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Get To Know Your CABMA Colleagues - Mark Wagner

Dec. 12, 2017

Mark Wagner - Louisiana Tech 

Favorite CABMA memory?
I have a couple, but one of my favorites was after our second CABMA Mentor Me training before the conference for all the Mentors in the program. We went through a 2-day training with the USCGA Leadership Institute, and I realized how far the program has come over 3 conferences, from an idea to actuality, but also how much it has evolved and will evolve for the better. What made it, even more, special was the excitement that was still in the faces of all those that were volunteering their time to grow CABMA and themselves with me.

Last book you read (title & author)?
I usually try to read or listen ;) to two books at a time, one for fun and one for growth. I just finished Michael Crichton's Dragon Teeth and am reading Bob Beaudine's 2 Chairs. Both are good ones worth a read...or listen.

Favorite Movie?
I enjoy most movies, but one that I can always go to this time of year, is a Christmas classic, Die Hard.

Instagram or Twitter?

Most memorable sporting event attended?
JV football season opener Evergreen High School versus Englewood High School in Colorado. It was my first win as a Head Coach and I can still feel the Gatorade bath to this day.

Favorite Quote?
Do or Do Not there is no try. - Yoda, Jedi Master I have a sign up in my office of this one, I am not sure the coaches enjoy it as much as I do.

What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
Graduation Day. To be able to share that day with the student-athletes is very energizing. They have finished one of the hardest jobs they will have, being an intercollegiate student-athlete. I love being able to share the culmination of all of our missions and see them reach that milestone.

Best piece of professional advice you've received?
My best advice was to get involved and say yes; be that person to raise your hand, to share an idea, to potentially fail or succeed, to volunteer for the things you believe in, and to be a confident you. It all starts with a yes.

About CABMA: CABMA is an organization devoted to the establishment, maintenance and implementation of the highest standards of integrity and efficiency in the scope, policies and procedures involved in the management and administration of business in the athletics departments and associations of colleges and universities. For more information about CABMA, please visit www.cabma.com. CABMA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com