Andrew Obringer, Coordinator of Sports Services, talks about ‘dribbling up and down the court,’ ping pong, never winning an intramural championship shirt, and being old.
How did you get to CC?
I had been living in Colorado Springs for just over a year when I saw the Coordinator of Sports
Services posting. The job description closely matched a previous position I held with the University of Dayton, one I really enjoyed. I threw my name in and was fortunate enough to land an interview. I’m loving it here.
What do you do here?
I do a little bit of everything for the Athletics Department. My main responsibility is to coordinate and manage the operations of our varsity home games. I’m also the VP of Intramurals and help Chris Starr with flag football, basketball, and softball. Then, whatever else the bosses tell me to do.
What is your favorite sport?
Basketball is my favorite sport. I like the way they dribble up and down the court.
Do you get to play any intramural sports?
Yes. I have played basketball and softball. I might join the ping-pong tournament this year. We’ll see. I have yet to come away with a shirt, so I’m hoping Chris adds something I can win. Maybe an eating contest, or a mustache-growing tournament?
What intramural would you play if you could?
Ultimate Frisbee, but I’m too old and those guys are too good.
What is up with flag football being so intense?
I think it’s the nature of football. Even though you are playing with flags, there is still some contact. You guys are all pretty competitive when it comes to IMs. All the sports can be intense when there are championship t-shirts on the line.
What is the best part of your job?
My responsibilities change with the seasons, which keeps it fresh. I like that a lot. I also like interacting with the students and getting to know you guys. It makes me feel old, but that’s OK. I would feel younger if you guys would just nod and act like you get my references every once in a while. And seriously, if you guys haven’t seen Uncle Buck, you need to go to your local video store and buy or rent it.
What is the future of intramurals?
I think the programs will stay constant for the most part. Technology has already helped a lot with submitting rosters and posting schedules online. I think this will continue as technology evolves, making it easier to communicate with captains and teams.
What do you think about inner tube water polo?
I’m for it. I think it is a unique sport that can be a lot of fun. It’s definitely popular.
What do you think about the role of varsity sports at CC?
There are so many great things about CC; varsity athletics is certainly one of them. The next time you walk through the Great Hall of El Pomar, take a few minutes and look through the trophy cases. The history is very impressive.
Brooks Fleet, Style Editor