While you might never hear that introduction at an NBA arena, consider that Erik Spoelstra’s path to becoming Heat coach included four years as a video coordinator for the team, something Cote’s been doing since December — albeit while coordinating Heat video highlights for SportsCenter.
“I don’t think they’ll be calling,” Cote said. “Spoelstra’s doing a good job.”
So is Cote, who joined ESPN full-time a year ago this month after a summer production internship in 2011 prior to his senior year at Ithaca (N.Y.) College where he majored in Sport Media. Already responsible for Oklahoma City highlights, Cote got word this winter he was being re-assigned to Miami by Coordinating Producer Judson Burch. (Note: The Thunder, Lakers and Heat have designated production assistants while other NBA teams and game assignments rotate among the ESPN Production Assistants) . . .
. . . and so begins Dan Quinn’s piece, “Lifelong Celtics fan now finds himself in the Heat of the moment with Miami highlights,” which profiles Ithaca College alum Gavin Cote ’12.
Photo Credit: Rich Arden/ESPN Images
If you are a recent graduate or current student in the area, you are invited to attend each candidate’s class presentation.
Date: Monday, June 10th
Time: 10:00 — 10:50 a.m.
Location: CHS 201 (classroom adjacent to department office)
Date: Wednesday, June 12th
Time: 10:00 — 10:50 a.m.
Location: CHS 201
Date: Friday, June 14th
Time: 10:00 — 10:50 a.m.
Location: CHS 201
By Sean Yoo ’13
Bristol, Connecticut was an unfamiliar place for most back in 1988, but that summer was the second year in a row that Muzzy Field was selected to host the College World Series. It was the final game of the Division III College World Series, with the two teams — Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans and Ithaca College Bombers — battling until the very last out.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh was feeling good about this game after dominating Ithaca College 11-3 earlier in the week. On top of that, Wisconsin-Oshkosh had a three-run lead and was on the verge of closing out the seventh inning with two outs already on the board. Ithaca’s last hope in the seventh was sophomore outfielder Vince Roman. With one crack of the bat, the Titans 5-2 lead was cut down to 5-4 as Roman drove in two runs with a two out single. From then on the Bombers were rolling as they scored three runs in the eighth inning, defeating the Titans by a score of 7-5. Ithaca College went on to win their second National Championship — but oddly enough this piece isn’t centered on the College World Series.
In fact, it’s actually about Mark Gross, who is currently the senior vice president/executive producer of production at ESPN. Mark is also a graduate of Ithaca College. As a senior in my final semester of college, I was itching to ask the question, “What did you want to do after you graduated college?” Mark responded, “I can tell you a story about how I got my first job.”
Ithaca College recently announced Susan Bassett will be the new athletic director starting on July 1st. Below, Sport Media alumna Jodie Eichel tells the story of Susan in a Sport Publications class piece originally published April 11, 2011.
By Jodie Eichel ’12
As corny and clichéd as it might sound, one change, one experience, one loss can alter a person’s life forever. Imagine being an 18-year-old kid named Susan Bassett. You’ve just finished your first semester at your dream college and are coming off a successful field-hockey season, starting as a freshman. It’s winter break, December 22, 1975, and you’re walking along with your best friend, Cara, and all of sudden disaster strikes. A hit-and-run drunk driver crashes into you. In a flash, your best friend is dead, and you are seriously injured. At the very least, assuming you recover from the trauma of the accident, your athletic career appears to be over.
Bassett survived the accident but received neurological damage to her left leg. She thought that her goal in life, to be a physical education teacher and coach, had become unattainable. Little did she realize how far that was from the truth. Bassett, who graduated from Ithaca College in 1979, is now the athletic director at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a leader in the world of Division III athletics.
Still in the hospital as the second semester commenced, the shaken young woman missed the second semester of her freshman year to recuperate and undergo physical therapy for her leg. Then she came back to Ithaca the following fall to figure out the next move in her life. As it turned out, her athletic career, which had included swimming as well as field hockey, was essentially over. She initially thought that meant she would not be able to be a coach either. “I made a lot of choices based on thinking I couldn’t be a high school coach anymore because I was no longer able to be a competitive athlete on teams,” Bassett says now. She thought that in order to be a great coach, you had to have a great career as an athlete.
David Metzendorf ’13
David Metzendorf ’13
Cristina Nunez ’13
Chris Lotsbom ’13
Sophia Cardinali ’13
Congrats, David, Cristina, Chris and Sophia!
As part of a class assignment, Sport Media Relations students Myron Avant and Joe Smaldone caught up with Ithaca College senior Corey Caswell to discuss Bombers baseball.
Listen below (gray play button) as the Sport Management major reflects on his athletic background; reveals his college selection process; talks about the IC baseball program; and shares his future plans post-graduation.
[Editor's note: The Bombers finish third in the Division III nation.]
Throughout all bobsled and skeleton disciplines, there is no athlete who has dominated more since Vancouver than Latvia’s Martins Dukurs. Whether it was the overall World Cup, the European Championships or individual races, Martins Dukurs has managed to win almost anything a Skeleton athlete can win. The only thing he is missing at this point in his career is an Olympic gold medal. In Vancouver he came in second behind local hero Jon Montgomery and Sochi 2014 might be his last chance to add the last missing piece to his career. It will be interesting to see how Dukurs deals with this pressure, but his recent results have shown that he is capable of racing fast on the Olympic track, winning the World Cup race in 2013 . . .
. . . and so begins Max Rottenecker’s piece — “Men’s Skeleton Medal Favorites” — on the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation official site. Max, a first-year Sport Media major, wrote the piece while interning with the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation marketing and communications department.
As part of a class assignment, Sport Media Relations students Sophia Cardinali, Brennan Edmonds and Brian Kibler caught up with Ithaca College senior co-captain Molly O’Donnell to discuss Bombers softball.
Listen below (gray play button) as the Sport Management major reflects on her baseball and softball background; reveals her college selection process; and shares her proudest Ithaca College softball moments and memories.
A scholarship has been established by the Department of Sport Management and Media through the generosity of alumni, colleagues, students, friends and family of Dr. Wayne Blann. This $1,450 (approximate) scholarship will be awarded to a student with 60+ credits majoring in Sport Management or Sport Media that has an internship (fieldwork not eligible for this scholarship) for the summer of 2013.
• The internship must be credit bearing.
• The recipient will be in good academic and judicial standing.
• The recipient must also demonstrate financial need.
Completed applications (download form below) must be submitted to the Sport Management and Media Office (202 CHS) no later than 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 24th, 2013. Applicants may mail or fax completed applications as well to the Department, but it must be RECEIVED by the deadline. The scholarship will be awarded in June.
What: In a match-up of two nationally-ranked women’s lacrosse squads, Ithaca College will play host to out-of-conference rival Hamilton College as the 2013 regular season winds down. As part of a class project, prior to this highly-anticipated game there will be a tailgate with free food sponsored by Mark’s Pizzeria and Moes.
What Else: All fans in attendance will be entered into a raffle where one lucky winner will receive two free tickets to a Yankees game this summer. Also, other winners will receive gift certificates to either Wegmans or Ale House. Additionally, there be a halftime show featuring a surprise guest . . .
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5 p.m.; tailgate starts around 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the field
Where: Higgins Stadium (A&E Center Turf Field: 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850)