Huffman Hired as Associate Athletic Director for Facilities

Brings Experience from Fordham University

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University has hired Anwau Huffman as Associate Director of Athletics - Facilities and Operations. Huffman will begin his duties on Monday, Aug. 29.

"Anwau brings considerable experience and knowledge about facilities operations to Willamette.  He is thoughtful, organized and detail-oriented.  He will be a wonderful asset to our department," said Willamette Director of Athletics David Rigsby.

Huffman most recently worked in the Athletic Department at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., where he has been employed since September of 2006. He has been the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Management since July of 2010, after serving nearly four years as the Coordinator of Athletic Facilities.

His accomplishments at Fordham include setting up and maintaining the athletic facility schedule, overseeing the upkeep of athletic facilities, creating a detailed operational plan for home events, set up student employment contracts, assignments, etc., and managing the varsity athletic facility budget. He also has provided oversight for construction projects.

While attending classes at Fairfield University, Huffman was Assistant to the Associate Director of Facilities and Operations. He managed all home sporting events, made sure that workers were paid properly and on time, and complete summer camp contracts and controlled the cash flow for camps. He received a bachelor of science degree in Business Management from Fairfield in 2005.

Huffman was impressed with how he was treated during his recent visit to interview at Willamette. He also learned how Willamette Athletics fits into the university's overall learning environment.

"The value system that exists at Willamette excites me," Huffman said. "The opportunity to work for a university that puts education first and truly cares about the way people are treated means more than words can say. I want to be a small piece of the Willamette foundation.

"The thing that impresses me the most about Willamette and continues to impress me is the people," Huffman commented. "I was shown a great deal of respect and kindness by everyone that I encountered."

Huffman has spent much of his life in the State of New York.

"I was born in Manhasset, N.Y., and raised by three women - my mother, Diane, and my two older sisters, Rochelle and Roslynn," Huffman noted. "During high school, I received academic honors while serving as president of the Culture Club and I was a three-season captain for the football, basketball and track teams."

He earned All-State recognition inn high school in track and field and football. He continued to compete in football in college.

"I received a scholarship to Fairfield University (Conn.), where I studied in the School of Business and played football as a wide receiver," Huffman said. He earned a starting position as a freshman.

"As a former Division I athlete, Anwau understands the importance of an excellent athletic experience for undergraduate students," Rigsby said. "More importantly, he has studied, competed and worked at institutions that value service as an integral component of their mission. He will be a great fit for Willamette and Bearcat Athletics."

Huffman returned to New York to begin working at Fordman, which allowed him to stay close to his family. Now, he looks forward to moving to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to his future in-laws.

"My fiancee, Katie Runckel, was born and raised in Tualatin, Ore., and she is an Oregon State University graduate," Huffman said.

As he prepares to start working at Willamette, Huffman has a plan of attack in mind to help Bearcat Athletics organize, maintain and operate it various facilities, both on campus and off-campus.

"My first goal is to create and implement a detailed, written plan that focuses on scheduling, event management, maintenance, budgets, student employment, camps, contracts, complaints and any other pressing matters," Huffman said. "My strategy is to meet with, and learn from, all stakeholders because everyone's input is valuable. I will have the ability to keep everyone on the same page."

Anwau Huffman has been hired as Willamette's Assistant Director of Athletics - Facilities and Operations.

Anwau Huffman has been hired as Willamette's Assistant Director of Athletics - Facilities and Operations.