Former York College ballplayer, Sport Management grad makes career out of baseball
Colbe Herr admits that he didn’t see himself spending his days in Florida working at a prestigious sports academy.
However, after spending most of his life, including his time at York College of Pennsylvania, in baseball, his current job appears to be a perfect match.
In January, the 2014 York College graduate and Sport Management major became a Baseball Program Manager at the IMG Academy, a well-known institution that specializes in high-level athletics. His days are filled with duties that range from setting up camps and tournaments, to meal and transportation planning for the 120 baseball student-athletes that live at the boarding-style school.
“It’s a pretty special place. We treat it like a college. We have two dorms, a lot of kids from 31 states and 12 countries,” he says. “I don’t even know if a typical day exists.”
‘I am loving it’
A large part of his job is handling the budget for the entire baseball department, including overseeing any purchase of food, equipment, uniforms, summer camps, and tournaments the facility hosts.
Most recently, Herr and an associate ran a national 24-team baseball tournament that took place at the Bradenton, Fla., campus. While his job comes with a lot of administrative duties, he is glad to be involved in the sport that has been a part of his life for 15 years – in the warm weather to boot.
“It’s essentially an athletic director’s position for our baseball department,” is how Herr describes his job. “To be honest, I didn’t see myself working in all of these facets. I am loving it. It fits my mold perfectly. As a 23-year-old, it’s not too shabby.”
IMG features all aspects of athletics and academics. Herr says that in addition to the baseball, and the other sports, the school is adamant that its student-athletes get proper mental and nutritional training.
The baseball facility has college coaches that came from large Division I programs, in addition to former Major League players. There is also staff that helps with the international students, and college placement.
Balancing baseball and the classroom
In Herr’s case, his job is the perfect culmination of all of the education he received at York College. His was a Sport Management major, with minors in both Business Administration and Youth Development.
The fact that he was a standout for the Spartans’ baseball team during his time at York College helped. While handling duties as a student and a collegiate athlete, Herr learned time management and making sure to complete his studies around his baseball schedule. He laughs at the misconception some have about the Sport Management program.
“People think you just watch SportsCenter (on ESPN) as a part of class. I watched less than most people because I was so busy,” he says. “Being in the classroom taught me how to handle the workload. Being a student-athlete, I think back, ‘Wow, I did handle a lot.’ I really have to thank all of my professors and coaches for everything.”
‘It came down to opportunity’
His education led him to some quality internships, his first one at IMG and a second at Baseball Factory Inc., in Columbia, Md. He stayed on part time while playing baseball in the Frontier League until IMG was able to take him on full time.
“It came down to opportunity and what was going to help me prepare for work,” Herr says. “Now that I am here, it’s a blessing.”
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