Warrior Wednesday: Ernie Anderson

Aztecs for life

ROLE REVERSAL – San Diego State photographer Ernie Anderson has a picture of him taken for a change

In a life where everything seems to be moving too fast at times, photographs have become a way to capture memorable moments and relive them forever.

Action photos from sporting events are some of the most popular, and these types of pictures are frequently seen on the official website of San Diego State athletics. While everyone enjoys seeing these photos, one thing people rarely see is the man behind the camera.

For San Diego State football, that’s Ernie Anderson.

A graduate of SDSU, Anderson was a member of the track team in the late 1960s. After feeling that his team deserved more coverage in the school newspaper, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

“I started taking photos at the track meets and taking them in to the Daily Aztec,” Anderson said. “They started using them and asked me if I had ever taken photos of football. I hadn’t, but I started with taking photos of Spring practice in 1968 and everything expanded from there.”

Soon after, Anderson became the photo editor for the Daily Aztec. Although he enjoyed his time as a photographer in college, he knew it wasn’t something he wanted to make a career out of.

“I’ve always had a creative side and photography satisfied that need,” Anderson said. “I decided I didn’t want to do it for a living because I wanted to take photos of what was exciting for me and not go on assignments that someone else dictated.”

After graduating from SDSU in 1970, Anderson earned a degree in public administration, and went on to receive his masters in the same field. Following his educational days, Anderson became the City of San Diego General Services Department Director. During this time, he continued to take photos at Aztec sporting events, but it wasn’t until he retired eight years ago that he began devoting more time to his photography.

Today, Anderson works as a volunteer and takes photos of SDSU sports, primarily football and basketball. Over the years, he has taken photos of Aztec legends such as Don Coryell, Brian Sipe, Tony Gwynn, Stephen Strasburg and others. His work has been published in national publications, including Sports Illustrated, but the relationships and memories mean much more to him.

“Aside from the challenge of getting the best photographs I can to preserve these moments in time, the relationships I’ve developed over the years with coaches, athletes and fans have been very satisfying,” Anderson said. “I volunteer my time as a way to give back to the school that has been a very important part of my life. I’m an Aztec for life.”

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Ernie Anderson during his college years in 1968 at San Diego State

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Warrior Wednesday: Dr. Allison Miner

Athletic trainer and physical therapist Allison Miner tapes the ankle of an SDSU football player before a game (Ernie Anderson/SDSU Media Relations)

In the physical sport of football, injuries are inevitable. With each injury comes a long, strenuous, and mentally challenging rehabilitation process, one that needs the supervision of a knowledgeable physical therapist.

With the help of Dr. Allison Miner, San Diego State football players have been able to bounce back from injuries and recover the correct way for years.

Now in her eighth season as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist for SDSU athletics, Miner has helped countless athletes make their way back onto the playing field. From ligament damage in the knees to various shoulder surgeries, she has been instrumental in the recovery of many SDSU football players over the years.

An Aztec herself, Miner attended San Diego State and graduated in 2001 with a degree in kinesiology. She then went on to earn her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. in 2004. Following her time in Washington, she returned to San Diego and has been working for her former school ever since.

Although she works primarily with football, Miner assists with other sports as well. She is also a physical therapist for the Student Health Services department at SDSU.

For her hard work and dedication to keeping the Aztecs as healthy as possible, Allison Miner is this week’s Wednesday Warrior.


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Warrior Wednesday: Equipment Staff

Some of the SDSU equipment staff following the big win over Boise State. From left to right: Sonny Sanfilippo, Mark Kellogg (student manager), Angie Garza, Rich Hodgkinson, and Lindsay Degnan (student manager)

Helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys, cleats, gloves – all of these, amongst others, are necessary equipment for a college football team.

With a team of over 100 players, purchasing, fitting, distributing and laundering all of this equipment is no easy task. Add that to overseeing over a dozen other sports, and you’ve got yourself a thoroughly demanding job, one that can not be done by just one person.

Luckily for Angie Garza, director of athletic equipment services at San Diego State, she has help, and lots of it.

Garza, who worked as a student equipment manager when she attended SDSU from 2001-2004, was the assistant director of equipment services at SDSU from 2004-2009. She then accepted a job to become the head equipment manager at the University of San Diego, but was hired again by SDSU in 2012 when the head position opened up.

Garza’s staff includes Ben Harman (assistant director), Dennis Brown and Sonny Sanfilippo (equipment attendants), and nine student managers. Rich Hodgkinson, a current student at SDSU, is the head student manager.

Sanfilippo, also a graduate of SDSU and former student manager, is pleased to see former Aztecs on the equipment staff. With the everyday stresses an equipment staff member faces, it would be difficult to stay motivated if they worked for a school that they did not attend.

“We take a lot of pride in working for our former school,” Sanfilippo said. “It would have been tough to leave here after being a student manager knowing that someone is running the show who didn’t go here. I feel that the program is in good hands now.”

For their commitment to assisting all of the athletic teams and providing them with everything needed to compete at the highest level possible, the SDSU equipment staff members are this week’s Wednesday Warriors.

 

Be sure to check out the official Facebook page of the SDSU football locker room for exclusive photos and information directly from the equipment staff!


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