“Ultimately what drives me is I just love sports,” said Nathan Hartman, the women’s competitive basketball coordinator and a senior studying business management. “I think one of the most miserable things in life would be to have a job that I hate. My number one goal is to provide for a family, but I think the second part is to have a job that I love.”
This semester, Hartman coordinates six competitive women’s basketball teams. Tryouts lasted three days and 75 girls attended. Hartman said that, each team has 10 active players on the roster.
Hartman said the coaches in his organization handle any conflicts that arise and make sure the league is run smoothly.
Hartman said he knows basketball and he also knows teamwork.
“It begins with some camaraderie and cohesion as a team,” Hartman said. “If people don’t know their roles, then you won’t have a good team in general.”
Hartman said BYU-Idaho’s Competitive Sports Department is pushing student involvement this semester.
Hartman nicknamed this the million-dollar question: how to get more students to attend games.
“Once we get them to come we have to provide them with a product on the floor so they want to come back,” Hartman said.
Hartman said he believes basketball is a wholesome activity in Rexburg and gives students a chance to be involved.
“Do what you love,” Hartman said. “Do your passion. Focus on that. You’ll find your career calling in life. You’ll find your place. Find out what you can do to better yourself.”
Hartman’s mentor, George Raveling, a former Division 1 coach and director of international basketball for Nike tweeted some of his thoughts on visualizing the future.
“Imagine what success looks and feels like on a regular basis, especially when it seems like it’s out of your reach #LifeLessons,” Raveling tweeted.
Having previously played basketball in both high school and college, Hartman got involved with the coaching and directing side of basketball in order to get experience in an athletic department.
“This was a chance to get involved with something I love,” Hartman said. “This is something I can take with me on my résumé.”
Hartman said he has big dreams, specific plans, and the drive to back them .
Hartman knows there is more to college than what goes on inside the classroom.
“I’ve had to do a lot of networking on my own,” Hartman said. “It’s really hard to break into the sports industry, and I’ve been told that over and over and over. I’ve had to reach out, to market myself. Ask a ton of questions.”
Hartman said he owes much of his success to being grateful and humble.
“One thing that has actually changed my life forever is being grateful,” Hartman said.
Hartman said that he has planned out the next five years of his life, but understands life might not happen exactly the way he expects.
“Heavenly Father has something else for you,” Hartman said. “If you don’t have a plan, you have zero direction, zero vision. Just make a plan. You’ll see Heavenly Father mold that plan — change that plan probably, but if you have a plan set and you’re showing that you’re invested, then I believe that He can show us the next steps.”
As with any major or any industry, Hartman said he has encountered negativity in his career.
“Your back’s against the wall,” Hartman said. “It just gives you some extra motivation to do it, work towards something bigger. Defy the odds a little bit.”
Hartman said his future is bright, he is working toward the next step in his life — interning at George Washington University, working directly with their Athletic Director.
Hartman said that it is important to enjoy what is happening while it is happening.
“A lot of times I’ve noticed I’ve been wishing away the moment,” Hartman said. “I think you need to enjoy the moment but have an eye set on the future.”