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Triathlete brings passion to the workplace

Date: 10/01/2012

"It's not just a job; it really is my lifestyle," said Danois "Danny" Montoya, associate director for recreational sports at New Mexico State University.

Danois "Danny" Montoya stands in front of the pool at the New Mexico State University Aquatic Center.
As a triathlete, Danois Montoya brings his lifestyle perspective to his position as associate director for recreational sports at New Mexico State University. (NMSU Photo by Daniella De Luca)

As associate director for recreational sports, Montoya manages the Activity and Aquatic centers and the four recreational programs, which include the fitness and wellness, intramural, aquatic and outdoor adventure programs. But outside of the office, he is a local triathlete, competing on a monthly basis.

Starting as a runner and a lifeguard, Montoya looked to the Ironman competitions as something different and challenging. He "caught the bug," and has been competing for the past 20 years.

"It really is my passion and what I do outside of work," said Montoya, who has been at NMSU for 12 years.

Be it swimming, biking or running, Montoya trains daily. Sometimes utilizing his lunch breaks, Montoya trains at the aquatic center or the weight room in the Activity Center.

"I think I bring a unique perspective," Montoya said. "Not only am I an administrator in this type of business, but I'm also a customer."

As a customer himself, he says it allows him to identify with the needs of the customers as well as look at trends in the industry. For him, however, the best part of his job is working with and for students.

"A typical day for me is a lot of fun," Montoya said, "I'm dealing with a lot of sports and activities, and really facilitating and guiding faculty, staff and students in their rec sports needs."

Written by Gabriella D. Ferrari

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