In previous Lo-Downs we have brought up key people who contribute in one way or another to the Nebraska volleyball program. We usually don’t see their face in interviews or out on the court, but they keep the wheels turning and the success flowing. Erin Sorensen wrote earlier this year about how Lauren Stivrins and the rest of the Huskers are a group of Wonder Women, which I couldn’t agree with more.
However, there is another Wonder Woman for the Huskers. She has been a part of the program for the past 14 years. She has won national championships and Big Ten championships. She was an accomplished student-athlete herself from 1999 to 2002. Her name is Lindsay (Wischmeier) Peterson, the Director of Operations for Nebraska Volleyball and another Wonder Woman we can add to the list.
Let’s start with this: Lindsay is a mom to three boys––ages 6, 4 and 2––which is a full-time job right there. (Trust me, even though I don’t have kids of my own, I have watched her boys before and they always behave, but they are still a handful.) To add to that, she has another on the way, arriving any day now. She has three horses, some cats, a lot of land to take care of and a few nieces and nephews. She also competes in barrel racing tournaments and will occasionally instruct a workout class. On top of all of that, she stays organized, energized and handles everything from A-to-Z for the Nebraska volleyball program. For someone to handle all of that and never miss a beat is beyond amazing. To say she is Wonder Woman is probably an understatement.
Lindsay is the type of person who will always worker harder than the person next to her, she will always do extra work to make up for someone else slacking and she remains one of the most humble people I have ever met. (She will probably scold me for writing this article because she doesn’t want the attention.) As you can probably tell, I admire her for so many reasons.
I could go on and on about Lindsay, but I do want to highlight her role for Nebraska volleyball because she is literally the glue that keeps the program together. Her title is Director of Volleyball Operations. If you look up the definition for a Director of Ops, it states: “a Director of Operations is responsible for the direction and coordination of an organization. Generally, a Director of Operations is responsible for the growth and profitability of a company or an organization. The role may include expense control, staff management, goods production and department supervision.” Well, Lindsay goes above and beyond that definition.
I would probably need to write a book to go over all of her duties and responsibilities, but I will talk about a recent instance just to give you a feel for how demanding her job really is.
Lindsay plans every road trip during season months in advance. She has everything coordinated from charter flights to bus rides to the hotels we are staying at to meals we are eating. However, there is always a chance that things can change once we get there. During the Illinois-Northwestern road trip weekend, we got to the hotel in Champaign on Thursday night and Coach John Cook decided he wanted to move back the time of breakfast Friday morning since the game was scheduled for later than normal (7:30 p.m. instead of 7:00 p.m.). Lindsay had to coordinate with the hotel staff to make sure the catered breakfast could be pushed back, and the room would be still be available during that time. After we all got checked in, Coach Cook decided he didn’t love the room he was in because it was close to a highway, therefore, being too noisy for him to sleep. (He is very particular about his sleep.) The following day, game day, if Nebraska is playing back-to-back nights we will fly out right after the match to our next location. Due to severe storms in the Chicago area, Lindsay was told our flight couldn’t get out that night and wouldn’t be able to leave until the following morning. You may not think that is a big deal, but when you have everything planned out––charter flights, take off and landing times, hotel check in and check out times, meal catering and delivery times––you have a lot of work to do to move everything around. She spent over eight hours total (some of this taking place during the Illinois match) trying to sort everything out. Long story short, she got the job done like always and the entire travel party was taken care of without missing a beat due to a cancelled flight.
That is just one of the many ways Lindsay helps this program day in and day out. I honestly think that a lot of what Husker volleyball has achieved over the past 10-plus years can be attributed to all that she does to make the coaches’ and players’ lives easier. I will often hear from fans about how they never want Coach Cook to retire, but I think someone else that we should never want to leave this program is Lindsay Peterson. She truly is a real-life superhero.