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Vol 57 No. 15 : July 29, 2005
Vol 57 No. 15 | July 29, 2005
Officials Announce SAR Staffer as July Employee of the Month

Micol Coppock

Officials at CSULB have announced the selection of Micol Coppock, director of events management for the Department of Sports, Athletics and Recreation, as the campus' Employee of the Month for July.

In honor of his selection, Coppock, who was selected for the award by his peers, was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union, and the walk was renamed "Micol Coppock Lane" for the month.

President Robert Maxson praised Coppock for his dedication to every aspect of his job. "Micol has proven invaluable in the training and supervision of an effective event staff," he said. "He takes pride in his work which is shown by his dedication, enthusiasm and attention to detail."

Coppock says that being nominated employee of the month is an honor. "It's a great place to work and great people to work with," said Coppock, who attended Don Lugo High School in Chino before acquiring his bachelor's degree from UC Riverside and his master's in sports management from the Alabama-based United States Sports Academy in 1995.

Coppock thinks one reason he was selected as employee of the month might be the love he has for sports. "Every job I've had since graduation has been in college athletics," he said. "I really enjoy my work. I work pretty well with staff, college students and our alumni boosters. I like being around them. I like dealing with people as part of my job. If there's a problem, I'm on it."

As director of events management, his responsibilities include direction of all home events in athletics. He organizes games, makes sure teams and officials are where they ought to be and deals with whatever security issues may arise.

Coppock came to CSULB after six years working in a similar position at Oakland’s Holy Names College. "I was raised in Southern California and I wanted to return," he said. "Plus, it was a move up from a smaller campus to a larger one."

Some of the biggest challenges he has faced in his nearly four years at CSULB included hosting such national events as the December 2004 women's volleyball national championships in the Long Beach Arena and the men's volleyball national championships held the year before in CSULB's Walter Pyramid.

"We've hosted the baseball regionals twice, the super regionals once and the women's volleyball regionals," he said. "There are lots of NCAA outings to host."

Upcoming challenges include the women's volleyball season which begins in August and the arrival in the fall of soccer and men's water polo.

"There are days in the fall when there will be two, three and four events a day," he said. "Then as fall deepens into winter, there is basketball. Sports start to overlap when you've got basketball, volleyball and soccer all at the same time. That can make for some busy days."

Coppock received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, four admissions to Laguna Beach's Festival of the Arts, a $10 gift certificate for the Katella Deli, a $10 gift certificate for Dale's Diner, lunch for two at Quizno's Sub and two admissions to the Hop Special Event buffet.

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