Jan. 30, 2017 – West Bend, WI – Anthony Schlass has a great article in the latest edition of The Current about a pair of West Bend High School alumni who have some high-profile positions directing college athletics.
Craig Pintens graduated WB West in 1994 and is currently the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oregon. Mike Houck, WB West Class of 1990 is Assistant Athletics Director/Strategic Communications at the University of Oklahoma.
A portion of the article by Anthony Schlass is below.
Mike Houck escorts quarterback Blake Bell to a press interview after Oklahoma defeated Notre Dame in 2013. Photograph by LaizurePhoto.
From an early age, Houck knew OU was the right fit for him.
“I fell in love with the Oklahoma football team when I was in kindergarten growing up in Pennsylvania, and my love for the Sooners extended to the men’s basketball team while I was in high school,” Houck said. “They were my favorite collegiate teams, and I never would have pursued the internship opening at OU had it not been for my affinity for the athletics program there.”
Over the last two decades, Houck has been fortunate to work alongside some of the greatest athletes and coaches in the NCAA.
Pintens in high school. Photograph courtesy of the Pintens family.
Pintens accepted a job offer from the University of Oregon.
“I started at Oregon in September of 2011,” Pintens said. “I accepted the position the Tuesday before the LSU-Oregon football game in Cowboys Stadium, which made that game extremely awkward as I was working at LSU at the time.”
Pintens worked at LSU from 2009-2011.
Similar to Houck, Pintens has worked with outstanding student-athletes and seen incredible success at Oregon.
“Since 2010 we have won more national championships than any school in Division I (15),” Pintens said.
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(Top image: Mike Houck cuts down the net after Oklahoma defeated Oregon in the Elite Eight to advance to the 2016 Final Four. Photograph courtesy of Houck.)