Schobert admits to one misstep early on his new job at Intrust Bank Arena. He fell on the arena ice and ended up with five stitches in his chin.
"I think I've got my footing now," he said jokingly.
As operations manager, Schobert's main job is coordinating the set-ups and tear-downs of different events in the 15,000-seat downtown arena. He oversees a crew of five full-time and five part-time employees. The next 10 days are typical: a Thunder hockey game Saturday, a Carrie Underwood concert Tuesday, and another hockey game the next Saturday.
"There are some crazy hours in there," Schobert said. "Sometimes you're working overnight."
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Schobert, who started work at the arena last month, called his new job a good opportunity to expand on his background handling athletic events.
An Arizona native, Schobert played basketball in junior college in Nebraska, then attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, where he met his wife, Beth. They have a 5-year-old daughter, Emma.
After earning a master's degree in sports administration from Wichita State University, Schobert worked at the University of North Texas and the University of Mississippi before returning to WSU, where he served as director of facilities in the athletic department.
Schobert notes that his current job is the "first to do anything with ice. We had to paint the ice and make the ice, so that was a totally new experience."
Schobert appreciates the chance to work in a 10-month-old facility. "Newer facilities are definitely more user-friendly for us."
Much of his job, he says, is making sure that the performers and their support staff who use the arena have a good experience."
"We try to keep everybody happy so they'll want to come back," he said.