By Tessa Kielbasa
Growing up in Scotch Plaines, NJ, Rob Coloney had always loved sports. He would watch games and mute them to talk over the announcers so he could practice.
This passion for sports led to his job as a sports broadcaster for the New York Yankees while pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Communications and Media Studies.
He started his job with the baseball team after his freshman year of college when they hired him as an intern, which eventually led to a full time position.
“It was fun and exciting, but not the fun and exciting thing I was after. I was after making a difference,” said Coloney.
In 2012, Coloney left full time and came back to Sacred Heart to work in financial aid and to get his MBA.
“I left because it was not fulfilling. It was not all about me and it was all about them. I was not doing something on this planet that I could be happy with,” said Coloney.
Currently, Coloney is the Director of Career Placement for the Jack Welch College of Business as well as a professor in the School of Communications and Media Arts.
Coloney helps students with their resumes as well as finding internships and full time jobs.
“An employer will look at a resume for 30 seconds and decide if they want to keep looking at it. So, make sure your dates and everything are consistent,” said Coloney.
As a professor he teaches Intro to Production and Sports Broadcasting.
“I get to work with students everyday whether it is in the office or in the classroom. Sometimes I let the students come and just talk, I feel like a psychiatrist sometimes,” said Coloney.
Although he is no longer with the Yankees, he still continues his passion for sports by working with Sacred Heart Athletic Communications by doing play-by-play and public address announcing.
Coloney is also a Varsity girls’ basketball coach at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn. He started his coaching job there as an assistant coach in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. He has been the head coach for the past two years.
“I coach life and if we learn some basketball, great. Hopefully, we can win a few more games along the way,” said Coloney
He got involved with coaching when he was a senior in high school by coaching his sisters fifth grade team.
During his sophomore year at Sacred Heart he reached out to some local towns and found a youth team that needed help and eventually a high school job opened up.
“On the high school level you get to work with students as they are figuring out where they are going to go. If I can have positive impact on one person in a bunch of different areas of my life then I am doing what I need to do in this world,” said Coloney.