“ . . . and coach of the Miami Heat, former ESPN Content Associate, Gavin Cote.”

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.

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