Roehrig gets on the job training for a future career

Volleyball against Michigan

Matt Mead

Volleyball against Michigan

The Minnesota volleyball teamâÄôs senior outside hitter Kyla Roehrig likes to stay busy. âÄúI donâÄôt want to be bored; I like to have something to do all the time,âÄù she said. âÄúI prefer a busy schedule.âÄù Considering her career path, thatâÄôs probably a good thing. Roehrig, who will graduate with a degree in business marketing and human resources this spring, has dreams to become a director of operations, a job that includes coordinating all travel plans, preparing all statistics and breaking down videos for a team, as well as other miscellaneous tasks. âÄúThey basically manage everything I canâÄôt do because of time constraints,âÄù coach Mike Hebert said. Nao Ikeda, the GophersâÄô current director of operations, interested Roehrig in the job, enough that Roehrig decided to intern with Ikeda during the summer to see if sheâÄôd like the work. âÄúI became interested between my sophomore and junior year,âÄù Roehrig said. âÄúNao was preparing for our trip to Puerto Rico and I was watching her work for a little bit, and decided I wanted to do an internship and see if I liked working behind the scenes.âÄù Roehrig described the work she saw in detail, including practice times, travel plans âÄî via both plane and bus âÄî hotel reservations and dinner arrangements. âÄúI went to a meeting with her just to see what all she goes through to figure out all of our schedules,âÄù Roehrig said. âÄúDuring the summer, which is the busiest time, IâÄôd probably say she puts in nine to 10 hours per day.âÄù Roehrig quickly jumped into the process, first learning how to take statistics on the equipment available and break them down into the categories needed for practices. âÄúI did a lot of training on that, because thatâÄôs her job during our games,âÄù she said. âÄúI created worksheets on that program, and that showed a lot of different areas, helping to see where we did well and what we could do better. It was interesting to see because this is probably how the coaches look at each game.âÄù And with good volleyball knowledge and strong mathematical skills, Roehrig seemed to adjust quickly to that area. âÄúKyla is really good with numbers and concepts, as well as attention to detail,âÄù Hebert said. âÄúI think sheâÄôs tailor-made for this position.âÄù And in the trip she helped coordinate to Nebraska earlier this year, she seemed to have already proven that. âÄúShe put me in charge of dinner,âÄù Roehrig recalled. âÄúShe would give me a couple of hints of what she wants, but then I would have to go and take care of the rest. It was kind of a cool experience.âÄù Senior setter Rachel Hartmann had no problem with the food on that trip. âÄúOur favorite, I think, was the fruit dip that her mom made, but the barbequed food was really good,âÄù she said. âÄúIâÄôve had that once before.âÄù In the end, however, the job Roehrig is preparing for requires a lot of time and plenty of work. But Hebert said if thereâÄôs someone capable of preparing Roehrig for this job, it would be Ikeda. âÄúNaoâÄôs been doing this for 10 to 12 years now,âÄù he said. âÄúSo I think sheâÄôd be one of the people that can give Kyla the experience and knowledge of what this position entails. Nao would be the one person I would direct Kyla to immediately.âÄù