Alumni Profile: Working for The Big East
Dan White went from grinding coffee beans to working for the Big East in just a few years.
White, a University of Louisville sports administration graduate, and now a communications assistant with the Big East, worked at Java Brewing Company, United Parcel Service and as a substitute teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools. When he wasn’t working, he was either in class or interning with the U of L’s Sports Information department, among other activities. His day typically started at 5:30 a.m. and lasted until late in the evening.
“One funny part was teaching in the elementary schools around Louisville,” White said. “The kids always wanted to know all about me and I told them I worked for the Louisville Cardinals. I got my Jonas Brothers moment when all 30 of them would come running up to me with crayons and drawing paper for me to autograph. ?It was like I
was David Padgett to them, being 5’10 to their 4’2.”
Although White has been involved throughout his college career, what he considers to be one of the most important was his internship with U of L.
“I told them I’d do anything, even put out chairs for press conferences”, White said. “And that’s exactly what my first duty was: putting out chairs for Coach [Rick] Pitino’s press conference.”
White’s internship was much harder than just putting out chairs. For almost three years, he did everything from videotaping press conferences and calling baseball and softball games to writing game reviews and features for the U of L athletics website and media guides.
“While I was working for U of L, no matter what the task was, it was just an awesome feeling to be a part of the athletic department,” White said. “It was my version of a basketball scholarship.”
White’s hard work at U of L never went unnoticed.
“Dan is a hard worker who was always dependable and willing to work the long hours SIDs have to put in,” Lori Korte, assistant sports information director, said. “You have to wear a lot of hats in our job and Dan was always willing to try to do whatever we asked of him; whether it was doing internet radio, stories for the program, post game stories or coaches quotes.”
Currently, White is the primary contact for volleyball, cross-country, softball, tennis and swimming and diving for the Big East conference. ?He also assists with football and men’s basketball. He is a liaison between the conference and its member schools to ensure the media, fans, and general public get accurate and timely information on happenings in each sport. He also designs, writes and edits the various media guides and season previews that his office produces for use by TV and print outlets.
“I’m very excited for Dan and I think this will be a great experience for him,” Garett Wall, assistant sports information director, said. “The Big East Conference is one of the top conferences in the nation, so for him to earn a position with that league is a great compliment to him and the hard work he put in here in Louisville over the last couple of years.”
White is enjoying his new position.
“The best thing about working for the Big East is the amount of people I’ve been able to meet in the business through working with all 16 schools,” White said. “Success in any field comes down to building relationships while working hard at your craft, and here I’ll get plenty of opportunities for both.”
As for the future, White isn’t sure where he’ll end up. HIS ultimate goal is to return to Louisville to help future interns at the school and promote Cardinal athletics.
“First I wasn’t sure if I’d be an intern at Louisville, then I found myself sitting courtside, taking game notes, at Freedom Hall,” White said. “Then I was nervous I wouldn’t find a job after graduation, and I found a hand
written note from Big East commissioner Michael Tranghese welcoming me to the staff in my mailbox in Lawrenceburg, Ky. It’s all been like a dream, and to try to predict my future would be impossible.”
To keep up with White’s experiences in Rhode Island, check out his blog at priceiswhite.blogspot.com.