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The University of Louisiana Monroe is seeking applicants for a Water Ski Graduate Assistant position. The appointment will be for one academic year, with annual review and reappointment for the following academic year.

Our Graduate Assistant positions on the team are filled by students with leadership qualities that provide a fundamental part of the relationship between the team, the captains, the coach and the school.

We aim to employ 2 GA’s at one time, whose roles are to assist the coach in the running of the team. Usually we would employ 1 GA whose primary job is to be in the boat, coaching, driving and looking after the regular maintenance of our facility and 1 GA to assist with paperwork, arrangement of team activities and travel.

Graduate Assistant appointments include 20 hours of work per week under the direction of the student’s supervisor. University graduate assistantships feature a base compensation package that includes a full tuition waiver and out-of-state fee waiver. Students are also awarded a base stipend of at least $3,000 per regular term, $1000 per summer term and a minimum of $800 for intersessions.

The ULM Water Ski team also additionally compensates their Graduate Assistants with Water Ski Scholarship, at whichever level one qualifies for.

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, applicants must be regularly admitted to a degree program. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Applicants with previous graduate coursework must have a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Our Graduate Assistant positions are critical to the success of our program. Previous GA’s have included team members and transfer students who have won National Championships with us and a number of skiers who have won professional and world title events, achieving the highest success in water skiing.

All interested students who are completing their undergraduate degree in Fall 2020, or Spring 2021, or prospective graduate transfers should submit applications and three letters of recommendation to Michael Woodgate at Woodgate@ulm.edu.

The ULM Water Ski Team presented a Ski Show on Monday afternoon, on the Bayou DeSiard at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Fellow students and colleagues from ULM and VCOM Louisiana were in attendance, as well as a number of families and members of the Monroe community.


The team at ULM are well known for their success in tournament water skiing, however this week the water ski team showed people some skills that were pretty new to them! Alongside an exhibition of Slalom, Trick and Jump tournament water skiing, the team performed show ski stunts like the pyramid, human handle, around the world (boat) and even went over the ramp together!


"After everything with COVID it was great to get out amongst the community and entertain people." Alex King- Graduate Assistant.

Photo Credit @vcom_louisiana


Coach Woodgate asked senior team member, Emma Brunel what she enjoyed the most about doing the ski show.

“It was a good way to reunite the team during this abnormal semester and show other students and faculty some of what we are fortunate enough to do every day.”

The Ski Show lasted a little over an hour, water and popsicles were given out by the Campus Activities Board and the Water Ski team handed out free ULM Water Ski coozies and sold tee shirts.

"It was a pleasure to be able to put on this small event on campus for our friends and supporters. We were all overwhelmed by the support that we received and the number of people that turned out to come watch us. It is unfortunate that we do not have a tournament to host on the Bayou this year, however I am very excited for what the future holds for us with hosting events on campus with the turn-out and support from everyone in our community." Michael Woodgate


Thank you everyone who turned up on the bayou to watch us and tuned into our social media pages @ulmwaterski to stream the ski show. We had a lot of fun putting the event on and look forward to what we have coming up in the future!