For David Ford ’13, being a student manager on the Villanova men’s basketball team turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience after the team clinched the NCAA championship title this year.
Ford became a student manager with the men’s team in 2013, prior to his first semester at Villanova. As a student manager, some of Dave’s responsibilities include setting up for practices and games, handling equipment, assisting coaches with player workouts, and helping the staff with miscellaneous tasks. He works specifically with equipment setting up the locker room before games, washing uniforms, distributing gear, and making sure all the players and coaches have what they need for games and practices.
“I've grown up my whole life surrounded by basketball, so I love being around the game. If I can't play in the games, helping out those who can is the next best thing,” Ford said.
He called being at the Final Four in Houston, TX an “incredible experience.”
“The building was electric for the championship game (there were about 74,000 people there),” he explained. “ The Nova Nation was well represented in Texas. At times it felt like a home game.”
Ford is currently a junior psychology major, business minor at Villanova, and hopes to work in sports someday either in coaching, administration, or marketing.