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Follow-up on Eddie Coughlan

Posted by David Safin on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 @ 09:07 AM
In April, I wrote a blog about Eddie Coughlan of the Baltimore Ravens, who came and spoke to a group my Communication students. 

His visit was the subject of a feature in our most recent magazine.

The following is posted with permission of the editor of our magazine and was written by Simon Stuchlik.

Saint Vincent College may be known as the summer home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it also set the groundwork for a member of one of the Steelers’ fiercest rivals. Eddie Coughlan, C 08, spent four years learning and refining his video capabilities as a student at Saint Vincent before joining the Baltimore Ravens as a production coordinator after his senior year. On April 12, he was back on campus to talk to David Safin’s Field Production video class about his path to being on the sidelines during Baltimore’s Super Bowl win this February.

Coughlan, who was offered the job upon completing an internship with the Ravens, stressed that it takes hard work and dedication to excel in a career in video. “You have to love what you do,” he told the students. “In this field, only people that want to make themselves better at all times and constantly look to gain experience can truly shine.” Two Emmy awards from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, won for features he produced for the Ravens’ broadcasting department RaveTV, reveal his dedication.

But beyond the determination to get better, Coughlan acknowledged that his college experience laid an important foundation for his success. He credits two people in particular. “Dave Safin gave me the tools and vision to do what I do,” he said, “while (sports information director) Jeff Zidek gave me the opportunity to execute them.” Working as a student for Zidek allowed him to gain experience in videotaping sports games, which he calls “invaluable” for excelling in his career.

Emmy Award Winner

Coughlan’s work, which consists of seven-day work weeks with 12-14 hour days during the NFL season, is not always glamorous, but the rewards are fulfilling. Responsible for shooting sideline footage during games and a member of the broadcast team that produces, shoots and edits five TV shows per week, Coughlan interacts with players and coaches on a regular basis. He travels all over the country. And in June, he will receive a Super Bowl ring with his name on it.

(Bloggers note: He got his ring. I saw a photo, and it was impressive. Eddie also visited the White House.)

Telling Ravens stories to a roomful of Steelers fans may be a difficult task, but the students walked away with a deeper understanding of how classes and internships contribute to a successful career. “It was great to get a perspective about where to go in life after college and how to get there,” Eric Arbore, a senior multimedia student, said. “It really made me hopeful for my personal future."

See what else was in the magazine by clicking below.

Topics: communication, digital media, broadcasting, filmmaking, degrees in communication, communication degrees

About the Authors

Michelle Gil-Montero is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Saint Vincent College. She runs the visiting writers series on campus, oversees the student literary magazine, and serves as guru to aspiring poets on campus. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2007, and she has been on the Saint Vincent faculty since that year. She is an active poet and literary translator from Spanish. She is spending part of the 2016-17 school year travelling to Argentina on a Howard Foundation fellowship and Fulbright grant. 

Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January 2008. Dr. Smetanka has taught courses in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Geology as well as interdisciplinary seminars. He has published scientific research articles in physics and astrophysics journals, numerous conference proceedings and also works in science education reform and the interaction between science, technology and theology.

Jim Kellam is an associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and our resident ornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and is taking this semester as a sabbatical. What does that mean? He'll explain in his blog posts.

Dr. Michael J. Urick is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Dr. Urick teaches courses related to organizational behavior, human resources, culture, leadership, diversity, conflict, supply chain, operations and research methods. Professionally, Urick serves on the board of the Institute for Supply Management (Pittsburgh) and belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS. For fun, Urick enjoys music and, since 1998, has led and performed with Neon Swing X-perience, a jazz band that has released multiple albums and toured portions of the US. He enjoys watching movies, is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and also likes to fence.

David Safin, C'00, has been a lecturer in the communication department since the Fall of 2003, and has served in a variety of administrative roles since the summer of 2004. Currently, he teaches multimedia in the communication department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Michael Krom received his Doctorate in philosophy at Emory University in 2007 and is currently the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Vincent. He has authored a book on religion and politics and continues to publish works in Catholic moral and political thought. Dr. Krom also directs the Faith and Reason summer program every summer. 

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