To be a good team a team has to look good on the field and needs the tools of the trade to be able to accomplish that task . For NC State baseball that task falls on the shoulders of Equipment Manager Jodie Cahoon. A veteran for many years Jodie has been working in that role since being the Equipment manager for the Triple A Richmond Braves.He has spent nearly the last dozen years serving in that capacity for the NC State Wolfpack baseball and as well to the State tennis team which has its facilities across from the baseball stadium.
Driving the baseball team for the last 8 years has afforded me the opportunity to work close with Jodie and see what it takes to get a baseball team ready to play on a daily basis at home and on the road . Some of the many tasks Jodie has to handle is the washing and drying of the players and coaches uniforms . At home at Doak Stadium Jodie has a set of industrial size washers and dryers to help speed up the process. He handles repairs to uniforms and equipment like gloves , catchers equipment, handing out essentials like batting gloves, cold weather items such as hats and gloves. During home games he has the responsibility of providing a locker room for the umpires with items like food and drink. Whatever needs they may have falls onto Jodie's shoulders as well as taking care of the needs of his team. For road trips he has to pack several bags for the equipment to travel in ,be sure there is enough things loaded like Gatorade , snacks, sunflower seeds for the weekend trip. Many times when I arrive at the stadium for an away game there is a flurry of activity in Jodie's room as he is usually multi tasking getting the team ready to leave. We usually travel with about 10 cases of Gatorades many boxes of various snacks , batting practice baseballs, bat bags , helmet bags and his own travel bag with various tools, tapes ect that may be used to repair equipment . The players are responsible for packing and loading on the bus their own personal travel bags. On the road Jodie works with the home team equipment manager to have the team's uniforms washed and readied for the next game as well as their loops . Most of the time a different uniform is worn for every game and Jodie sees that a memo goes out notifying as to the day to day uniforms to be worn on what day.
If you have ever been to game you know teams can go through a lot of baseballs due to wet grounds, foul balls and balls out of play. So during the off season Jodie sees to it that his supply of baseballs are ordered for the upcoming season . During a normal game teams can go through about 4 dozens of balls and during the off season Jodie says he ll order around 400 dozen baseballs. It's the home team's responsibility to provide proper approved baseballs for the game. The University puts in the bids and signs the contracts for equipment from various brands and then the task falls upon Jodie a NC State graduate as well to see the ordering and sizing and lettering is done as required. Players usually go thru two sets of bats during a season and during the off season months the big part of getting the team ready for the spring is done.
So as the ole saying goes "to play well you gotta look well" and that's a job that Director of Equipment for NC State baseball takes very seriously and the players rely very much on his ability to keep them that way.
My name is Steve Sulligan, I started my law enforcement career in 1979 retiring in