When football is your favorite sport and your parents won’t let you play because it is a guy’s sport, then being a student manager for the football team is your next best option.
That’s the role Savannah Roth took three years ago. The Abilene senior really loves football, wanted to play badly, but her parents said no, so she talked coach Jeff Geist into letting her become a student manager.
“I wanted to be a manager because I wanted to do something different than being in the student cheering section,” Roth said. “Football is my favorite sport, I wanted to play, but my parents said, ‘No you can’t play because it’s a guy’s sport.’ I said ‘OK, I’ll become a manager and that’ll be the closest thing to playing.’
A student manager’s routine is different each day.
“On practice days, we have to make sure they enough water. Also, if kids are dropping because of injuries, we have enough ice packs,” she said. “If it’s too serious, then we have to call Justin (Clark) our trainer.”
Game days are different and require a lot of organization and preparation.
“Inside the locker room, after they are all dressed, I have to get stuff ready for the game,” Roth said. “We have to get the Gatorade ready and other things needed for game day. Plus, being the head manager, I have to make sure that Myranda (Patrick) and Zach (Gable), the other managers, have stuff ready for the freshmen and junior varsity games as well the varsity games.”
Roth complimented Patrick and Gable for the job they are doing for the Cowboy football program.
“This team is like my family,” she said. “I spend about four months with them plus summer practices, so they’re my family. It is really cool to have someone back you up in life and they really do, so that is why I love doing this.”
Roth’s love for her job is evident to her boss too.
“Savannah is not afraid to take charge,” Cowboy coach Jeff Geist said. “She is very confident in what she is doing and she keeps our guys in line.”
Savannah not only works with the coaches but she also assists Justin Clark if needed.
“I work with Justin a lot in football,” she said. “Sometimes I help him tape kids up or get him supplies for his room in the locker room if he needs it.
“One thing I do is clean his room, because if I didn’t, no one will and it gets kind of gross in there, I’m not going to lie.”
She said she talks with Clark a lot. “He is like another friend, part of the family,” she said.
Roth balances a busy schedule between being a student manager and serving as the co-captain of the AHS dance team, she also competes in power lifting and she runs track.
“She has a lot of things going for her and she’ll be successful in whatever she does,” Geist said. “Whether it’s being on the dance team, track (where she was a state pole vault qualifier last year) or whatever she decides to do.”
“I hate to see her graduate,” Geist added.
Roth’s plans are to graduate and attend a university to get a degree in criminal justice.
“I want to major in criminal justice and probably minor in psychology because I want to be a profiler,” she said. “Hopefully I can work with the FBI. I want to work with criminally insane people the rest of my life and see why they do things that they do.”
“But right now I am focused on the task at hand and that is this football team,” she said. “It’s just taking care of the family, they are part of my family and I love them.”
Roth’s parents are Linda and the late Rex Roth of Abilene.