Caldwell knows exactly what it means to work up a professional ladder. As a
member of game day operations and live programming and entertainment with the
NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, Caldwell says he “never would have gotten
the interview at the Pelicans had I not been willing to accept part-time work
in my field and build my résumé.” Originally from Marstons Mills, Mass.,
Caldwell’s now coordinating time out and half time entertainment for all
Pelicans games, and organizing pre-game, game-time and post-game events – and
What it like
working with a professional sports team?
been my goal. I love the excitement and the fast-paced environment. I'm
close to all the action, and the atmosphere and energy are incredible. Every
day offers new and different challenges. I love needing to be on top of my game
you pursue and land this job?
I had been
working part time in stadium operations at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough,
Mass., and doing some freelance sports announcing for Braintree Community
Access Media. New Orleans was a great opportunity to live outside of
New England and experience working in a completely different
environment. I applied for the position along with more than 850
applicants and was selected for one of six positions.
viewers and game goers, it’s all about entertainment. As a professional, what
are you gaining from this experience?
game operations has exposed me to the varied facets of a professional sports
franchise's game day operations. I am learning valuable skills and
knowledge, and I’m gaining a relevant and meaningful experience. My education
from Saint Joseph’s provided me with a working knowledge of sports management
from an operational perspective. It gave me the skills, competence
and confidence that are needed to be successful in professional sports.
you learned from your job that you didn’t know before?
much preparation, effort and detail go into putting on an
NBA game. Every department works collaboratively and is always
in communication. I've also had experience with sports marketing,
grassroots marketing, event planning and facilities management. Networking,
effective communication, collaboration and attention to detail are all skills
that were major areas of focus in the sports management program at Saint
Joseph’s. In addition to what I've learned in the classroom, the internships
were an extremely valuable part of my education.
would you give current students?
faithful and stay patient! I strongly recommend taking advantage of internship
opportunities, and never stop making connections and building relationships.
Once your foot is in the door, always be willing to go the extra mile and
maximize every opportunity. No opportunity in your field is too small. For
example, I never would have gotten the interview at the Pelicans had
I not been willing to accept part-time work in my field and build my résumé.