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MOAA Member Monday - Will Hunter

April 30, 2018

Will Hunter - Pac-12 Conference 
Why did you join MOAA?
I joined MOAA to expand my professional network. I truly enjoy learning from others and being exposed to new opportunities. I consider myself a life-long learner.

Why did you join MOAA?
MOAA is a portal of knowledge. There are members from all experience levels that are eager to share ideas.

Name something about you most people don't know.
I'm a pretty open book, so there is not much that people don't know about me. Some people may not know that I once (and still am at times) a DJ.

If you hadn’t chosen a profession in athletics, what would your profession be?
It would have been a job in the music industry. After leaving my first job out of college, which was a production manager at a textile mill, I decided that I would pursue a job in the music industry or athletics. The opportunity in athletics came first.

What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
As an operations professional, my job is creating lifelong memories. I get excited thinking about the kid that is experiencing his/her first sporting event as a fan or the student-athlete that is playing in his/her last game. My job is creating the setting so those individuals only have to concentrate on enjoying themselves in that moment.

What is the theme song playing in your head when you have to get something tough done?
Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness. "You can win as long as you keep your head to the sky". I listen to this song at least 3 times a week.

If you could spend one day with a sports figure, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
This is a really tough question for me because there are so many sports figure that I would love to just sit and learn from. Alan Paige, Paul Robeson, Walter Payton, Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook. If I had to choose just one, I would choose Magic Johnson to learn more about career diversification. Magic has the rare ability to "see around the corner" on the court and in business.

What is your favorite movie? Why?
My favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption because it's a story about unrelenting hope. "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies"

What is the last thing someone has come back and thanked you for professionally?
For cancelling a 9am meeting this morning.

Best thing your mentor told you?
No one will be more honest with you than the person looking at you in the mirror. Make sure you take the time to listen.

Fill in the blank: I wished I would have_______.
I wish I would have learned earlier in life that fear is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, if fear is channeled correctly it can be a strong wind to push one forward.

About MOAA: MOAA promotes equitable employment opportunities for minorities in the athletics industry through the exchange of ideas, the creation of networking opportunities and the advocation of an increase in employment for minorities in athletics administration positions at all levels of the sports industry. The Association also promotes cultivating a sports environment that supports the values necessary to accept aspiring professionals from all walks of life. For more information on MOAA, please visit www.moaaweb.com. MOAA is partnered with 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.