This is part of our series highlighting employees at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. You can see other members of our team talk about their dancing skills on hockey skates or how they’ve pursued opportunities to give back to the college sports they love. If you’re interested in joining the team, check out our career page for some of our great openings.
This week, we caught up with Will Gilhooly, our staff accountant, to talk about his lifelong love of sports, the best job for tennis player types like him and why you should never, never, challenge him to a game of chess.
Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. You’re a Chicago sports fan, right?
I was born on the day that the new Comiskey Park opened (April 18, 1991). I celebrated my 16th birthday watching Mark Buehrle throw a no-hitter against the Rangers!
What’s your family like?
I have 4 siblings. Of my siblings, I am pretty much in the exact middle with respect to age. I am 23. My older brother is 35 (11 years, 6 months older than me), my older sister is 25 (1 year, 5 months older than me), my younger sister is 22 (1 year, 10 months younger than me), and my younger brother is 11 (12 years, 3 months younger than me)
Woah. That’s a lot of kids. So what would you do in the summer, growing up?
I was a lifeguard/manager at an aquatic park for 8 years, and am still certified in life guarding, CPR, AED, Emergency Oxygen, and First Aid by the American Red Cross.
That must take a lot of energy. Do you ever need surges of caffeine? Red Bull? Sugar?
I am not a coffee drinker at all. I also am not a big dessert fan; cookies, cake, brownies, you name it, I probably do not want to eat it.
You contributed to an earlier piece we wrote for Tennis Recruiting about playing tennis.
My senior year of high school at Brother Rice HS in Chicago I qualified for the Illinois State Final Championships in Men’s Tennis.
So you’re a strong swimmer and tennis player. Is there any sport you aren’t a champion at? Monopoly? Checkers?
While tennis is my main sport, I was also quite the chess player, and at one point was rated at 1808 on the ELO rating scale. To put it in perspective, a player with a 2000 ELO rating is considered an Expert by the United States Chess Federation.
Would you consider that your best claim to fame?
My freshman year in college, I made it onto ESPN (albeit briefly) and helped tear down the uprights after Grand Valley State beat Carson-Newman in the Div. II Football National Semifinal.
What were you studying in college?
I actually started my college career as a Computer Science major, not Accounting. I took CS courses my first two semesters before deciding it was not for me.
What’s one of your favorite memories from colleg?
You’re one of the better dressed guys in the office, always wearing some kind of suit. Who’s the lucky calculator you’re trying to impress?
Before I was offered the Jr Staff Accountant position here at NCSA, I had actually already accepted an accountant position at a different company. I ended up working there for just one day before letting them know that I was going to work here. However, the dress code at that company was a little more professional than casual, so when I got that job I had to go out and buy all nice clothes. That is why I always seem to be dressed nicely.