The sports spotlight is targeted. All-stars bathe in it, while those just outside of it crave it. Typically reserved for athletes, coaches and boisterous owners, the limelight rarely highlights the multitude behind the game day curtain. The work is comprised of long days and even longer seasons for the team behind the scenes. But, for the tireless it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle.

Theresa Scordo
Senior Vice President of Business Operations
Jacksonville Armada FC

Theresa has been with the Armada since the beginning; she refers to the team as her baby. Gameday is a keen study in spotting the fires before they start. At any give moment, she’s escorting media, handling VIP guests and, as needed, jumping on the register to sell merchandise. Her day-to-day duties keep her hands on everything from accounts payable to player housing. Theresa keeps the team up and running.

The sharp and affable Scordo grew up playing basketball, volleyball and hockey. She served as team captain for several of her teams and earned the high school nickname “Little General.”

“I like being behind the scenes. I get to build great relationships with co-workers and players and help everyone be accountable for team success. If it looks like trouble is coming, I’m on it.”

Nancy Miller
Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance
University of North Florida

Nancy has all of UNF’s student athletes under her charge in one form or another. That’s over 300 individuals to support. She does the same for the large cadre of coaches and assistants. While her top priority, as she puts it, is to get student-athletes to graduation day, there is a ton of work between recruitment and the cap and gown. The typical day involves NCAA rules compliance, admissions and financial aid, each complex and bureaucratic, in their own right. Gameday is a long rigmarole of visiting teams, tickets and crowd control.

Miller was an inaugural member of UNF’s basketball team, recruited straight from Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, where she was an outside hitter on the volleyball squad and a small forward on the basketball team. She majored in political science while at UNF and earned an M.S. in Public Administration.

“Sports get into your blood and it becomes your calling. I’ve never been into the spotlight, but I know how important it is to support those who are. In my world, I do whatever it takes.”

Sarah Rowe
Director of Communications
Jacksonville Icemen

Gameday starts early for each and everyone one of the Icemen’s 72 home and away games. Stats change daily, and every game requires a 50-page game pack that must be accurate. Before the puck drops, Rowe has sent out press releases, updated social media accounts and run down the minute-by-minute script with her team. During the action, she’s ready for timeouts with in-game presentations aimed at enhancing the fan experience. If she’s doing her job, you won’t know she’s there.

The St. Augustine native knew early on that she wanted to be a sideline reporter. Her degree in broadcasting from the University of Florida provided her the springboard to work for the Kansas City Royals and other midwestern teams. Her path led back home and to the Icemen. The off-season is sacred golf time.

“Seasons can become a grind, but it’s my lifestyle and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m a bit clumsy so I knew which side of the field I’d be on and I’ve never looked back.”