Earlier this summer I was asked by Mike Green, our director of athletics communications, to move over to the men’s basketball beat. I’ve covered the women’s basketball beat for three years after serving five years with volleyball and softball.
As far as professional development goes, the switch was a no-brainer, but from a personal standpoint it was a move made with mixed emotions. The mixed emotions have nothing to do with the men’s program. Over the years you become close to the coaches and players you work with. During the regular season, I’d venture to guess we see our teams at least five days a week. They become your second family. It is one of my favorite parts of the job.
The women’s basketball program at Iowa State is special. If you’ve been around long enough you’ve likely heard Coach Fennelly talk about the “Iowa State Way.” That really shouldn’t even have quotation marks around it because that insinuates somehow the Iowa State Way isn’t a real thing. It is very real.
If I only had a dollar for every time someone commented on how polite the team was while we were on the road, I’d be a much wealthier man. It made a communications guy feel very proud to be associated with them and is truly a credit to the people on that coaching staff and the members of the team. That’s the Iowa State Way.
They don the Cardinal & Gold with great pride and do it in a first-class fashion every day. Be proud, Cyclone Nation.
Do me a favor and watch the video below if you haven’t already. It is the postgame locker room speech from Coach Fennelly. It is awesome. I’m glad it is something he allowed Tyler Rutherford of Cyclones.TV to capture.
With all that said, I am very much looking forward to my new endeavor with the men’s team. It is clear that Coach Hoiberg is building something special. Hopefully I can give you a unique look inside the program.
I’m also very excited for what our office has planned for the future of Cyclones.com, with this blog being one of them. We hope to engage you, the fans of Cyclone Nation, using this blog, our website and social media. Make sure you give us a follow on all platforms and take part in our game day blogs. Let us know what you are thinking!