Q&A With Associate Athletic Director Clayton Bissett

By Sports Editor Nicklas Grifhorst





1. What is your current job at Rochester College?  

Associate Athletic Director

2. Where did you grow up and how is that different from the Rochester area?  

I grew up in a small town in Texas (population just under 10,000). It was dry and flat with nothing but cotton farms around. When the wind blew (which was all the time), it would create a dust storm.  It is so bad sometimes, that roads have to be shut down because you can't see. Contrary to what most people think, we did get snow in the winter time (even on Easter one year), but the difference between here and Texas is that in Texas the snow melts by late afternoon.

3. What college did you attend and how was that different from Rochester College? 

I graduated from Abilene Christian University which is a sister school of RC so about the only difference between the two is the number of students.

4. What brought you to RC?  

I had known about RC for many years because Klint Pleasant and I were college teammates and roommates. When there was an opportunity to start a college golf team here, my name was brought up and Klint approached me about it and I jumped at the chance.

5. What are your hobbies?  

I'm not much of a hobby guy. I guess I would say my hobbies are watching sports and playing with my two sons.

6. What is your favorite thing to do in the Rochester area? 

There are a few things I enjoy doing in the area: eating at all the good restaurants we have, walking around downtown and taking my boys to the park.

7. What is your most prized possession?  

I think my most prized possession is my father's wedding ring.

8. What is your most embarrassing moment?

How long can this article be??? If I had to narrow it down, I guess my most embarrassing moment would be the time I was golfing and got to #10 tee box. I was playing with Klint Pleasant and another coach and it was my turn to tee off. Back then, I had a terrible slice (yes even worse than it is now) so I had to aim to the left. There were townhouses down the left side of the hole so it was always a little scary for me when I got to that hole.This time, however, I hit a ball that I don't think I could hit again if I tried. I'm not sure how I missed hitting my left ankle with the ball, but it almost went behind me and broke a glass door to the very first townhouse in the row of townhouses. The guy was home and was not happy with me. That story still gets brought up along with all of the other embarrassing golf stories I have.

9. What is the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome?  

I feel like I have actually been pretty lucky by not having to overcome many obstacles in my life.  Not that things have gone smoothly all the time, but I can't really think of anything that was a major obstacle.   

10. Who was your biggest influence?

My biggest influence was my dad.He taught me how to work hard and never expect to be given anything. He taught me that no matter what I was doing, I needed to give my best effort...even if it was pulling weeds in the back yard. He taught me how to be a good father. If I was half the man he was, I would be a lot better person than I am now.