Spotlight On: Eliot Mar, Seattle University Women’s Basketball

Eliot Mar
Director of Operations
Seattle University Women’s Basketball
Hometown: Seattle
Alma Mater: Seattle University
Official bio
Twitter: @JEliotMar

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

A jog on busy days and a workout on calmer ones, then breakfast around 5. New music and journaling the day’s and week’s tasks before coming in to work. I know how big coffee is for getting going, especially in Seattle, but I think a morning workout and setting your intent for the day actually ends up last longer than the caffeine spike. If I know what each hour of the day will bring then I have like 15 or more things every day to get hyped for. That makes things easy and exciting. The first two hours of my day are just preparation. Mental preparation for myself and then attention to detail preparation in making sure everything around the gym and office for the day is ready. Those first couple hours of the day before anyone gets going is my opportunity to fix and problems from the previous night or correct mistakes by other people before it becomes a problem for my team. At the end of the day, it’s the beginning of it that allows things to seem consistent and the same, even though every day really has its own challenges.

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

I keep a journal and all of our team’s calendar times on my phone. Anything that I personally have to do gets written in my journal. I use my calendar to keep track of where I can fit in what my journal says without interrupting the flow of the team. Our coaches and players should function in a “zero gravity” environment from things other than basketball and academics. That’s to say that they shouldn’t be getting pulled away by other distractions that I can limit, including team operational needs. Physically writing things down and making constant notes is the only way to stay organized as well. There’s too much going on in such a spectrum of areas that it’s important to have a living record on hand to go back to.

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

I would say to set an immediate career goal. The job is all encompassing and allows for great personal growth because of it. Depending on what skills you want to focus more on, the job takes on different tones. I would advise myself to be more open to changing areas of focus year to year to keep the perspective fresh.

Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year?

I want to be the best in my department. I want to be the best in my conference at what I do. Our coach has made a point of creating a culture for our student athletes that values winning in every facet of life, not just on the court. In this same way, I want to set the tone for us winning as a team in travel, in game prep, in budgeting, fan and booster experience. These are areas that I can contribute in and be measurably better at than the rest of our contemporary universities and WBB programs. It’s easy to tell when a team has an operations
staff that knows what they’re doing from one that has split focuses (coaching and operational responsibilities or simply wants to jump into coaching).

Best career or work advice you ever received?

“You need to be better,” and, “if you love something let it kill you.”


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