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Dan Drelich

"Working hard for the Kansas City Wizards"

Major: Sport and Recreation Management

Class: 2008

Dan Drelich’s work days routinely last from sunrise to sunset, and often beyond that. He frequently works  weekends and has to do some serious multi-tasking as he completes numerous projects under tight deadline pressure. In short, Dan has a lot of responsibility to make sure his job gets done well and on time. And he loves every minute of it. Dan, a 2008 Keystone graduate, works in the operations department of Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards.

As his title – known simply as “Operations” – suggests, Dan’s job is to ensure that everything is ready, make that perfect, when the Wizards take the field. Dan is part of a three-person department that helps prepare the field and stadium for every Wizards game. Given the fact that the team currently plays in a minor league baseball stadium used by the Kansas City T-Bones, that job is a major chore in itself. 

“The Wizards are building a new stadium, which should be ready next year,” Dan says. “Until then, we have to work very hard to convert a baseball field into a soccer field before each game. Basically, we have to prepare all the logistics for game day, making sure everything goes off as planned.” In addition to his on-field responsibilities, Dan is involved with planning and implementing the team’s television coverage and has begun to travel with the Wizards on road trips.

He was also involved in running an outdoor soccer celebration and television broadcast in downtown Kansas City during the recent World Cup soccer championships in South Africa. All those tasks are a great fit for Dan, a former Keystone soccer player who earned his degree in sport and recreation management. “It’s something different every day, but I really love what I’m doing. I’m right where I want to be right now,” he says. Dan began his career with the Wizards as an intern before his senior year at Keystone. Then, the team offered him a full-time position upon graduation. “I was hoping to get a good job when I graduated, but to get a position with a major league sports team this soon is something I never really expected.” 

Dan credits his Keystone education with preparing him for a position in sports management. He still keeps in touch with his Keystone professor and mentor Terry Wise, who has visited him in Kansas City. He plans to continue to stay connected with Keystone College as the years go by, particularly with his former soccer teammates. There’s only one thing that seems to be missing in Dan’s career. “I’m so busy I don’t get a chance to play that much soccer anymore, which is really ironic since I’m on a soccer field every day.” Other than that, you won’t hear Dan complaining about anything. He simply doesn’t have the time.

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