By Maia McArthur
Southern Virginia University graduate Jared King returned to Buena Vista last May as the Director of Athletic Facilities. After graduation, the business major pursued his passion of working in sports facilities management, emphasizing in sports turf maintenance. He worked at various golf courses in Richmond, Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, and Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
King began his undergrad at Hudson Valley Community College. After serving an LDS mission in Manila, Philippines, he transferred to Southern Virginia to finish his last two years of school, and competed in the third and fourth seasons of the football program.
Where are you from originally?
Tivoli, New York.
Tell us about your family—
I Met my wife Etta in 2003 at a young single adult dance in Palmyra, New York. We now have three kids; Olive (10), Curtiss (8), and Blythe (4).
Why did you decide to come Southern Virginia University?
It was the right job at the right time and the situation presented itself. Southern Virginia is a school I have an investment in; I knew that the fields and facilities could improve and I knew I could do that and make an impact. I still knew a lot of people here and it was nice to come back.
What is your job here?
I am the Director of Athletic Facilities. I maintain the fields and courts to an acceptable playing level that is ready for collegiate athletic play. What I do enables better play, and people are drawn to good facilities. I hope that my work will help them choose to play at Southern Virginia.
What do you enjoy most about being a part of Southern Virginia University Athletics?
It provides a combination of the things that I love the most; the gospel and sports, being able to be in a spiritual and athletic environment all day, every day.
What sports did you compete in and for how long?
I played baseball, basketball and football all growing up.
Who is your favorite athlete or teams?
Steve Young, Chicago Bears, Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox.
What do you enjoy doing in your free-time, hobbies/pastimes?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, keeping up with, playing and analyzing sports. I like world war aviation history, and refining my Tagalog and Marshallese speaking skills.
Name three people that you'd like to have dinner with?
Steve Young, Ted Williams, Amelia Earhart.
Do you have a mantra or life motto—what is it?
“The extra mile is never crowded”- Wayne Dyer.
If you could give advice to the students here southern Virginia students what would it be?
1. Pay attention to detail.
2. Never stop learning or bettering your craft, don’t be complacent.
3. Network, it will help your career.
4. When you have adversity-learn from it. Once you get the perspective that you’re learning something your attitude will change towards that situation.
5. Stay off the grass!
What has been one of your most memorable experiences during your time here?
You’ve seen my office, being on the athletic fields surrounded by the beautiful mountains and trees and under the sun, clouds and rain every day. Every once in a while the F-15’s will fly over when I’m in that element, and it’s a perfect moment.