When Doug Mosley needed additional information, he didn’t have to walk very far.
Mosely found an excellent source after a quick trip to the men’s soccer offices at the University of Cincinnati.
Mosley wanted information concerning the athletic director job at Montana State Billings.
On the other side sat Dan McNally, who until a few months ago was the men’s soccer coach at MSUB. He was hired at UC as an assistant coach in February after eight seasons with the Yellowjackets.
“I talked to Dan,’’ said Mosley. “He told me how Billings is a great family town. I want this to be the place where my kids graduate high school, where it becomes their hometown and my wife and I want to become an active community member. My wife, Stacy, bless her heart, probably knows more about the Billings schools than anybody else outside of Billings.”
McNally also told Mosley a whole lot more and that’s why the former college football and tennis player was in town Thursday.
Mosley is the second of five candidates to have an on-campus interview at MSUB for the athletic director’s position. The 50-year-old father of two — son Luke 10, daughter Katie 4 — met with coaches, Yellowjacket student-athletes and department staff in the morning and took part in a community forum later in the afternoon.
MSUB will interview three more candidates on campus in the next 10 days. The school is trying to find a replacement for Gary Gray, who became the athletic director at Alaska Fairbanks last fall.
“I’ve been doing a lot of listening to folks,’’ Mosley said of his day. “I asked every group I met, ‘What do you want in your athletic director?’ They all basically said the same thing. They wanted somebody with a plan. What’s the plan and how are we going to get there?
“That would be my No. 1 priority. To bring people together with a plan. Set goals and list the ways the programs can be successful.
“I want a plan that is something active. I don’t want it to be a bound volume collecting dust on a shelf. It has to be fluid.”
Mosley is currently the associate director of athletics for external and media communications at Cincinnati.
He has more that 20 years in athletic administration, with stops at Louisiana-Monroe, Troy and Spring Hill. The former sports writer was also the director of sports information for the NAIA (1996-2000) and was the softball venue press chief at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Mosley also spent time in television with Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast.
He is looking to take over an NCAA Division II program that offers 17 intercollegiate sports.
“I knew I wanted to get back to the student-centered environment,’’ Mosley said. “That’s why an opportunity like this is very attractive to me.
“They’ve had some success here and I know there is more success to come. And they have had some challenges along the way. They need a go-getter, someone who is relentless to take on those challenges.”
Mosley listed facilities and the retention of coaches as two primary concerns.
“Those are needs to be addressed,’’ he said. “There are only seven people with the athletic department five years or longer.
“You have to hire good people and keep good people.”
Mosley stressed fund-raising during his afternoon forum. And like Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,’’ Mosley said he would leave no stone unturned to find additional funds.
“I know Willie Robertson,’’ he said with a laugh. “You have to work to find new revenue streams. You have to chase every dollar you can. You can’t look to your donor base every time. That’s just part of it.
“You have to come in and burn up the shoe leather, be willing to meet people. You have to listen to what people have to say.
“The best marketing initiative is winning.”
Mosley stressed strengths he would bring to MSUB.
“Energy, commitment,’’ he said. “I hope that fits what they want in an athletic director.
“I told the coaches and staff, when I walk out of this room, you might never see me again. But there is a lot more success to be had here.”