Michael Beale, Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing, University of North Carolina, like Michael Jordan, is simply a Carolina Legend. We're currently developing a Beale crying meme generator so in the meantime, this Jordan one will have to do. We assume these are tears of joy for the Tar Heels march to the Sweet 16.
Old Hat has been working with Beale (that's the creative name we call Michael around the office) for nearly 13 years. Which, if you're familiar with Old Hat history, means that he's been a client for pretty much the entire time we've been in business. A former college baseball player at Elon University, Michael claims to have carried the team on his back during his entire time there. Actually, that's not true at all. In Michael's words, "I think a more fair statement would be that I was on the baseball team at Elon. But I didn't do a lot of playing." Despite being the tenth man on the baseball team, he's first in our hearts. So without further ado, we give you everything you'd ever want to know about Mr. Michael Octavius Beale.
No. That's not really his middle name.
NAME: Michael Beale
OCCUPATION/TITLE: Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing, University of North Carolina
HOMETOWN: Richmond, VA
PREGAME RITUAL: Visit with fans and get their thoughts on the game.
FAVORITE THING TO SNACK: Almonds
FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: The people I get to work for/with on a daily basis
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: Emotional highs and lows of winning and losing
HIDDEN TALENTS/HOBBIES: Love to play golf (just wish I could learn to play good golf)
ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF: Stay true to your beliefs. Have a career plan you are comfortable with and stick to it.
YOUR GO-TO KARAOKE SONG: Bon Jovi - Living on a Prayer or Curtis Blow - Basketball
FAVORITE MOVIE: Escape from Alcatraz
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Deadliest Catch
IF YOU WERE IN A BOY BAND WHAT WOULD IT BE CALLED: Lefthand Slow
FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT: Alfredo's Pizza Villa
WHAT DO YOU ORDER THERE: Pepperoni pizza
FAVORITE DISNEY PRINCESS: Snow White
WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL: Great White Shark
WHAT’S THE STUPIDEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE: Got lost driving from Lexington, KY to a wedding in Northern Virgina and followed a local through the back woods/roads of West Virginia to get back to the highway. Thank goodness I had a couple of bottles of Maker's Mark bourbon to say "Thank You".
WHAT’S THE LAST SHOW THAT YOU BINGE-WATCHED: Fixer Upper (with my daughters)
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS JOB WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING: Working for the USGA or PGA
See that image up there? That's the header image for ZacLogsdon.com. What is ZacLogsdon.com all about? I'm glad you asked.
I'm Writing a Book
Not sure if you've heard, but I'm writing a book. And it's going to be amazing. See, what I've discovered in my nearly two decades of working in athletics is that sports is really, really important to people. And I believe that sports has a more positive impact on humanity than any other form of entertainment. The effects of what sports can do in the life of an athlete, a coach and even a fan are unbelievable and I thought it would be great to tell that story.
So, I set out to interview as many athletics directors and senior staff members from universities all over the country to get stories from them that back this theory. What I found was that I initally had no idea how important sports is. After interviewing more than 60 top athletics administrators, including the likes of Joe Castiglion, Barry Alvarez and Tom Osborne, I realized just how huge the impact of sports can be.
The book is in progress and I hope to have it released sometime in Summer, 2017. And I needed a place to promote that book. So I decided to do that on a website with the author's name as the URL. And that's me. Zac Logsdon.
Brad Sutton, Southern Methodist University Senior Associate A.D./External Affairs, is a man of big ideas and few words. He tells us what he needs, we execute the plan, and he says "looks good." It's a partnership that works well for an incredibly busy guy like Brad. He was one of our go-to guys with SMU's Sports 180 initiative nearly a year ago as well as the guy behind the massive Football Environmental Graphics undertaking. It was a beast of a project!
Do you know the #1 need on projects like that? Protein. We know that Brad has really gotten into working out and only eating protein. As in his pre-game meals will only consist of meat. He's a steak-loving guy after our own hearts...which are also chock-full of steak. Brad, we hope you get to load up often during the Mustangs march through the NCAA Tournament these next few weeks. It's time to Pony Up! It's 20 Questions with Brad Sutton.