Coaches Corner (CC) provides experiences for seasoned students focused on sports broadcasting to work with first-year students to create a weekly television sports magazine.
Amanda Sloan, Taran Sifontes-Lavine & Tiffany Jackson serve in front of the camera while Dr. Barner’s new students take command behind the scenes. This is the first time Barner’s first-year class has taken part in the show.
“I decided to try my first-year class as the TV crew for the show to give them real world experience,” Barner said. “The hosts, directors and producers are upperclass students, but the crew is from BC 101.”
Those sophomores, juniors and seniors also serve as mentors for the newcomers. CC started in the 1980s and featured featured Westminster Hall of Fame Coach Joe Fusco.
The sports magazine show brings students in from the field and live remote broadcasts to the newly renovated television studio. Coaches Corner makes its home in the new Studio One, part of the updated broadcast operations at Westminster College.
“Broadcast & Digital Communications is a hands on major,” Barner stressed. “We want you to learn by doing under real world conditions and deadlines and CC is perfect as we record the show live in the studio.”
Tiffany Jackson is CC’s 2nd female host of the show. Terese Marszalek became the first woman to host the show (2007-2008). She had a personal connection with sports as she was a star on the Women’s basketball team. Tiffany is part of the Titan volleyball squad while also having a strong background in swimming and other athletics.