(January 29, 2019) Noah Cloonan’s goal upon graduating from Ashland University in December was to have a job in baseball by March.
Cloonan is joining the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as media relations and broadcasting assistant.
“I first heard about the Pelicans job in an email from STAA. I applied immediately,” Cloonan grins.
This will be Cloonan’s third year calling baseball. He spent the past two summers broadcasting summer collegiate ball.
“I think working in summer collegiate baseball really helped me in getting [the Pelicans] job,” Cloonan says. “I spent a summer in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate league [with the Loraine County IronMen] and a summer with the Bellingham Bells in the West Coast League. Those not only gave me great experiences and a chance to get reps but it also allowed me to make a lot of useful contacts.”
Cloonan joined STAA last October for two reasons. “I wanted to be able to get leads on jobs while also growing as a sports broadcaster at the same time,” he recalls. “My only hesitation [about joining STAA] would have been the price but when I weigh that with what it has given me it is 100% worth it.”
Landing his first job was difficult and nerve-wracking for Cloonan. “Talking to other broadcasters in my shoes helped me overcame that. It is great to share tips and experiences with one another and I think that really helped me.”
Cloonan’s advice for anyone joining STAA is simple. “Soak up all of the resources that are provided. Reach out to Jon [Chelesnik] and other members and grow as much as you can!”
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