All work, No play for UMary Equipment Manager

Jim Gremmels is responsible for maintaining the equipment of 15 varsity programs.

"Laundry for all the sports we have here at the University of Mary," Gremmels said. "Getting equipment ready. Getting all the jerseys ready."

In the fall, Jim works approximately 15 hours a day Monday through Saturday. When he travels with the football team, Saturday nights can turn into Sunday mornings.

"We got back from [Bemidji State University] at 10:30 p.m.," Gremmels said, "I didn't leave here until 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning."

A load of laundry for one sport takes an hour and 40 minutes. Jim manages five fall programs with just one washer and dryer. But there's more work while the clothes tumble.

"Making sure we are doing inventory," Gremmels said. "Making sure that we are putting stuff away and getting ready for the following games."

Jim isn't always alone. At times, Graduate Assistant Dillion Yearby provides big help.

"He can push one sport's laundry," Gremmels said. "I can push another load and we can get two things done at one time."

As an equipment manger, Jim's responsibilities stretch beyond the wash room.

"I setup [the McDowell Activities Center for] game days," Gremmels said. "Go get a UHaul on Saturday mornings for the football team and bring their stuff down."

Jim's work is never done. So why does keep working?

"The relationships you have with the student-athletes and the coaches," Gremmels said. "The people around here just make me love coming to work everyday."

This is Jim's 23 year as an equipment manager. Previously, Jim spent 19 seasons at Mayville State.

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