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If there’s one thing GCU’s head athletic trainer, Geordie Hackett, would want people to know about his staff, it’s that they are a team — just like any of the Antelope sports teams that they work with. “Just because I’m the head trainer doesn’t make me more important than any of the others on my team,” Hackett says. “This is my extended family.” The rest of the team is rounded out by people Hackett feels have great character and are trustworthy. With the 21 men’s and women’s sports teams at GCU, Hackett can’t handle it all on his own — nor would he want to.
The team of seven divides and conquers, with each person taking on sports based on familiarity or special training.
Can anything good come of chaos? Chuck Howard is certain that it can, and he offers Monday afternoon’s “Fitness Chaos” event as evidence. Dozens of students descended on the Student Recreation Center at the end of the first day of fall classes to take part in an introduction to the facility, staged by Howard and members of his training staff.
GCU was thrown into the NBA spotlight over the weekend as more than 150 dancers descended on the Student Recreation Center, each of them hoping to become a Phoenix Suns Dancer for the 2011-12 season. Because of its partnership with the Suns, GCU was approached about hosting the auditions in the new Arena, but the facility is more than a month from completion. The Rec Center was offered instead, and Kip Helt, the Suns’ vice president of game entertainment, couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
There’s no such thing as a sleepy summer for Chuck Howard, who is already planning for a banner second year for the Student Recreation Center. The 55,000-square-foot facility has gotten a workout since opening last October to GCU students, faculty and staff.
Chuck Howard has a reputation as a drill sergeant with the GCU athletes. He is also a tireless physical trainer giving his student-athletes the tools for physical and spiritual health.