(April 16, 2019) The city of Wilmington, NC has been on the mind of Robert Ambrose lately. An STAA post regarding a job with UNC Wilmington left Ambrose curious about the city. That’s when he discovered the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League.
“I researched the city of Wilmington and noticed a college summer team (the Sharks) so I decided to reach out and inquire about broadcasting for them. One thing led to another after that.
“This is also the first opportunity I’ve had in college summer baseball or affiliated baseball that isn’t an internship in which you would have to find another opportunity at the end of the season.”
Ambrose’s baseball experience includes being the Director of Broadcasting for the North Adams SteepleCats and Internet sportscasting for CLU TV. His ultimate goal is to be a lead broadcaster in affiliated ball.
The Sharks opportunity allows Ambrose to continue calling basketball and volleyball for Augusta University in Georgia. “This opportunity with the Sharks allows me to be involved in broadcasting year-round.”
The Sharks are one of the original teams from when the Coastal Plain League was founded in 1997. “It’s a sign of hard work and dedication by the Sharks staff,” Ambrose says. “I mentioned it in the first paragraph of my initial cover letter.”
Finding his new job wasn’t an accident for the California Lutheran University graduate. Ambrose was proactive and aggressive in securing the opportunity in North Carolina.
“I think it’s important to be proactive and reach out to as many teams as possible,” he says. “I casted a wide net by reaching out to college summer league teams in addition to teams affiliated baseball.”
So what did he take away from his experience?
“The wider the net you cast, the lower the likelihood for summertime unemployment.” Ambrose points out. “I experienced that last summer and it was no fun. There are many teams that do not publish job openings, especially summer league teams. Do not wait for a job opening to be published before making your first move.”
Ambrose echoed what a wise man once said, “If you snooze, you lose.”
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