1. Position at Centre?
Sports Information Intern.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Portsmouth, Ohio. It has its redeeming qualities but has fallen on hard times. I guess the best way to describe it is that we had an NFL team in the 1920s, and it’s mostly been downhill since then.
3. What are your hobbies?
Playing with my kids, grilling and smoking meats, running, traveling and reading.
4. What is your dream vacation?
A few years ago, I was working as a sportswriter and had the opportunity to cover a basketball tournament in Hawaii. It was an amazing place, and I’d love to go back on my own time with a chance to see a lot more of it.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
I have two children, Emmy (6) and Carter (3), and right now I’m somewhat partial to anything they produce.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
“Once a Runner” by John L. Parker.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I’ve played just about all of them at one level or another, but the only one I still compete in is running. I also enjoy watching almost any sport, but I have an almost unhealthy passion for college football, specifically Ohio State.
8. Favorite TV show?
9. Favorite album?
I know it sounds odd, but I don’t own a single album. My music collection consists almost entirely of individual songs I like saved on my computer and phone.
10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving, in a close call over July 4.
11. Favorite food?
A perfectly smoked brisket.
12. Most prized possession?
My RBI Baseball arcade game. It’s a video game from the ’80s that my friends and I really got into playing in college. This prompted us to buy the arcade machine on Ebay, make a road trip to New York City to pick it up, catch a Reds vs. Mets game and drive it back to Ohio. It still sits in my house and is a reminder of a fun time in my life.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Urban Meyer, William Tecumseh Sherman and my grandfather, Tom Newberry, who passed away a year ago.
14. Favorite aspect of your job?
When you work closely with a team, you can’t help but get attached to them and want them to do well. So I really enjoy when I can watch one of our teams develop through the course of a season, have success and meet all of their goals.
15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
When my grandparents retired, they were always taking my cousins and me on road trips. It might be a big trip like the Baseball Hall of Fame or it might just be a half-hour drive because we wanted to eat at Taco Bell or a restaurant we didn’t have in our town, but those were some of my favorite memories.
16. What would you be doing if you weren’t working at Centre?
I would likely be in sports information at another college or would return to writing at a newspaper.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
In college, I was part of a group that launched an Internet radio station to broadcast our athletic events. More than any specific thing we learned, it was valuable for the experience of starting something from scratch, adapting to the inevitable glitches along the way and seeing it through to the point where it was successful.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Quenton Cassidy, from the aforementioned “Once a Runner.”
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
I’d say it’s the fitness center. I enjoy the convenience of just being able to walk down a few stairs from my office to get in a workout.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Have fun, and try to participate in all the activities and new experiences you can. That time goes by quickly, and you don’t want to look back wishing you had done more.
20 Questions with Sports Information Intern Matt Montavon
1. Position at Centre?