Donor Profile: Andrew and Gina Dakin
AMES, Iowa - Andrew Dakin graduated from Iowa State in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. He currently is the founder and owner of Cylosoft, a web design company that started business in 2004. He grew up in nearby Boone and now resides in Ames with his wife Gina, a graphic designer for Cylosoft. We sat down with Andrew to hear some of his experiences as a Cyclone fan.
Q: Why did you join the Cyclone Club?
A: “It sounded like a good idea at the time since I had always planned on donating back to the University. We just recently moved up to the Directors Club level. We started to donate right after I graduated from Iowa State. Now I run the Cyclone Gridiron Club website and also the Cyclone men’s basketball website. It is a volunteer thing, but I do it to help out both programs in a big way. It’s a lot of fun meeting both the coaches and working with (Iowa State assistant) coach (Ron) Smith for the basketball camps. My wife helps out by doing the basketball camp brochures as well.”
Q: When did you attend your first Cyclone event?
A: “It would have been my freshman year of college around 1996 at a football game. Back then it was the Troy Davis show and we were not very good. I was actually an Iowa fan growing up, even though the rest of my family rooted for the Cyclones. From that day on I was a Cyclone and will always be one.”
“My wife and I currently have football and men’s and women’s basketball season tickets. I have yet to miss a football game in eight years. For men’s basketball I have missed only one game in the past five years. We just decided to add on women’s basketball games, so it has been hard to make it home when there are so many games during the week. Just this past year we bought courtside seats for women’s games and that has been fun to experience.”
Q: What was one of your most memorable games that you attended?
A: “That Colorado football game when the tornado warning came through Ames in 2005 was a game I will never forget. The state troopers came over to us while we were tailgating and told us that we were not in a good spot. They made us just lay on the ground because we were too far away from Hilton. That was an interesting experience, but the game made up for all the bad weather.”
“I really didn’t get into basketball until later on. The Virginia game in 2004 when we beat them on ESPN was the loudest I have ever heard Hilton Coliseum. I remember their coach saying when he left that he did not want to come back because the crowd was so amazing.”
Q: What was your favorite Cyclone road trip?
A: “I do remember when we won at Iowa in 1998, beating the Hawks for the first time (since 1983). When the team came back on the bus it was all smiles and celebration.”
“One road game I remember well was the Texas basketball game in 2005 when we beat them in Austin. (This fall) I plan on going to Las Vegas for the football game against UNLV. That city will be a lot of fun for the weekend.”
Q: Who were some of your favorite coaches and players throughout the years?
A: “Former (Iowa State) football coach Dan McCarney is definitely high on my list. I feel like Bill Fennelly has always overachieved since he has been here. Larry Eustachy was another coach who was always upbeat in basketball games. He really got the crowd excited.”
“As far as players go I would have to say Ellis Hobbs. I still follow him in the NFL and he has always been one of my favorite players to watch. I’ve actually bought a lot of his merchandise and apparel on ebay. (Basketball player) Rahshon Clark was a freshman right when I was getting into basketball. It was really neat to watch him for four years and see him progress into the type of player he became.”
“You can’t forget (Iowa State football quarterback) Seneca Wallace. I did help out as a ball boy for the home games one year when one of my friends was in charge. One time when I was on the sideline and the team had crowded up to the line, Seneca rolled out so fast and came over and took me out. He smashed me right into the sideline. It didn’t hurt so much, but taught me to watch out for how quick Seneca really was.”