrunners attempt to keep the season running smoothy.

With COVID-19 developing a severe budget crunch, CSUB Athletic Director Ziggy Siegfried began conceptualizing methods to keep operations going once the school had the ability to resume athletic competitors. While the department would typically work with outdoors, per hour workers to manage a lot of its in-game operations, the spending plan issue avoided that from happening this season.

In the fall, Siegfried sent out a company-wide e-mail asking staffers if they ‘d have an interest in holding volunteer positions throughout the season.

” We had a considerable amount of responses from individuals who desired to assist,” Siegfried said. “About 95 percent of our employees have actually been volunteers and it’s gone actually well up until now.”

Help has actually come from all over the department.

Prior to they’re enabled to go into the Icardo Center, different staffers– fans aren’t currently allowed to attend games– are greeted by Associate AD for Special Projects Mark Mayes and Track and Field coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, who do temperature checks and validate that attendees have passed a health screening test.

When within, you’ll see the likes Karen Langston (Senior Citizen Associate AD) and Arthur Smith (Spirit Coordinator) running cams for the WatchESPN broadcast, Jon Michalik (Associate AD for Compliance and Life Skills) managing scorekeeping and Logan Belz (Assistant AD for Special Tasks) operating at the scorer’s table.

Siegfried states things have actually gone smoothly so far because the regular gameday staff has actually worked with volunteers to ensure they’ll be placed in a position where they’re best geared up to be successful.

” We have the right leaders in those positions that we’re able to do the suitable training,” he said. “If somebody’s on the video camera, they’re trained. It’s gone actually smooth.”

A lot of the volunteers are also taking part as an effort to get their own sports back and running.

In December, Siegfried stated CSUB and the rest of the Big West Conference would utilize basketball as “a pilot for future choices on other sports,” including that if the season ran smoothy, it would greatly increase the opportunities that the school would have the ability to host a spring season.

Siegfried thinks a choice on spring sports will come quickly, with the only certainty being that groups won’t play a complete season.

” We expect a possible choice on that as early as early next week,” he stated. “My self-confidence is, I would state medium to high that we’ll have spring sports this season, but it will be on an abbreviated schedule.”

CSUB is also intending to find out the status of its wrestling and males’s and ladies’s swimming and diving seasons quickly.

With swimming, Siegfried says the Roadrunners will concentrate on getting pool times for “three to 5 people who have the possibility of receiving the Olympic Trials.”

He included “We’ll choose wrestling competitors within the next week, but we’re absolutely making development.”