April 2, 2013
By Sarabeth Pollock, Assistant AD for Academic Support
The Jenny Craig Pavilion is a crown jewel among athletic facilities in the West Coast Conference. However, the JCP doesn't maintain its resplendently immaculate appearance by itself. The USD Facilities team keeps the JCP looking its best through their hard work and tireless devotion to making sure that every USD guest is treated to the best possible experience at this premier facility. This month the USD Athletic Department would like to recognize Juan Aguilar, Lead JCP Custodian. Josh Lawrence, Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations, had this to say about him: "Juan's history with the University, and his conscientious and detail oriented approach to his job keeps our facilities in outstanding condition and makes him a pleasure to have on staff."
Juan is celebrating his 22nd year at USD. He first started working in the Hahn University Center, and then he moved to the Jenny Craig Pavilion in November of 2000. He was among the first staff members to work in the newest building on campus. Over the years his responsibilities have changed as the staff has grown, but his number one priority is keeping the building clean. He appreciates the fact that every day at work is different.
Looking back, he recalls how busy the staff was when USD hosted the WCC Basketball Tournament. Those days kept the staff busy, he said, with "nonstop games." His favorite experience working at the JCP was the Dalai Lama's visit last year, but he also enjoyed when the Lakers and the Suns used the facility. He said Steve Nash was "one of the nicest guys." He also recalls when the San Diego Spirit played at Torero Stadium. They used the locker rooms in the JCP and so he was able to get to know many of the players.
In his spare time, Juan enjoys working around his house and in the garage. His true passion is riding his motorcycle, a 650 Yamaha. He prefers the twists and turns of the local mountain roads, and will often take rides up to Julian, Cuyamaca and Laguna. During the summer he'll even travel south of the border to take on the fast curves in Mexicali and Ensenada. Ever the conscientious cyclist, he emphasizes the importance of safety during his rides.
When asked about what he likes most about working at USD, he said that USD is "ever-changing," and this makes work interesting. Juan says it's a good working environment because he has the autonomy to get his job done. Lastly, Juan really enjoys the people he works with and he likes being part of the JCP staff.