(October 12, 2017) Sometimes when an employer says they’ll keep you resume on file, they actually do. That’s what happened to STAA member Ari Ross. Now he’s a play-by-play broadcaster and assistant sports information director for Monroe College in New York.
“My official title is Assistant SID, and I’ll be the No. 1 media contact for their Bronx teams and the No. 2 for the New Rochelle teams, where I’ll also be doing a lot of the broadcasting on their live streams,” says Ross.
The opportunity arose after Ross unsuccessfully applied for a different job at Monroe in February. He explains, “Fast forward to August and I get an email from the Sports Information Director about an Assistant SID position with the college. The SID had found my resume from the previous job posting and contacted me.”
In addition to his office duties, Ross will be getting a ton of air-time. “I will be doing play-by-play for Monroe Mustangs football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball.”
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Though Ross only recently graduated from Northwestern, he’s already built an impressive resume. He spent this summer broadcasting baseball for the Sioux Falls Canaries. He’s also called games for the Battle Creek Bombers, done play-by-play for various sports at Northwestern, written for newspapers, shot and edited video and produced Internet content.
The decision to leave minor league baseball for Monroe College was one that Ross considered carefully. “After two summers of working for independent teams in the Northwoods League and the American Association, I was interested in not only finding something more stable but also something in a larger city. When the opportunity came up at Monroe College in New York City, it immediately piqued my interest.”
The chance to broadcast a variety of sports isn’t the only benefit Ross sees in his relocation. “There are so many other opportunities, whether it be networking or freelance, that’ll I’ll be able to take advantage of in New York.”
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