Rich Behan, Keith Egan and Joe Binder, all part of the Pirate Sports Network staff, are working on a 10-part video series on student-athletes.
Photo credit: GR Productions
This summer, members of the Pirate Sports Network (PSN) embarked on an ambitious project: create a video series that focuses on the personal journey of talented Seton Hall student-athletes.
To make this project a reality, Tom Chen, associate director of athletics for digital media and communications, approached three students who work at the PSN: Joseph Binder and Keith Egan, both junior Visual and Sound Media majors in the College of Communication and the Arts, and Richard Behan, a junior Sport Management and Marketing major in the Stillman School of Business.
While all three students have worked at PSN since they were freshmen, "we were anxious to become more involved and wanted to bring a new show to the table," explained Keith.
"We had talked about expanding coverage of the student-athletes," added Rich, "and we felt that this was the best way to tell their stories." This discussion led to the creation of a 10-part video series called "A Pirate's Life."
Having limited to no video experience coming into Seton Hall, working at the PSN gave the students valuable television, live production and broadcasting skills — right away. "I was able to gain experience behind the scenes and on-camera in my first semester," said Keith. "Being able to start early like that makes pieces like ‘A Pirate's Life' possible."
"I joined the Pirate Sports Network to become more involved within the Seton Hall athletic community," said Rich, who found that he can combine his love of both sports and broadcasting. Plus, as a student in the business school, "working with the PSN also expands my resume to also having proficiency in communication as well."
Women's Soccer player Taylor Cutcliff was the focus of the premiere video of "A Pirate's Life."
In the premiere video of the series, women's soccer senior Taylor Cutcliff revealed how she became involved with community service after receiving a serious health diagnosis. Now, she stands out on and off the soccer field, continuing her involvement with volunteerism through Habitat for Humanity. The team's latest video focuses on men's cross-country junior Ryan McNeilly, who walked on to the Division I team after he proved to Coach Moon his dedication as an athlete.
Each video took about four weeks to complete, and the video team had to learn to juggle time spent on this project with their course loads, internships and personal commitments. They were able to "share the stories of student-athletes that people would not know about otherwise and do so in an interesting way," said Joe.
The video project will last their entire junior year, but they don't seem daunted by this large task. "It's very cool to have a sports series with the possibilities this one has," said Keith. "We have a lot of different ideas and a lot of episodes to make." Keith hopes to make each video unique, learning throughout the process, and grow as a video producer — his dream job.
Joe would also like to eventually work in video production for a sports team or network. "I have always loved sports so being able to mix that with television production after college would be great." Rich's ambition is to host a daily radio show on WFAN, New York's sports talk radio station. "Yes, I know that doesn't necessarily line up with my major, but it is something that I have a passion for!"
And it's this passion that will carry the team through the next eight episodes — and beyond. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for the newest video in this series, which will profile men's soccer players (and twin brothers) Corey and Spencer Burkhardt. Watch the video at www.shupirates.com.