Seconds after freshman Jack Wetzel scored his first goal of his college career during the Hawks’ game against Wheaton College, a tweet from the RWU Men’s Soccer account popped up with red alarm emojis followed by a score and time update.
The tweet came from a phone on the sidelines — the phone of Jordan Kogan, team manager.
“I have learned a lot. What it takes to be a coach, how stressful that could be, how stressful it could be on the players for time management and how stressful it can be for the training staff,” said Kogan, who is a sophomore finance major. “I get a different view of everything that goes on.”
Kogan began playing soccer when he was 5 years old, and started to watch professional soccer, specifically the New England Revolution, when he was seven. He played until his junior year of high school, until a medical issue he was born with prevented him from continuing. He tried to stay involved with his high school program, but the team already had managers, so while he was on campus for orientation the summer before his freshman year, he asked Head Coach James Greenslit if there was an opportunity to work with the team.
“He said there’s plenty of help needed, so I did that and I fit perfectly with the team,” Kogan said.
In addition to helping the RWU men’s soccer team, he landed a job with the New England Revolution this year. After attending a charity event and connecting with the president of the organization, he applied and was named the Soccer Operations Coordinator. He attends home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. and assists the athletes and training staff, and organizes the ball kids around the perimeter of the field.
He hopes this experience with the Revolution will help him in his future career working on the business side of sports.
At RWU, he has different responsibilities and plays a bigger role in the success of the team as manager. During practice, he helps the coaches warm up the two goalies, makes sure players are staying hydrated, stretches them out and gets ice for the training staff if needed. When it’s game time, he’s “more of a cheerleader” and updates the Twitter and Instagram pages when appropriate. Off the field, he helps with film by creating highlight reels and then has conversations with the players and coaches.
Since joining the team, he has been welcomed and appreciated by the players and coaching staff.
“He is super dope,” junior goalkeeper Edmund Geschickter said.
“[The team is] awesome, they really are. The opportunities the coaching staff give me and how the team makes me feel like one of them is truly amazing. I am really lucky I get to be a part of a team with this group of guys and this coaching staff. I love them,” Kogan said.
This is his second year with the team and he’s noticed that their success has stemmed mainly from heightened motivation and work ethic.
“They put so much work in every single day,” Kogan said. “It would be super cool to lift [the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship] trophy with all the boys. I may not be able to contribute directly on the field, but in any way I possibly can, I like to help the team succeed.”