Stokes, B.S. sport management (2020),
secured a position following graduation as an assistant equipment manager for
the WVU baseball and basketball teams. “Landing my dream job right out of
college at the age of 26 is truly a blessing. I still can’t believe I get to wake
every day and do what I do,” Stokes said.
Stokes, who graduated magna cum laude, credits mentors Gary Lhotsky, CPASS sport management teaching associate
professor, Kyle Keesler, head equipment manager for the men’s and
women's basketball teams along with the baseball team
and David Shapero, head student manager and data analytics coordinator
for WVU baseball for their guidance. In spring 2019,
Lhotsky took Stokes and his classmates to visit Milan Puskar Stadium. During
the tour, Lhotsky highlighted details of running a sports team from the front
office to the field crew and how to treat the grass or turf.
Stokes met Keesler and Shapero in
summer 2018 while he was interning for the West Virginia Black Bears as a
clubhouse assistant. Keesler and Shapero, who work for the WVU baseball team,
later helped Stokes in obtaining his current job. “Ever since then, Kyle and
David have become more than just my bosses or coworkers. They are my best
friends. I can’t thank them enough for the help and guidance they have given me
during my time at WVU,” said Stokes.
Stokes suggests that aspiring sport
management majors get ‘uncomfortable.’ “The more comfortable you are, the less
likely you’re going to achieve your goals,” he said.