SHU Announces New Masters Program in Sports Communication & Media

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The new master’s degree in Sports Communication and Media (SCM) at Sacred Heart University held its first annual advisory board meeting Saturday evening in the Pitt Center Sky Box on the campus of Sacred Heart University.

The SCM advisory board is comprised of a number of sports media professionals from top sports media outlets in Connecticut and New York City.  In addition to offering professional insight on the new program curriculum, SCM advisory board members will also support the graduate program by providing specialized sports media workshops along with internship and job opportunities.

Among the advisory board members who attended the inaugural meeting were Heather Croteau, Producer/Editor of On-Air promotions at NBC Sports; Dario Melendez Studio Anchor at ESPN; Andrew Oshan, Writer/Producer at Sports Illustrated; Bill Pidto, Studio Host at MSG Networks; and Don Cook, Former Executive Director of Athletics at Sacred Heart University. 

Also in attendance were associated faculty, Bill Peterson, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Rob Coloney, producer of in-game video for the New York Yankees. The core faculty of the new program including the program director, Dr. Andrew Miller, who worked in Los Angeles in film and production; Brian Thorne, who works with the Golf Channel, NFL Films and Major League Baseball; and Paul Pabst, executive producer of DirecTV’s The Dan Patrick Show; and Dr. Lori Bindig were also present.

The new master’s degree in Sports Communication and Media is slated to launch in the fall of 2014. The degree will prepare students for careers in sports broadcasting and athletic communication and promotions.
From left to right: Paul Pabst, Dr. Andrew Miller, Heather Croteau, Dr. Lor Bindig, Dario Melendez, Brian Thorne and Bill Pidto

From left to right: Paul Pabst, Dr. Andrew Miller, Heather Croteau, Dr. Lor Bindig, Dario Melendez, Brian Thorne and Bill Pidto

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About Sports Communication and Media
The master’s degree in Sports Communication and Media (SCM) consists of 36 credits that can be earned in as little as one year by full-time students and two years by part-time students. The program consists of two concentrations, sports broadcasting and athletic communication and promotions.  SCM pairs traditional classroom experiences with hands-on learning and professional experiences, including internships with Sacred Heart University’s Division I sports teams and nearby sports media outlets.