Cambridge, Mass. (May 5) -- As part of a series that is taking place throughout the 2020-21 academic year, the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) is featuring a number of head coaches and DAPER staff members. This next installment of the series features assistant manager of events and rentals John Bryan, who was recently promoted into his current position in DAPER.
As part of each feature, we have included a written question and answer session, along with a video interview where recruits, alumni, fans and others can learn more about the program and MIT. If you can't currently visit MIT, we will bring MIT to you!
Q: What sport do you enjoy watching most on TV?
A: I will watch many different things, but definitely tennis when it's on, NFL football on a week-to-week basis, and any Olympic sport, winter or summer.
Q: What's your favorite movie?
A: I am not a huge movie fan, but one that I have always liked is a classic, Lean on Me, and the 90's classic, Fargo.
Q: When the pandemic is over, where do you want to go on vacation?
A: Hawaii, no doubt. My wife and I were supposed to go for our five-year anniversary, then COVID was here for our 10th, so once things become "normal", this is a must visit destination.
Q: What is your favorite event that you have ever attended?
A: One of my most memorable sporting events was the Rogers Cup tennis tournament from the summer of 2007 where we saw Novak Djokovic play Rafael Nadal before Djokovic was big. Standing room only tickets for a great match. Non-sports would be from the same summer, Bon Jovi at the TD Garden where we were upgraded from nosebleed behind the stage to Loge 11 for a fantastic concert!!
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in the Cambridge area?
A: There are a few Cambridge restaurants that I like. For a sit-down meal, I like Naco Taco on Mass Ave. For takeout, I enjoy Al's Café in Tech Square. For either one, Sugar and Spice in Porter Square is delicious!
Q: Have you had a mentor during your career?
A: My sixth grade teacher Mr. Don Shirley. He got me started into the world of athletics as boy's basketball team manager and scoreboard operator. This is something I continued through high school and led me to my undergraduate major of sports management.
Q: If you weren't working in recreation and athletics, what do you think you would be doing for a career?
A: I would love to be an engineer for John Deere working on tractors. I have visited the headquarters and manufacturing plant in Illinois and have always loved the brand.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Q: What is your favorite professional or college sports team?
A: I am a loyal New England Patriots fan and watch them every fall, every year.
Q: If you could have dinner with one sports figure (from any era), who would it be and why?
A: The first person that comes to mind is Robert Parish. When I was growing up, my mom's best friend was a huge Celtics fan and was a member of the fan club. During their monthly meetings, players past and present would attend and meet the fans. I had the opportunity to meet Robert Parish and he was very accommodating and humble. I would like to learn more about his path to the NBA and hear about the playoff runs the Celtics had from his perspective.