ESPN Director Produced BU-Duke Game
By Abby Rhodes
Bradley fans around the world tuned into ESPN2 last December to watch the Braves take on #1-ranked Duke, but few realized one of Bradley’s own was responsible for making sure the event got on the air. From the ESPN production truck outside Cameron Indoor Stadium, JOE McCOY ’95 ensured a seamless broadcast, coordinating production between North Carolina and ESPN headquarters in Connecticut, all while rooting for his alma mater.
Even with a resume boasting an Emmy and historic sports events produced around the country, the Bradley-Duke game was a dream assignment for McCoy, an ESPN graphics and playback producer.
“I would have done anything on the crew to work this game,” said McCoy, who honed his broadcast production skills at Bradley and credits his break into the business to a referral by Dr. Bob Jacobs, professor of communication.
A Long Island native with dreams of becoming a sportscaster, McCoy figured a few years in the Midwest would help him drop his thick New York accent. He enrolled in the radio/TV program and joined the Bradley baseball team. From the field and the dugout, McCoy learned about the game. Inside Bradley’s classrooms and WTVP studios, he learned how to bring the game to millions.
“Because I was used sparingly as a pinch runner and late-inning defensive replacement, I watched a lot of baseball and learned the game’s nuances, which has helped me add to the baseball telecasts I’m involved in [for ESPN],” said McCoy, who has produced more than 50 events for ESPN.
Acknowledging his path to producer was a challenge, rife with long hours and tedious tasks, McCoy says Bradley’s new sports communication program will give students a leg up in a competitive industry. With practical experience from Bradley, new graduates may be able to climb the professional ladder more quickly.
“Most of television production is ‘trial by fire’ and on-the-job training. Students will be able to learn what they like and don’t like in a controlled environment and find a path that suits the direction they want to take in their career,” said McCoy, who has dabbled in nearly all aspects of sports production.
These days, McCoy, who lives in Torrington, Connecticut, with his wife Heather and two children, spends more than four months a year on the road covering college basketball and baseball games. Although he admits the schedule is difficult for a family, it’s an experience he’s been working his whole life to achieve.
“It’s exactly where I want to be,” said McCoy.
By Sarah Hallstein '12
Despite setbacks in their starting lineup for most of the season, including preseason All-MVC picks TAYLOR BROWN ’12 and SAM MANISCALCO ’11, the Braves fought hard to stay afloat in the conference. Bradley won against Drake, 90-64, on February 26 in the final home game of the season. ANDREW WARREN ’11 became the first player in the nation this season to score 30 points, have 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals in one game. The Braves ended MVC tournament play with a 70-56 loss to Wichita State on March 4.
The team ended MVC tournament play on March 11 with an 87-57 loss to Northern Iowa. The Braves were 15-16 overall for the season. On March 5, senior guard RAISA TAYLOR ’11 scored 29 points to help secure a 77-69 win over Indiana State. Her 16 free throws on 21 attempts broke a school record. Fourteen of the free throws were made in the final 6:13 minutes of the game. Taylor holds Bradley's career record for free throws made (348) and attempted (520).
Women’s Indoor Track
MARY GOLDKAMP ’11 broke her own school record in the mile by almost 4 seconds with a time of 4:43.70 and took seventh place at the Alex Wilson Invitational at the University of Notre Dame on March 5. Her time is among the top 40 in the nation.
The team traveled to Troy, Ala., for the second tournament of the season, where it went 3-1 and took the tournament title. JULIE SHERMAN ’12 and KATE SINGLER ’11 earned all tournament honors.
The Braves went 2-2 during their season-opening trip to Nashville, Tenn., beating Dayton in the first game of the tournament. ROB ELLIOTT ’12 hit his first two home runs of the season in a three-hit game against Lipscomb two days later.
The team traveled to Lakeland, Fla., for its first spring tournament, taking fourth place of 15 teams at
the Lady Moc Classic. BREANNE NEUFELD ’11 finished fourth individually with a one-over-par total.
For its first spring invitational, the team competed in the Snowman Getaway in Chandler, Ariz. COBY THOMPSON ’11 completed the final day of the tournament with a season-low, one-over-par 73.
The Braves defeated Valparaiso 5-2 in the opening home match, with NICOLE MILLER ’11 winning in the #1 singles spot.
The Braves defeated Saint Louis University 7-0 on February 18 for their fifth consecutive win of the spring with an overall record of 6-2, with ERIC NGUYEN ’13 completing his second consecutive win at the #1 singles spot.