Some college presidents are loosely concerned of their college’s main supply of athletic income.
Jap Washington interim president David Might placed on a helmet.
Might not too long ago buckled a chinstrap, ran a route and proceeded to haul in a cross from EWU All-American quarterback Eric Barriere, capping off the seize with a celebratory end-zone dance.
It was promotional – EWU’s Numerica Credit score Union end-zone dance contest – but additionally a chance for the 52-year-old to bond with just a few members of the postponed-until-the-spring Eagles, ranked No. 18 within the Soccer Championship Subdivision preseason ballot.
“One of many passes (Barriere) threw to me, I don’t know if he forgot he was throwing to an previous man or not, but it surely stung,” Might mentioned. “It was enjoyable to be on the market.”
Might, who faces the problem of main the Cheney college throughout a pandemic, changed Mary Cullinan, who resigned this previous summer time.
Navigating the college’s well-documented monetary woes that predated the coronavirus pandemic isn’t a joyride, both.
However Might, a professor of Political Science and Worldwide Affairs who has been employed at EWU for 22 years and in addition served as the college’s provost and vp for tutorial affairs, usually finds refuge from his myriad duties within the type of athletics, if solely momentarily.
Might performed a number of sports activities as an adolescent in Walla Walla, the place he graduated from DeSales Catholic College and close by Whitman Faculty.
He grew up in Athens, Georgia, attending College of Georgia soccer video games. He was additionally a sports activities dad whose daughter performed varsity volleyball.
Might was given the reins at EWU to assist the college transition in a tough time, however mentioned he additionally understands the worth of athletics within the college’s mission.
The Spokesman-Assessment interviewed Might this week to speak about his athletic background and his 2020-21 outlook for the Eagles.
The Spokesman-Assessment: What sports activities did you play as a child?
David Might: Early on in my life I used to be a swimmer, however wasn’t actually ok to proceed. I thought of persevering with at a small, personal faculty (Whitman) the place it was extra attainable. I performed slightly baseball. Performed basketball till my sophomore 12 months of highschool.
So are you the kind of sports activities fan who is consistently checking his cellphone for scores, has robust allegiances to sure groups? That type of fan?
I’m not good at enjoyable and watching sports activities. I don’t have the eye span. I’m extra of a drop in for 1 / 4, go residence, rake some leaves, come again within the fourth quarter. I can take heed to baseball. I choose good baseball sport on the radio.
What’s your favourite sport, then?
Hockey. I used to be an Edmonton Oilers fan rising up. I misplaced curiosity within the Oilers when Wayne Gretzky left for the Los Angeles Kings. I all the time query if skilled hockey must be performed the place ice doesn’t happen.
So did you play in any native males’s hockey leagues?
I don’t skate nicely sufficient to really play the sport.
What sort of athlete had been you in highschool?
Once I was at DeSales within the early Eighties, it was a fairly athletic college. Quite a lot of championship groups. It was disheartening for a 5-8 man with a 12-inch vertical making an attempt to play basketball.
So far as EWU goes, although, would you say you frequently attend athletic occasions?
I have a tendency to observe numerous EWU soccer, however when it’s chilly outdoors, I’m watching the video games in my front room. Basketball video games are slightly hotter.
How do you anticipate the Eagles to do in 2021?
I anticipate nice issues from soccer and basketball. I believe we’re poised to do what we did in 2010 (win the NCAA Soccer Championship Subdivision title). In basketball, we’re poised to do what another colleges and areas have finished and have a breakout 12 months.
I’m so dissatisfied that the silly, irritating pandemic bought in the way in which of (EWU’s Large Sky Convention champion males’s basketball group) going to the NCAA Event. What (head coach) Shantay Legans has put collectively right here is de facto a tremendous group. When you could have a real freshman (level guard Ellis Magnuson) who begins each sport, that’s a fairly wonderful factor.
With soccer, in my conversations with (head coach) Aaron Greatest, he’s fairly excessive on this group can do, and so am I.
You come into a troublesome spot the place you wish to assist each academia and the athletic division in troubling monetary instances for the college, each with their respective share of fiscal points. What are you able to say about making an attempt to please each side throughout a tough time?
It’s a troublesome resolution to be in. There’s not simply two sides to this query, there’s a dozen sides to this query. It’s not simply lecturers and athletics, and to me, these two issues aren’t in opposition that they’re too usually portrayed.
I don’t view Washington Road (the road between EWU’s tutorial buildings and athletic services) as huge as some folks do. We have now student-athletes, we’ve got our neighborhood, we’ve got companies in Cheney and on the West Plains.
They’re all impacted by the choices we’re going to make about athletics. It’s a tough resolution to be in and discover a stability, in a second like this when stability is an impossibility.
As you recognize, we engaged a marketing consultant group (The PICTOR Group) to assist us with some suggestions on how we’d transfer ahead. I do know two issues: Nevertheless we transfer ahead with EWU athletics, it needs to be sustainable, and what we do shifting ahead needs to be the proper reply for EWU.
It’s not going to be the proper reply for PICTOR, or any kind of constituency. It needs to be the proper reply that makes essentially the most sense for Jap; for me to make a advice to the board of trustees, to make that ultimate willpower.
You’ve been right here 22 years, so that you apparently consider in EWU and have a vested curiosity in lots of facets of the college and its college. Do you contemplate your self the kind of man who can stroll as much as a coach and chat the identical approach you’ll a professor?
I’d prefer to assume I’m that type of that man, somebody who enjoys speaking to everybody on campus. I’ve been dedicated to Jap since Day 1. I had a chance early on to go away for an additional place, however I turned it down as a result of I spotted that Jap had hooked me in its mission.
Be aware: EWU requested that particular monetary questions come after the discharge of PICTOR’s report in February.