By day, Ziya Gunay is a specialist in information technology, which, according to Wikipedia, means "the study, design, development, implementation, support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware."
Simply put, he's an IT guy.
Tonight, he emerges from semi-retirement as a professional kicker to try to solve the Wichita Wild's inability to consistently put the football through goal posts that are 10 feet wide, 10 feet off the ground and suspended from an arena ceiling.
Simply put, he needs to make extra points.
Dylan Pohlman lost the kicking job, at least temporarily, when he missed three PATs in the Wild's 48-47 loss at Sioux City last week.
Coach Ken Matous, whose slumping team plays at the winless Colorado Ice tonight, said his players had lost confidence in the kicking game.
"We kind of had to do something to shake things up," he said. "I really like Dylan, but we're leaving too many points hanging out there. We had to show ownership and the team that we're doing everything we can to be successful in all phases of the game."
Enter Gunay, who kicked for the defunct Wichita Aviators in 2006 and for the Wild in 2007 and 2008. The McPherson resident, and McPherson College graduate, said he is in shape from playing soccer, but he hasn't kicked in an indoor game since his last stint with the Wild.
Despite some obvious rustiness, Gunay, 26, was pleased with his performance in a kick-off with Pohlman earlier in the week.
"I hadn't kicked in a year and a half, and I showed up and kicked the ball pretty solid," said Gunay, who was an honorable mention Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference performer for McPherson. "But put people in the stands and add the pressure of a game and things can change.
"I just want to be able to prove to myself I can do it. Nobody's perfect, but I hope I'm perfect this weekend."
Pohlman, who played at Tabor College, was successful on 70 percent (33 of 47) of his extra points — 15th in the Indoor Football League among kickers with more than 20 attempts.
For the Wild in 2008, Gunay made 27 of 38 PATs for 77 percent.
Armed with connections all around the country, Matous said he will continue to look around for available kickers.
"With a well-managed organization like this, they're always looking to make improvements, so it can be week to week," he said. "If I do good, I think I can keep the job. If I do bad, who knows. I just want to help the team win.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity. I'm looking forward to giving it a shot."