What You’ll Do

Do you love the energy of sporting events and the camaraderie of teams, even if you’re not an athlete? Students on the Athletics Crew support our ten varsity teams in competition while focusing on what they love about sports.

Within the three Athletic sub-crews, you have the opportunity to:

  • Lifeguard
  • Assist the Athletic Trainer with treatments and diagnoses
  • Keep score and record statistics
  • Manage the Owls’ social media presence
  • Create and manage intramural leagues, tournaments, and pickup games
  • Maintain the upkeep of our Athletics and Aquatics facilities

I love being on my crew because teamwork and a sense of ownership coincide so well with the tasks we are expected to complete. I believe that being put into a unit where you have to form bonds with people that are not only your fellow employees, but classmates, really gives perspective into how relationships and professionalism are fundamental to your work environment being positive and productive. On my Crew I learned that my presence and efforts do matter and can significantly affect the team.

Bryan Thompson ’19, Psychology major, Athletics Crew

Supervisor Spotlight

Joshua Shemroske ’05

Athletic Crew Supervisor, Men’s Head Soccer Coach, Intramural Director and the Game Field Manager

Coach Josh has been passionate about sports and athletes since he was four years old, playing youth soccer. He graduated from Warren Wilson in 2005 where he played all four years on the men’s soccer team, two seasons on the men’s basketball team, and three seasons in the Asheville in-line hockey league. As a student, he started a lacrosse club on campus, rode with the mountain bike team, competed in climbing events, played intramural soccer, basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey, flag football, ultimate frisbee, participated in the 24 hour running challenge, and attended just about every athletic event on campus.

As a Crew Boss, he holds the Athletics Crew accountable for maintaining the athletic facilities. For those students who show an interest in intramurals, he supports them in planning, organizing, promoting, and running their intramural. They work hard to keep the gym a happy, healthy, and safe environment for everyone on campus.

Ellie Grier

Athletic Crew Supervisor, Supervisor for Aquatics Subcrew, and Head Swim Coach

Ellie graduated from Mars Hill University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. Her love of swimming began when she started swimming year-round at the age of 10. She became interested in coaching and Warren Wilson College from her Mars Hill – and former Warren Wilson – coach Teddy Guyer. It is an honor for Ellie to follow in his footsteps as Head Coach and now Aquatics Crew Supervisor.

Her priority as a Crew Supervisor is to provide an environment for her workers that promotes learning, perseverance, and time management, where they feel challenged yet supported. She provides her crew with thorough daily checklists to maintain the cleanliness and ideal chemical balance of the aquatic facility. She also conducts in-service trainings during crew meetings to ensure that the crew remains refreshed on proper lifeguard, CPR, and first-aid techniques.

Learning Outcomes

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers and mentored by supervisors. Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our work program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from federal work study or your average part-time job. Specifically, our Common Learning Outcomes are:

  • Dependability: reliability, accountability, and the ability to successfully manage your time
  • Integrity: trustworthiness and respect for transparent honesty
  • Initiative: self-control, the ability to evaluate situations, and motivation to carry out responsibilities
  • Analytical Thinking: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems
  • Communication: the ability to convey information effectively and build community with others
  • Collaboration: collaborate with peers to achieve common goals
  • Appreciation of the Value of All Work: an understanding of your place in the working world, and a respect for the dignity of all work

Learning and Performance Goals

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. The Learning and Performance Goals outline skills and abilities the supervisor will teach during the semester.