Jacob Anania, the Broncos' secret weapon

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - He has only been at Hastings College for a semester, but his impact has already been felt.

Jacob Anania takes notes during the team's basketball game against Briar Cliff.

"He means a ton to us and obviously he cares a lot," said Hastings College senior Zach Kitten. "We're super excited to have him around and he does a phenominal job."

Jacob Anania is in the middle of his first season as the men's basketball's student manager.

Managing isn't new to Anania though, before committing to Hastings College he was the boys basketball manager for four seasons at Burke High School.

He knew he wanted to continue to manage, and once he met Hastings College's men's basketball coach Bill Gavers, it all fell into place.

"I knew right then and there, this guy is going to really care about me and care about my passion for the game," said Anania. "We had a connection that I didn't have with other college coaches."

"Honestly within five minutes talking to him he really had his stuff together. Sounded very loyal, wanted to be very committed to a team," said Gavers. "I actually went to one of his games to see him in action, and he was great at the game. He interacted with the players well, and interacted with the coaches."

Anania does a little bit of everything for the Broncos. And he's Gavers right hand man.

"He's got his own notebook and he's got scouting reports in there. During film sessions he's great. He knows our scouting reports probably better than I do," said Gavers.

Anania is majoring in education. In his first semester he made the Dean's List. He wants to be a teacher when school comes to an end. And hopes to one day be a coach.

"I love the game so much, it just gives me I guess a passion that I really never had in anything else," said Anania. "And just being able to do this everyday it just gives me I guess a purpose for what I do in my life."

He is fully committed to the Broncos, and they're full committed to him.

"I just really love the team that I have, I just really love the game of basketball, and I just want to keep on being a Bronco," said Anania.

"He's huge. He's inspirational, he's inspiring to me. I've been doing this for a long long time, I'm an old guy, and our players love him," said Gavers. "He loves the game of basketball and he gives back to other people that's what makes him special."

While Anania will never score a point for the Broncos, he is every bit a part of the team.