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20 Questions Member Spotlight with Quin Monahan

Nov. 27, 2017

Name: Quin T. Monahan
Position/Institution: AD, USCB
Number of years in your position: 9 years AD, 5 years Asst/Assoc. AD
Alma Mater(s): Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Hometown: Lawton, OK
Institution Athletics Twitter Handle: @USCBathletics

1) Why did you become involved in the NAIA-ADA?
Having been part of the NAIA as both student-athlete and athletic administrator my love and appreciation for the association has always been strong. The opportunity to serve and help, in any way I can, to make our organization stronger is something I’m thankful to be able to do.

2) What is your favorite part about being a member of the NAIA-ADA?
Certainly, the ability to lead and help make positive change is a terrific opportunity. Even greater still is the ability to rub shoulders with some of the most dedicated and talented group of athletic administrators in the country.

3) What is the biggest challenge to working in a university environment?
I’m fortunate at USCB to have strong and committed leadership, from the top down. But a continual challenge, working in the academic environment, is creating an environment for the student-athlete that successfully navigates the academic and athletic rigors on a day-to-day basis.

4) What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Having a career that I love.

5) What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?
Negotiation skills.

6) Who has been the most influential person in your career?
Jud Damon, former NAIA AD, current D2 AD at Flagler College. Jud saw potential in me and encouraged me. He gave me my first real opportunity to lead. And, my former soccer coach and AD at Oklahoma Wesleyan, Dan Wood. Dan was the first coach that made a truly positive impression on me on what a coach/leader (on the field, on campus, with family) can be.

7) What is one item you cannot live without?
My cell phone (email, text, calendar, phone, social media – it does it all)

8) Who would you chose to switch places with for a day?
Just one day? My friend Max – well, actually I’d switch places with one of his employees. Max owns a very successful Pressure Washing business. I’ve often said that if I find myself looking for work, I’ll go into pressure washing. With pressure washing, you see the job in front of you, make a plan of action and attack it. You have the ability to look back at your work throughout the job and see a concrete, visible difference and can measure the immediate impact of your labor. You feel the exhaustion of a hard day’s work and can experience the immediate satisfaction of a job well done.

9) If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Having just had the vacation of a lifetime to England and Scotland this summer, I’ll opt now for a nice relaxing extended stay on a chartered yacht with my family in the middle of the Caribbean.

10) What is your favorite sporting that event you have ever attended?
1994 World Cup, Germany vs. Belgium @ Soldier Field in Chicago

11) Why/when did you decide to pursue a career in collegiate athletics?
Having had such a terrific experience as a young collegiate player, it was important to me to give back and provide other young student-athletes similar experiences and opportunities. Pursuing my graduate degree, I knew I wanted to work, in some capacity, on the college campus, hopefully impacting young students.

12) In your mind, who in this industry can serve as a good role model?
Commissioner Rob Miller and AD Chad Briscoe. Both of these men are strong in their faith, principled leaders, men of integrity and highly respected for their work and commitment. The NAIA is blessed to have men like these in our association.

13) How has your involvement with the NAIA-ADA influenced your career?
The ability to lead the NAIA-ADA (as current president) has been a terrific opportunity to work with some of the finest administrators in the NAIA. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some of the greatest time of professional growth the ADA has ever experienced. The opportunity to lead and be a part of the development and growth within the ADA, as well as the NAIA, has been extremely valuable.

14) What educational or business experiences best prepared you for a career as an Athletics Director?
On the job training. Actually, having a degree in Counseling comes in handy, probably daily.

15) What challenges do you face when working with student-athletes?
Continually providing that positive collegiate athletic experience. Many times the decisions I make, while intended for growth or for long term success, is not the answer a student-athlete (or coach!) wants to receive. Having to look long term, having to keep an entire athletics department in mind when making daily decisions does not always mean saying ‘yes’ or providing what an individual wants at that moment in time. The challenge is to meet the needs of such a diverse population of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, donors, community members, etc.

16) Would you please explain a professional success and how you implemented it?
Of course, nothing I’ve ever accomplished was done alone. I’ve surrounded myself with great people that deserve any credit for a job well done. I try to live up to the idea that a good leader shares the credit and accepts the blame. That’s easy to do at USCB since I’m blessed to have an incredible group of coaches and staff that focus every day on creating the best possible intercollegiate athletic experience possible for our student-athletes.

17) What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to someone looking to become an NAIA Athletics Director?
Hire well. Take time hiring and retaining great coaches. Don’t be afraid to pursue and hire the very best. ‘Experience’ does not always equal ‘best’. Be willing to look beyond experience and traditional norms when making a hire, but hire the best fit for your institution and where you want your program to be.

18) What was your biggest professional blunder and how did you learned from it?
Poor hiring. See previous answer and keep getting better from each hire – the good and the not-so-good.

19) What percentage of your work-week is spent in your office?
Way too much. I try to get out of the office more and more. Networking, fundraising, friend building. I would love to hold and attend less meetings, but can’t seem to get away from them!

20) What are you most looking forward to at the next NAIA or NACDA Convention?
Professional growth opportunities. Spending time with GREAT athletic directors from across the country. Attending and leading NAIA-ADA and NACDA meetings where real work gets done that positively affects our organization. Rumor has it there may be an opportunity to play a bit of competitive Pickleball – I’m preparing now, just in case!!


 

 


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