NEW ULM — Final yr presently, Rachel Ludewig was internet hosting a New Ulm Metal hockey participant.
That later became her doing social media for the Metal web site initially of February.
One yr later, Ludewig is the primary full-time Enterprise Supervisor of the Tier III hockey staff. She was employed on July 1 by new proprietor Kelly Kasik.
“I by no means anticipated that once I was a billet household [host family] that I’d be doing this however I adore it. I like each minute of it,” she mentioned.
When she first obtained on board with the Metal, then Metal coach/common supervisor Zach Stepan helped her ease into her increasing duties.
“He took his time to point out me the operations and every little thing that I wanted to do to achieve success at this job,” she mentioned. “He trusted me to make use of my discretion on what I believed was finest for the method of getting issues going for this season.”
And it was a studying course of early as she went alongside in seeing the within workings of an NA3HL group.
“There was lots of studying on tips on how to take care of the billet households — the mother and father, the children, the gamers — and tips on how to make issues run clean. We needed to get the gamers began for the season. I’m additionally studying the monetary finish of issues — every little thing for the backend of the league — that the coach doesn’t need to handle.”
She mentioned that she additionally discovered in regards to the NA3HL as a complete.
“I didn’t know rather a lot in regards to the league earlier than beginning however I’m studying increasingly more daily,” she mentioned. “It’s all the time one thing new, it’s a problem however I’m up for it.
“l love being within the Civic Middle daily and being with all the gamers and the coaches. Kelly is absolutely nice.”
Ludewig mentioned that the Metal is stressing neighborhood involvement from its gamers.
“And we wish to have a set plan for each dwelling recreation daily. I actually wish to stress the group and neighborhood involvement. Neighborhood involvement is essential. We wish to maintain and develop our fan base that we’ve — we wish to get extra individuals excited to come back to our video games. We wish our gamers to know the neighborhood and our neighborhood to know our gamers.”
Ludewig mentioned that this season they wish to herald some meals vehicles earlier than some video games and get as many sponsor nights as we are able to.
“We may have new gentle exhibits and new music — new every little thing. We wish to not simply play hockey however placed on leisure for all the neighborhood.”