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Speaking of Sports

I usually join during the summer months. Paul and I were paired on the same team, and walking back from Mud Hollow Field, our discussion turned to student work possibilities on campus. That conversation became Paul’s interview. Since that day, Paul has served as a co-tournament manager for the Indiana Little State Wrestling Tournament, official scorer for Wabash football and baseball games, and has worked nearly every home sports event on campus over the past three years. “I’m a sports fanatic, so it’s cool being behind the scenes and seeing all the stats that go on with the sports,” Paul says. “Not only can I talk about sports at Wabash with other students, but I’m also able to discuss statistics—who’s doing what and what records were set. “And the best bonus? I get to enjoy the game from the best seat in the house!”

Ian MacDougall ’13

JUNIOR IAN MACDOUGALL never imagined a role in athletics beyond playing goalkeeper for the Wabash soccer team. A starter his freshman season, MacDougall made two major changes in those plans: As a sophomore, he left the soccer team to become the Little Giants’ starting kicker, and he began working in the sports information office in the winter of 2010. “The first event I ever worked was the 2011 Midwest Regional Wrestling Tournament,” MacDougall remembers. “I thought that I would end up as a timekeeper or working the scoreboard. But the first words I heard from Brent when I walked into Chadwick Court were, ‘Hey Ian, we are going to use your golden pipes today as a public address announcer.’ “Brent introduced me to a job that I really want to continue even after Wabash. It was an awesome feeling to be able to pump up a crowd for a sport I knew very little about.” MacDougall also served as the PA announcer for the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Wabash this past March. He drew rave reviews from veteran coaches, several of whom asked how much the College had paid to bring a professional track announcer in to work the event.

Central’s coaching staff was swearing to high heaven. On my right, Wabash’s coaching staff was wondering how the heck Brady Young ’12 caught that two-point conversion. In the center, I’m jumping up and down and celebrating in complete silence so that my cheers aren’t heard over the call of Emmick and Hoffman.”

SOMETIMES OUR STUDENT WORKERS ARE REWARDED for their hard work by getting a glimpse of the sports world at a higher level. This year Andrew Gibson ’15 and Tyler Wade ’12 joined MacDougall, Miller, and Hudak when the Little Giants baseball team played the University of Chicago at the U.S. Steelyard in Gary, IN. The guys performed the same duties they handle at Wabash Ballpark—running the scoreboard, scoring the game, PA announcing, and radio broadcasting—but had the opportunity to do so in a large, minor league baseball stadium. It was Miller’s second stint in a professional setting. His first provided one of his two most memorable sports experiences while working and studying at Wabash. “In my sophomore year, I was fortunate enough to keep stats for Joe Emmick while he provided play-by-play for the statewide broadcast of the IHSAA Football State Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium,” Adam says. “But the most memorable moment for me came in my senior year, when I was in the television booth for the NCAA playoff game against North Central College this past fall. I was witnessing one of the most amazing comebacks in the best football game I’ve ever seen, but I couldn’t celebrate. On my left, North

MOST OF THE GUYS work in the sports information office for fun, but a few dream of opportunities after graduation in a sport field. “I never thought when I chose Wabash that I would find a job that I would love so much,” MacDougall says. “I love working as a PA announcer for Wabash, regardless of the sport. I cannot wait to continue being a voice for Little Giant Athletics. Hopefully, I will be able to continue this after Wabash.” If MacDougall does go on to bigger and better things behind the scenes in sports, he will join a growing list of Wabash alums. Most recently, Kyle Nagdeman ’11 worked for two years as a volunteer gathering and recording materials to develop a history of the Wabash golf program. That led him to a summer internship at the NCAA, where he helped create the women’s basketball record book. Recently completing his master’s degree at Ball State, Nagdeman now works with the Texas Golf Association with hopes to return to collegiate athletics in the future. Throughout the years, these hidden heroes of Wabash athletics have kept the information and events management machine churning, providing essential support for the success of the Little Giants’ programs.

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