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Wildcat Spotlight

December 16, 2011
Where Are They Now? Evan Wilson

Where are you living and what career path have you set for yourself?
I live in Portland with my wife, Mandy, and our 3-month-old daughter, Tess. I work at Pacific Crest Securities, a technology-focused boutique investment bank. Broadly, we help mutual funds and hedge funds decide which stocks to buy and sell. Specifically, I'm an analyst that focuses on entertainment stocks, especially video games.

What were the clinching factors in your decision to attend Linfield?
Initially, I had planned to leave the state for college and focus on academics. However, Coach Larry Doty was a very effective salesman in convincing me that I could get a great education and play basketball all within a close proximity of my family. Fortunately, those things proved to be true. Seeing the great facilities and hearing from others about Linfield's solid regional reputation also helped.

What classes did you enjoy the most and who were your favorite professors?
Scott Chambers’ classes and his January term trip to New York were essentially what turned me on to finance. Learning about the stock market in 1998 through 2001 was fascinating given the historical context. Other memorable classes included a Jan-term astronomy class that was nothing short of mind-boggling, Martin Dwomoh-Tweneboah's computer science classes and taking calculus from Stephen Bricher, who I'm sure is still as much of a force of nature with a piece of chalk as he was in 1997.

What are your fondest memories of competing in basketball at Linfield?
In 1999, we were 20-5 and won Linfield's first conference championship in men's basketball since 1979. Certainly it's always fun to be on top, but it was especially true after going 7-17 in 1998, which was my most difficult year in basketball. We really bonded as a team and the students and fans couldn't have supported us more. Seeing the CatPack go berserk was a treat.

In what ways are you applying what you learned at Linfield in the classroom and on the basketball court to your personal and professional life?
The lessons from basketball are innumerable, but one is a Larry  Doty classic: "Don't act like you're working hard. Work hard." Beyond basketball, Linfield's culture prompted me to become a much more well-rounded person. I wrote for the Linfield Review, was a student senator and hosted a sports talk show and did play-by-play for KSLC. Those were all things I had no idea I was interested in until people asked me to participate. Now, writing and speaking publicly has become a huge part of my job.

What were some of the greatest obstacles you had to overcome during your days at Linfield?
Honestly, there were many as I'm sure is true for most student-athletes. Injuries can have an unbelievable impact on your outlook and it certainly did for me. Campus starts to feel awfully big when you are on crutches. Also, the added stress of meager personal finances can take some of the joy out of the experience of being out on your own for the first time.

Do you stay in touch with teammates and follow the basketball program from afar?
Absolutely. Most of my best friends are from in and around the basketball program. I keep in touch with Coach Doty and make it out to a few games every year. I also still follow the football team closely. After my four years, I was itching to move on and see what was next. However, now I'm envious of those who still get to put on a Wildcat uniform and I know that most of my contemporaries feel the same way.

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