Recent alumnus Timothy Best '18 is familiar with the sounds of sneakers squeaking on waxed flooring, the cheers of "Let's Go Pirates!" and the occasional nail-biting closers of the Seton Hall University Men's Basketball games. He attended nearly every game – a true testament to his passion and love for sports.
Today, this College of Communication and the Arts alum has taken the first steps to turn his passion into his calling. Best, a Journalism major and Communication minor, recently joined Hamilton College as a play-by-play sports broadcaster, a position that utilizes the experiential education he gained in the classroom, the television studio and the broadcast booth.
"When I heard the Northeast Sports Network's call for sports broadcasters, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to take the first step of my career post-graduation," said Best. "From my first broadcast, I knew I was in the perfect place to start right out of college. I'm reporting for a nationally ranked Division III team, gaining exposure and industry experience."
Currently, Best is focused on Hamilton College's nationally ranked field hockey team, part of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). His days typically involve researching opponents, identifying key players and understanding the coaches to produce a well-rounded, informative broadcast that tells a story.
"Story-telling is critical in journalism, and my coursework gave me the tools and techniques needed to create and share a focused, compelling narrative with the audience. My experience as a reporter for WSOU 89.5 FM and a sports anchor for Pirate TV honed and refined my skills, preparing me for the ventures ahead," said Best.
Best (right) conducting a Seton Hall Women's Basketball broadcast, November 2016 at Marist College, NY.
Best credits both members of the College's Professional-in-Residence program, including B.J. Schecter, and faculty in the Journalism program for exposing him to the fundamentals of journalism and writing through courses like Sports Reporting and Magazine Writing. "Learning directly from professionals in the field combined with my in-studio and broadcast experience sharpened the raw skills I had, transforming me into a journalist that is 100 percent ready," noted Best. "With all of the College's offerings, I figured out what I wanted to do by exploring different areas like radio, television and traditional writing. I found my strengths and weaknesses, and I’m ready to move toward my future."
Looking ahead, Best ultimately hopes to work for a Major League Baseball team as a broadcaster or public address announcer. In line with this goal, Best will attend the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, N.V. where he will network, attend workshops, and learn about industry trends and best practices.