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Today: a college sports coach who makes $62,000 a year
Occupation: college sports coach
Location: Dallas, TX
Salary: $62,000 (approx. $2,385 per pay period)
Every so often, I get to have a little extra fun with my job. Today is one of those days since I get to do some recruitment. Our athletic department helps prospects find the best college consultants and admissions experts to help them through the application process. After all, if we’re recruiting them for the team, they’ve automatically got better prospects than their average peer. Still, though, it helps to have the added peace of mind to know they’ll get a head start whether they join us or not! After that bit of traveling, I head to a nearby diner for a bite to eat before calling it a night.
This morning, I’m trying to find the best home warranty Texas has to offer. My ex and I used to share a home, and she thought warranties were a “waste of money,” to quote her directly. I know better, though. It’s far more of a struggle to deal with a busted HVAC system than it is to find the best home warranty company in the first place! I’ve found a few different coverage options from well-reviewed warranty companies and will make some phone calls in the coming days. Otherwise, I spend the day working on plays for the coming season and return to the diner for dinner.
I spend most of today with our athletic director, taking inventory of our equipment and making sure everything is in working order before we pack it up for the year. She treats us both to a late lunch, then I do a bit of paperwork—my least favorite part of the job—before heading home for the night.
I set up a meeting with my team of assistants today, taking time to review the highs and lows of the past season while contemplating our basic plan for the year to come. There are a lot of variables still up in the air so early on, but I learned long ago that the best way to succeed is to start thinking through these plans as early as possible! I go to the grocery store to stock my bare fridge and grab some fast food on the way back home.
It’s the off-season, but my boys are as close to pro as they can be without being drafted, so we make a point of having weekly practices all the same. Today is focused on conditioning, in particular, keeping them in shape until the first game of the next season approaches. Then, after practice, I meet a friend for dinner at a local family restaurant.
I woke up this morning to a leaking dishwasher and quickly called a repairman to fix it. This is a great reminder that I should choose a home warranty provider sooner rather than later, if only for that greater peace of mind!
This morning, I look at some bills over my morning cup of coffee, then settle in for a day of sports games and a book about trains. After the game, I order a small pie and wings, wait for the deliveryman, then eat before opening my book. I get a few chapters in to the section on European railroads before I decide it’s time for a good night’s sleep.
Total for the week: $325.50