Medina Journal-Register — I remember the very first thing I did as J-R sports editor, on my first day of work back in late August.
Former sports editor Mike Wertman graciously left contact information for area high school coaches, so I quickly went about calling coaches to introduce myself and arrange meetings to discuss the upcoming season.
The first coach I called was Medina volleyball coach Tim Lincoln, and although he was friendly on the phone, he seemed confused as to who I was, and why I was calling. Wertman had already attended practice and taken a team photo for a season preview, for another media outlet. And as Wertman had been J-R sports editor for 35 years, Lincoln couldn’t believe that there was another reporter with the intention of covering his team.
But once things were cleared up and Lincoln realized that I would indeed now be covering N-O sports for the paper, it was smooth sailing. Every coach was more than welcoming toward me (including the affable Lincoln, of course), and I have had a great time covering sports in Medina, Albion, Middleport, Barker and so on.
Now, I am sadly announcing my departure from the J-R. I have been offered an opportunity to work as a junior editor at Golf Digest and Golf World magazines in Wilton, CT — golf publications with worldwide circulation — and as an avid golf enthusiast, it is an offer I cannot refuse. I will be packing for the next few days, driving down to Connecticut on Thursday and starting my new job at 8:30 Friday morning.
Although I am excited to start at Golf Digest/Golf World, I depart with a very mixed bag of emotions. Everyone in the Niagara-Orleans region has been so friendly and welcoming to me over the last few months, and I have been lucky to develop relationships that I will miss. I am an outsider to some degree — I was born and raised in Orchard Park — but you would never know it from the way I have been treated. To everyone I have been lucky enough to interact with during my time here (besides, perhaps, a certain boys soccer coach from Akron), I offer a great big thanks.