Spotlight On: Duncan Johnston, Ohio State Women’s Soccer

Duncan Johnston
Director of Operations
Ohio State University Women’s Soccer
Hometown: Powell, Ohio
Education: Ohio Dominican University, 
Official bio
Twitter: @Duncanjo93


What do the first two hours of your day look like?

The first thing I do every morning right when I wake up is check my email, social media, news, and calendar/reminders. I typically give myself an hour before heading to the office to prepare myself for the day. One huge component to working in athletics operations is being organized. From the second I wake up, I am thinking about my day, schedule, and organization of how the day will run.

During the season, we practice in the morning. When I arrive to the office, I like to go over the game plan for practice and especially double check with the coaches for their special requests such as filming practice or taking stats. Most of the first few hours are spent on the pitch at practice. However, even while being at practice, I have my phone set to ‘loud’ as I am completing tasks for off of the pitch, while physically being on the pitch. Aka, double and triple tasking.

During the off-season I can focus my mornings on preparation for the day/week itself as well as future tasks such as preparing for upcoming camps or road games the following season.

Name one go-to resource that helps you with your duties.

Apart from my cell phone, working in athletics at the best athletic department in the nation, the best resource that I have are the people I work with. Being at TOSU, I am fortunate enough to have the most professional people on my side. Whether it is the athletic director and administrators to my team managers, everyone has a significant duty in helping me complete my job in aiding the team, coaches, and staff to succeed.

If you could go back to your first day on the job and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don’t stress out because I will find a way to get the job done.

Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.

I would love to get more involved in our athletic department as a whole by possibly leading or initiating movements to further provide success for our student-athletes. The Ohio State University Athletic Department does an incredible job at providing resources to our student athletes to succeed in their daily lives and I would love to be an integral part of this in helping other student-athletes, not just women’s soccer.

Best career or work advice you ever received.

Stick with it because something good will come from it – My dad.

First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.

I always grew up wanting to make the most amount of money possible. I always dreamed about playing professional soccer and playing for the best teams in the world. When I quickly found that was not feasible and had to hang up the cleats after college, my dad always told me to “do what I love.” The lessons that I have learned from my playing career and short professional career in sport management at The Ohio State University has further cemented my desire to work in collegiate athletics. I love going to work every day with the inspiration of creating a positive impact on the people that I associate with.

Talk about a project or effort you’re working on or a group or organization that you’re working with that is near and dear to your heart.

I currently am pursuing my PhD in sport management at The Ohio State University. From when I was a student-athlete in college, I have been immensely interested in student-athlete motivation to succeed. Throughout my undergraduate career I was always busying myself with soccer, academics, and internships with the purpose that it will help me succeed after graduation. As my interest in this topic grew, I have started developing my research dissertation on this topic as well as involving myself in anyway with the athletic department to promote and facilitate student-athlete success.

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