Tradition • Character • Service

Tradition • Character • Service

Friday, September 17, 2010

Collegian: Football film girl works and travels with team.

By Mary Petrides

Hillsdale Collegian, September 16, 2010

Don’t insult the football players – a 5-foot-6-inch senior woman has their back.

Anna (Stinhogel) Goss has been filming practices and games since the summer before her freshman year. She’s been to football camp; she’s traveled to away games; she’s been with the team through their wins and losses.

“[They’re] people that I love seeing, love being around and would defend to the teeth anytime anyone would make a crack about the football players,” she said.

Film is an important part of football practice, said Pat Hornak, director of football operations and coach for halfbacks and tight ends. Players and coaches can see mistakes better on film than they can from the field or sidelines.

GLIAC schools are required to share films of every game, Hornak said, and watching other teams’ films can help players prepare for games.

“Film study is that mental preparation you don’t get on a field,” he said. “If [filmers are] not focused on it, we can’t be good at our job as coaches or players.”

Goss grew up in Lincoln, Neb., where, she said, “football was unavoidable in the fall – not to mention that I had three brothers.”

In the spring before her freshman year, she contacted the admissions office looking for work. She thought she would end up working for Saga, Inc., or in the mail room, but she found out that the football team needed a filmer.

She was hired in May and began work that summer.

“I remember for the first couple days of camp her first year, she would kind of sit by herself,” said Marcellus Wade ’09, a linebacker. “It would be about 100 guys and her.”

“I give her a lot of credit for stepping out of her comfort zone,” he said.

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