06/24/2022 Alumni

Will Cooper '14

Will Cooper ’14 competed as a sprinter for McMurry for 2 ½ seasons, before an injury ended his career. No longer able to compete, he became a strength trainer and assisted in coaching sprinters. He served as assistant coach with McMurry’s track and field program and later stepped into the interim head cross country coach position in 2016. After getting married, he left coaching to pursue a career in the outdoor industry.

How did you get started in a career in your current sector / industry?
After getting injured while running track at McMurry, I founded the Bass Club which was my introduction to the Outdoor Industry.

Briefly walk us through your career journey to this point.
I spent time working for CarecoTV, an outdoor production company with seven TV assets. I then moved back to coach at McMurry. After meeting my wife in Abilene, we decided to move home to central Texas, where I managed my own archery shop before working for Pnuma.

What do you most enjoy about your sector / industry / job?
The connections I have made and getting paid to hunt!

How is your current career the same, or different, than what you thought it would be when you began college?
WAAAAY Different.

What words of advice do you have for McMurry students or fellow alumni interested in a career in your sector or industry?
Just get started in the outdoor space without worrying what others think of you.