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From the athletic budget to team transportation, umpire fees to onsite official expenses, athletic specialist Kristy Lutz works behind the scenes for a smooth experience for LBCC’s Athletics Department.
“The most important parts of what I do are related to budgets and the accounting for our department and all of our athletic team’s budgets,” Lutz said. “We pay for not only the sports, but we pay all the teams equipment, uniform, transportation to a tournament, paying of their entry fees.There’s so much to list it all.”
Lutz is tasked with creating a budget for the teams’ account and added that the second biggest component of her job is the eligibility of an athlete and certifying with the state office they are eligible to compete.
“The California Community College Athletic Association, the governing body to the state of California, oversees all of this. The process is that students must be on a team, meet with Mary Hegarty to do the official paperwork from the state, information about what sport and whether they’ve competed in another sport from another institution,” Lutz said.
Most of the tasks she completes are academic such as verifying enrollment to make sure student athletes have the right amount of units per semester. Lutz then verifies with that school if the information they provided is correct.
Sophomore Isabel Denava, 19, an ultrasound tech major, plays with the women’s softball team said she has not met Lutz, but is aware of the college requirements. “I didn’t know she does all these things ,but I’m glad because I love playing softball here,” Denava said. “I love the intensity of the game and always having a plan and to always be ready.”
Lutz said sophomore athletes have a different set of rules and they need to have more units completed. Athletes are required to maintain 12 units per semester and if a student drops below, it is up to Lutz to let the coaches know a student is not eligible to compete.
Criminal-law major Alex Moen-Sanders, 21, competes in track and field and said, “I’ve only been with the team since Fall 2015 and I enjoy it because it motivates you to work hard and to be a great leader. I’m glad that we have the support available here on campus because I’m still learning and there’s always room for improvement.”
Lutz said, “I’ve been working here since January 8, 2001 and this job really has been nothing but fun for me the entire time I’ve been here,” Lutz said. “I feel like it’s a really special place I’ve been super lucky to be able to be in the same office and in the same place since the beginning and it’s really awesome.”
Main funds from the athletics department comes from the Associated Student Body and comes directly from the sales of the college services card and purchasing the sticker. “I know we can’t make somebody pay, but we like to encourage our students and let them know that is how we get their funding from the ASB and that is part of the equation. It helps generate those funds,” she said.
Students interested in joining a team may visit Lutz in Q111 for all coaches’ contact information.