This week I did a profile on Corey Anderson. For those of you who don’t know Corey, he is our Athletic Director here at NCU. I asked him a few questions about his job and what he likes best about it. I also asked about how he spontaneously bring students to Beacon sporting events that are away!
I love watching our student-athletes play! I got into this Athletic Director profession 20+ years ago because of my heart for sports, competition, coaching and I simply love watching people do anything with passion, drive and desire. Over the years…being an AD has become way too “administrative”….in other words, I’m in my office too much. So I try very hard to get out to the fields, courts and courses in order to enjoy the essence of why I got into this profession to begin with….Athletics!
Great question….there have been many! As a coach…when our MBB upset a top ranked OIT team in the MEC on our senior night on a last second charge call (Erik Quick-Warner) and then made shot at the buzzer (Ben Voogd). With that said….a last second baseline out of bounds play to win at Concordia (Greg Sheppard) was pretty awesome too! So many things click through my mind…WS beating NAIA #1 Concordia, WBB CCC play-off win at Corban, MBB highlight dunks and CCC championships, MG winning a CCC championship…but of course…so amazing to be with our WXC team over the years while finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the NAIA XC National Championships!!!!!
I love to create opportunities for great memories for all of our student’s through the lens of athletics. What better way to do that than to be at the game…home or away! Getting on the bus or van and hanging out with friends and fellow classmates is a great way to have fun and cheer on the Beacons together!
Not as much as I would like. Obviously going to Corban is the easy answer (because it’s only an hour away). I think that we need to do a better job of being “fans” at home games (going to the game….standing….getting a bit rowdy….really having a good time together)! With this home enthusiasm…I think it makes the “road trip” games even that much more fun and more practical to plan (knowing that people will want to go)!