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MOAA Member Monday - Marcus Attles

Dec. 4, 2017

Marcus Attles - University of North Carolina Wilmington

Why did you join MOAA?
I joined MOAA for a number of reasons. However, two main reasons I wanted to be part of this organization were the networking opportunities with other minority administrators and the chance to continue learning and growing professionally. As a rising administrator myself, I am excited about the access MOAA provides when I’m looking to hire/add staff.

Name something about you most people don't know.
Most people do not know that one of the only things that rivals my passion for athletics (or my family) is my love for dogs! I'm a huge dog lover.

If you hadn’t chosen a profession in athletics, what would your profession be?
Honestly, I've given little thought to this. I set my mind to being an athletics administrator the first day I stepped onto campus at Hampton University. I majored in sport management, volunteered, interned, and did everything I could to make this dream a reality.

What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
Without question it is having a positive impact on the lives of young people - in particular, our student-athletes.

What is the theme song playing in your head when you have to get something tough done?
Rihanna - Work. In all seriousness, I'm in facilities and event management - we often work to music. So no theme song, just a few jams in the background to keep us going!

If you could spend one day with a sports figure, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
Hands down, Muhammad Ali. For one, he's the "Champ." More importantly I'd love to discuss all of the social issues, challenges, and the overall social climate he faced. We are currently at a point in our country where sports, politics, and social issues are at the forefront of media and our society as a whole.

What is your favorite movie? Why?
I don't really have one, I'm a movie junkie - I own over 500 DVDs, back when collecting DVDs was actually a "thing." If I'm not watching sports, I'm probably watching a movie.

What is the last thing someone has come back and thanked you for professionally?
I enjoy mentorship and speaking with younger or entry-level leaders in our industry. I was recently thanked for my time after a chat with one of our rising stars in athletics administration. However, a "thank you" certainly is not needed, as I mentioned, I enjoy that aspect of my job. I also believe it's something I'm supposed to do.

Best thing your mentor told you?
Mr. Gene Smith at The Ohio State University told me (and our audience during a panel discussion), "Marcus, people always say it's not what you know...it's who you know. That may be true, but I take it a step further. It's not just who you know, but who knows you. Who can vouch for you? Who knows your skill set? Your work ethic? Who knows your character and who you are as a person?"

Fill in the blank: I wished I would have_______.
joined MOAA earlier in my career!!

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.