Stroh stretching beyond sports PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 02 March 2013 09:02
Lindsay Laurent is the coordinator of sales and special events at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley Sentinel-Tribune)
The plan is for the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University to be more than a sports facility.
To that end, Lindsey Laurent has been hired as coordinator for sales and special events for the Stroh Center.
''I am basically responsible for promoting all of the external events that come into the building and generating new business,'' Laurent said. ''We are trying to get as many different demographics of people into the building as possible. We really want to see what we can do with the space in terms of use.
''It's fun and it keeps me on my toes,'' she added.
Ben Spence, the general manager of the Stroh Center, is pleased to have Laurent's help.
"Lindsay has been onboard for about three months now and has definitely hit the ground running,'' Spence said. ''She has got some fresh ideas, some ideas for different things that we haven't done here before.
''She definitely has the right personality,'' Spence added. ''She's the right fit for the job.''
Laurent, 31, took a long and winding path before landing in Bowling Green, gaining valuable experience along the way in a number of areas.
''Some of the dates mesh together and I get states confused sometimes. Hopefully I don't move again,'' she said.
She grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and went to Texas A&M. She worked her way into a student manager position with the women's volleyball team at A&M, before making the team as a walk-on.
''The coach had already hired a manager and I went and sat outside of her door every day before she hired a second one,'' Laurent said.
''A year later, we had a summer (volleyball) camp and I jumped into a staff match,'' she added.
After the staff match, Laurent was invited to join the team and she eventually earned a scholarship.
Laurent played two seasons with Texas A&M with the Aggies going to the NCAA tournament both years.
''It was surreal. It was not without its challenges,'' Laurent said of her rise to student manager to a scholarship player on an NCAA tournament team. ''When you go from a student manager to taking someone's position, the team doesn't really respond well. But everyone got over it.''
She graduated from Texas A&M in the fall semester of 2004 with a degree in psychology. She would later start graduate school at West Texas A&M, where she was a graduate assistant for the volleyball team.
It was at West Texas A&M she met her husband, Dr. Matt Laurent, who is currently an assistant professor in the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green.
Before coming to Bowling Green, she and her husband have been at the University of Alabama and St. Ambrose University in Iowa.
Laurent has always managed to find work when they move and she has been involved with coaching, media relations, working as a faculty member, and as the sports director for a YMCA.
The Laurents moved to Bowling Green in 2011 and Lindsey Laurent arrived without a job.
She volunteered in BGSU Student-Athlete Services Department until she was hired as the Coordinator of Volleyball Operations.
Laurent was then a part of the Falcons' run to the Mid-American Conference title and a berth in the NCAA tournament last fall.
In the midst of the volleyball season, the new position at the Stroh Center came open.
''I thought about it, and thought about it and I knew that coaching wasn't a career choice for me that I really wanted to make long term,'' Laurent said. ''When this job came open, I knew it was something I couldn't pass up, I had to at least go for it.''
Laurent was hired and is now working to fill the Stroh Center with as many events as possible.
''It's such a beautiful building. We want to make sure as many people as possible know that it's available,'' Laurent said. ''It's more of what I envisioned myself doing once I got into athletics.
''It gets me out of my comfort zone a little bit. I go into a world I don't know a whole lot about, the entertainment industry,'' she added.
The days of moving around may be over. Laurent said her husband is about a year away from earning tenure and that they have bought a house in Bowling Green.
''Hopefully this is our last stop; we love it here,'' she said.

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