As I moved most of things from my apartment in Wise to my new apartment in Greensboro, N.C., this past weekend I started to realize how much being sports editor has helped further my career.
The reason I have moved to the land of Bojangles and the Atlantic Coast Conference is to work as a media relations/video production assistant for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The Grasshoppers are the Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins and after spending the past two seasons working in an American League organization, I more than happy to get back to the National League. Don’t get me wrong the American League is fine, but my heart is in the National League.
This newspaper has not only gotten me a job in professional baseball the past three seasons, but has drew interest from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, USA Baseball and Perfect Game Baseball. To say the least, I must thank Allie Robinson (now Gibson) and Michael McGill for taking a shot on a kid who had no journalism experience, but was hired as assistant sports editor in the fall of 2011. I would like to also thank Sydney Gilbert who was hired as sports editor for stepping down before the fall semester even started and giving me the reins.
As we will only print two more issues this semester, I must begin to show my gratitude to individuals who have helped me out over the past three years.
First, my hat is off to the hardest working individual at this College, Sports Information Director Darrell-Dingus Ely. Without this man, no sports reporter covering UVa-Wise would have the things they need.
To Kathy Still, Jordan Fifer, Jessica Shartouny and Allie Gibson, who pretty much molded me into the writer I am today: Thank you for that. I don’t think words do it justice on how much I appreciate everything you all did to help me out.
I have made friends in this business that I will stay in touch for many years. I have to say thanks to my main man Tim Hayes of the Bristol Herald Courier and his endless knowledge of sports at all levels with a specialty in Southwest Virginia sports. If you have time to set down with us, boy do we have a lot of stories to tell you. I can’t leave out Coy “The General” Bays who has to be the funniest guy in Wise County, and who also has a story for everything.
Some of the little things that I am truly going to miss are the friendships that I have made, the chicken tenders in the football press box and getting to see my fellow colleagues grow on/off the field.
During the new two weeks, I will highlight my favorite UVa-Wise sports memories from the past three years. If you wonder what some of them are, I’ll give you a hint: One of them has almost 500,000 views on YouTube.
If you would like to be the next sports editor of The Highland Cavalier, stop by our office on the third floor of the Slemp Student Center and pick up an application outside our door.