Editor’s note: Michael Schofield’s last name was incorrectly spelled Shofield.
Imagine a rolling frat house.
â€œYou take a bunch of young kids, some of them with quite a bit of money, and you put them together for five to six months out of the year,â€ said Michael Schofield, a 24-year-old 2009 CSU alum.
But this isnâ€™t Greek life. Itâ€™s the life of a minor league baseball strength and conditioning coach keeping a large group of 18-to-24-year-olds in their athletic prime for high-pressure back-to-back games.
â€œYeah, itâ€™s definitely an interesting atmosphere, and itâ€™s a blast,â€ he said.
Schofield has been working for the Southbend Silverhawksâ€“â€“a Single A minor league baseball team in Southbend, Indiana that reports to the Arizona Diamondbacksâ€“â€“since December of 2010.
Equipped with a health and exercise science major and internship experience with a training center called Athleteâ€™s Performance in Los Angeles, the connections he made landed him seven one-hour interviews with Diamondback training managers who drilled him with anatomy and philosophy questions.
â€œI thought I bombed it. I really thought I bombed it â€¦ â€œSchofield said. â€œI was so nervous after the first one ended because I knew I had more coming, and so I bought these anatomy flashcards that I kept studying and had them all spread out so when they called Iâ€™d be ready.â€
His answers carried him to an extended interview in Tuscon, Arizona for three weeks, where he was told afterward that all the strength and conditioning trainer spots were filled. In hopes of being hired for next season, he read anatomy books and studied massage therapy â€“â€“ moves he said led to his eventual hiring.
The seven-month season takes him around the country to places like Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana with nothing but a duffel bag to cart around his existence. There are ups and downs to being so mobile, he says, but being on the go far outweighs its counterpart existence: life in a cubicle.
â€œWeâ€™ll play a game, get in the bus that night, drive through the night 10 hours, get in at 6 in the morning, wake up in a few hours and do it all over again,â€ he said. â€œIt is a grind.â€
But Schofield wouldnâ€™t have it any other way.
â€œI wanted to work with the elite of the elite â€” guys that I donâ€™t need to coach them along and be the cheerleader,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re there for a reason. Itâ€™s their job, and I wanted to do my job to get them where they need to be.â€
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