Skip to main content

Athletics News

Meet USD's Newest Employees, Kristen Carver and Elena DelPiccolo
USD's newest staff members Kristen Carver (right) and Elena DelPiccolo (left).

Oct. 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Every visitor to a Toreros event has seen the work of the Torero Operations Managers, whether or not they've actually seen the dynamic duo of Kristen Carver and Elena DelPiccolo in person. In fact, most of what they do is behind the scenes. From game and event management to the coordination of officials and visiting teams, they do it all. The measure of their success is seeing that an event goes off without a hitch as a result of all of their preparation. This month we'd like to highlight Kristen and Elena, the newest members of the Torero Athletics family.

Kristen and Elena work so closely together that some people might think they're twins. They consider themselves "work twins" because they started working at the same time back in the fall of 2008, they share common backgrounds in facilities and operations, and their birthdays are a week apart. Elena, a native of Denver, Colorado, will smile at this observation, as she really does have a twin sister who is also a USD alum. Kristen, who hails from Henderson, Nevada, lived in Southern California before she started school at USD, so working here is like a home away from home. People might be surprised to learn that these dedicated JCP staffers and May 2012 USD graduates even helped with the set-up of their own graduation ceremonies.

Since they share duties as Operations Managers, the key to success with this team is that they divide and conquer the day-to-day activities. Elena manages the JCP coaching suite and works men's and women's soccer matches, while Kristen oversees the fitness center and manages football and volleyball games. They will split men's and women's basketball games. One thing that makes their jobs easier is their extensive knowledge of the JCP. Both have worked as student supervisors in the past, and once Fowler Park is completed next year, they will be able to leave their mark on Torero Athletics by training the first wave of student workers who are assigned to the ballpark.

When asked about a favorite experience working in Torero Athletics, they both had the same response--the time the Phoenix Suns worked out at the JCP. Kristen recalled driving players around campus in golf carts and listening to the guys joking around with her. Elena even got a high-five from Steve Nash. They're both looking forward to the College Cup this fall. Now that they are full time members of the operations staff, they get to see more of the work that goes on behind the scenes. Kristen noted that she never realized how much interaction goes on with other campus constituencies, and now that they're a part of the College Cup team they find themselves in meetings with Parking Services, the NCAA and Public Safety, among other areas.

So why did these two recent USD alums decide to remain at their alma mater as members of the staff? It's all about the people, they agreed. Elena recalled a time when Athletic Director Ky Snyder compared athletics to a big family. They couldn't agree more. Elena and Kristen are thrilled to be working with the Facilities and Operations staff, all of whom make coming to work fun.

Working in Facilities and Operations requires long days and lots of hours, but Kristen and Elena know that the reward comes with being around good people who share a passion for making every Torero event an enjoyable experience for the fans.

Video Thumbnail USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Video Thumbnail Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Video Thumbnail Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
Video Thumbnail Torero Tuesday
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
Video Thumbnail On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Video Thumbnail Halloween Hoopla
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Video Thumbnail Seamus Night
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Video Thumbnail Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Video Thumbnail Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Video Thumbnail Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Video Thumbnail Homecoming
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Video Thumbnail Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
Video Thumbnail USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Video Thumbnail Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Video Thumbnail Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Video Thumbnail Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
Video Thumbnail USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Video Thumbnail Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Video Thumbnail Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Video Thumbnail Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
Video Thumbnail 2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
Video Thumbnail USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics

Download Schedules: Add to calendar

  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago


West Coast Conference USD
Top ^
» «