BEVERLY, Mass. – In the world of college athletics, coaching trees are often viewed as another means to evaluate a program's success. That theory also applies to the Endicott College Office of Athletic Communications.
"It has been incredibly rewarding to witness the development of talented individuals from graduate assistants, interns, or work-study students into established athletic communications professionals at higher education institutions or organizations," said Rob Palardy, Assistant Athletic Director for Strategic Communications. "What they learned on the job, the skills they acquired, and the initiative they exhibited were essential in the transformation of Endicott's own internal and external marketing and communications efforts. Today, it is a special experience to see how they are doing the same thing in their respective working environments."
The Endicott College Office of Athletic Communications follows the College's philosophy of "learning by doing" and allows students working within the office to play a significant role on the daily publicity of Endicott's athletic programs. Any and all students who work in the department as broadcasters, photographers, statisticians, social media influencers, videographers, etc. are encouraged to contribute their own ideas and put a stamp on their projects/positions within the office.
Here's a list of where Endicott's Athletic Communications graduate assistants/interns have ended up over the last eight years.
Endicott Athletic Communications Graduate Assistants/Interns
Matt Haley '08, Atlanta Falcons - Manager of Football Communications
Previous employers/internships: Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots
Chris Barroso '09, Nichols College – Director of Marketing & Promotions/Assistant SID
Previous employers/positions: Saint Anselm College (SID), Regis College (SID), ESPN
Patrick Gordon '10, St. John Fisher College – Director of Experiential Learning & Outreach
Previous employers/positions: Lakeland Community College (Assistant Director of Athletics)
Craig Kaufman '13, Amherst College – Director of Athletic Communications
Previous employers/positions: Mount Ida College (SID)
Kellar Dinan '14, Boston Red Sox – Fan Clubs Representative
Other positions: Boston Cannons (Gameday Marketing Assistant)
Taylor Teixeira '15, New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) – Assistant Director
Previous positions: Coordinator of Sport Administration and Communications (NEWMAC)
Annie Jenkins '17, Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) –Assistant to the Commissioner
Previous internships: NESN, Golden State Collegiate Baseball League
Hannah Graney '17, Ecast Productions
Previous internships: WHDH-TV, EMC, Bedford TV
Ryan Small '17, Millersville University – Athletic Communication Graduate Assistant
Previous internships: Tufts University, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Harvard University
Nick Weinstein '17, WWE – Production Assistant
Previous internships: GateHouse Media, CSN New England
What the grads are saying:
Patrick Gordon '10
"The opportunity to work in the athletic department at Endicott College while earning a master's degree as a graduate assistant was a transformative experience for me both professionally and personally. At that time the sports information office consisted of Rob Palardy and myself, so I was given key responsibilities and opportunities to grow from the onset. At that stage of my career, it was the perfect setting. Being able to work at an institution that is committed to athletics and in a department that features dedicated student-athletes, coaches, and administrators only fueled my desire to pursue a lifelong career in intercollegiate athletics.
Even today, when I get a final score update via text or see a tweet, I take great pride in knowing the people I was fortunate enough to work with continue to experience success. I am still extremely grateful to Dr. Brian Wylie and everyone at Endicott for giving me a chance."
Craig Kaufman '13
"The most important part of my experience as a graduate assistant at Endicott College was the on the job training I got in the sports information field. I was given the responsibility to serve as the primary contact for several sports, so that when I moved on from Endicott into a director role, I felt confident that I had the skills to lead a department. As I prepare now to take a new step in my career as the Director of Athletic Communications at Amherst College, I will continue to use what I learned at Endicott as a foundation as I make my own mark on another institution of higher learning."
Taylor Teixeira '15
"I was lucky enough to complete both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Endicott College where I was able to work in the Sports Information Department as a student and then as a graduate assistant. Everything I learned from my time at Endicott is seen in my work daily as the Assistant Director of the NEWMAC. Athletic communications is a forever changing field and Rob Palardy is one of the best in the business in regards to keeping up with new trends and innovations. Our team was at the forefront of the Division III college athletics social media boom which forced us to think outside the box and to always be one step ahead. Those lessons have helped me enhance my skills in branding, strategic communications, marketing."
Annie Jenkins '17
"I attribute my current success at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) to my two years along Hale Street employed as the Sports Information Graduate Assistant, while earning my M. Ed. in Athletic Administration. The foundation I built at Endicott has since transpired into a world of opportunity at my fingertips because of the practical and experiential knowledge I acquired that can be directly applied to what I do now as the Assistant to the Commissioner.
By working at Endicott, I gained a profound appreciation for establishing a better work-life balance and now hold in high regard the significance of cultivating quality culture and cohesion in the workplace. I also became more familiar with the ways in which effective leadership styles, various vehicles of communication, and more innovative technological efforts can create greater efficiency and assist in the powerful influence, captivation, enhancement, and expansion of a global audience. In turn, this has already proved its importance and will continue to do so as I move forward and advance myself personally and professionally in all future endeavors."
Among other life lessons, I learned:
At Endicott, you will push yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of… and it's worth it.
At Endicott, you will foster deep connections and develop a strong two-way network of support.
At Endicott, 'opportunity' is what you make of it.
(list does not include current students and their internships/roles in department)