MORGANTOWN - Oliver Luck's first day on the job certainly didn't have that kind of a feel.
Luck officially became WVU's athletic director Thursday, while former A.D. Ed Pastilong moved into the role of A.D. emeritus, a position he will occupy for the next two years.
"There was no hour spent with (human resources) or getting the key for the restroom or trying to figure out the phone system and then realizing, 'Oh, it's 5 o'clock,' " Luck said Thursday evening from his Coliseum office.
Rather, it was a more natural transition because Luck felt like he had been on the job "every day for the last three or four weeks.'' For all intents and purposes, Luck, 50, started morphing into the athletic director position the minute he accepted the job on June 9, and he actually started working in his Morgantown office Monday, once Pastilong relocated to his new space in the Puskar Center.
"I think certainly I had a head start just being on the (Board of Governors) the last two years,'' Luck said. "I became more or less familiar with certain aspects of the department, and that's been helpful.''
Luck is still figuring out details on the position and how he will move his family. He plans to fly home to Houston today to spend the Fourth of July weekend with his family before coming back to Morgantown Monday morning.
Luck is also making the transition from the professional side of sports to college athletics. He spent the last five years as president of the Houston Dynamo soccer franchise, after serving as president and CEO of NFL Europe in the 1990s. Luck, who will continue to help the Dynamo in their planning for a new $80 million stadium through December, said one of the most fascinating aspects of college athletics is the number of constituents involved. Not only must he consider the opinions of the numerous coaches within WVU's 17 varsity sports teams, but Luck must weigh the interests of student-athletes, student-athletes' parents, alumni and supporters before making drastic decisions.
The father of two Stanford athletes (Andrew, a football player, and Mary Ellen, a volleyball player), Luck understands that those groups have different interests and concerns.