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Between The Posts

Official Blog Page of the Mississippi RiverKings Interns

Between The Posts is a blog aimed at informing prospective sports industry interns of the opportunities presented to young people in the sports industry. In addition to profiling internship related material, Between The Posts also acts as a snapshot of the day to day interactions that the RiverKings interns face.

This blog will profile various Interns in the Mississippi RiverKings front office, detailing their responsibilities, but also their interests, and their excursions into the Mid-South region. In addition to providing internship related information, Between The Posts also seeks to help sports industry interns gain a better understanding of the industry in which they work, and ultimately hope to build their career. For regular visual updates to what the interns are doing, follow us on Twitter, @RKInterns!

A Little Bit About Us

RiverKings interns hail from a diverse background, boasting many different skill sets and academic fields.

Jake Powell

Jake is a current masters candidate at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Jake received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama in December of 2012, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration at CBU.  He will Graduate in May of 2016.

Andrew Kiepe

Andrew is a Junior at the University of Memphis, studying Sport and Leisure Management.  Andrew is slated to graduate in May of 2017.

Austin Brown

Austin is a junior at Florida State University, studying Sports Management.  He plans to graduate in 2017, and is looking to pursue his J.D. after he receives his bachelor's degree.

Donnie Shea

Donnie is a senior at the University of Memphis, studying Sports Management.  Donnie intends to graduate with his Bachelor's degree in may of 2016. In his free time, Donnie coaches high school football for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN.

Prospective Interns

RiverKings hockey is always looking for prospective interns. Detailed information regarding the responsibilities and roles of the interns are listed on the Internships page at riverkings.com. Those looking for a snapshot look into what the interns do on a daily basis can follow us on twitter, with the account @RKInterns. Here, you can see the various opportunities and excursions afforded to the interns.

Be like Dean

Jake Powell

Every kid who grew up playing hockey fantasized about one day playing in the NHL, even if it was for that one fleeting moment. For many of us though, the goal of playing professional sports just wasn’t realistic, for whatever reason. But, that’s where I drew the line. I joke to myself that just because I can’t play pro hockey doesn’t mean I can’t make a career out of it.

Since August, that’s been the plan. I’ve been with the RiverKings organization going on seven months now and it feels like there’s no end in sight. Mind you, that’s a great feeling, knowing that what you do every day is something that you genuinely enjoy, something that you already talk about with friends, even for fun. When I accepted this internship, I was anointed with the title of “Customer Service Intern,” which is a rather broad title in and of itself. But it was last month that I was given a shot to do something that I never thought I’d be able to do.

In early January, I took over as the “Media Relations Intern,” a job title more reflective of the work that I was now doing within the organization. I went from email lists and schedule deliveries to writing press releases, writing feature stories for the team, managing media content like game photos, and live tweeting games from our social media platforms. 

Needless to say, things had changed. When David approached me about taking on these roles, he quipped about putting me in a broadcasting role. At the time, I couldn’t discern how serious he was, but looking back, things worked out precisely how I wanted them to. 

I fired back “Dave, you aren’t going to have me broadcasting games, are you?”  

His response: “Not at first…”. 

It was that drawn out form of suspense that pushed me to ask, “Am I going to be the next Dean Brown?” 

Dave’s idiosyncratic sense of humor is sometimes lost on me though, because “Rick Jeanneret“ was not the response I was hoping for (for those who are lost here, look up some of Jeanneret's clips on YouTube). 

A dedicated Ottawa Senators fan, I grew up watching the Sens on TV, watching hockey night in Canada, and listening to Dean Brown call the games on TEAM1200.  Dean’s voice is the most recognizable to me, and I gained quite a bit of respect for his abilities to call a fair game and give credit where credit was due, even if it wasn’t Ottawa putting one in the net. To think that I now have the opportunity to learn this skill still has my head spinning. I’m literally spending my days in the office doing what I would normally do for fun, talking about hockey, and mining for statistics.

I got my first play calling in on January 29 against the Macon Mayhem. I learned the other team’s players names quickly, taking over from Dave in the second half of the second period. By the end of the period, things were at least going better than when I started. The next night, I got my first three goal calls. I’ll never forget the feed from Donald Olivieri to Bret Peppler. It came so quickly that I wasn’t sure what to do, but I like to think I made up for that with Hosmer’s breakaway goal at the end of the period.

When I took off the head set, I had texts from my dad, who was listening at home.  He joked that I should just be like Dean.

My father is often exasperated by my ability to spout stats.  I guess now, I finally have a reason to talk someone’s ear off about these numbers.

Photo Credit: ©Austin M. Brown

About Jake

Jake Powell has been with the RiverKings since August of 2015, and is slated to receive his MBA in May from Christian Brother's University.  Check out his profile on our front office page via the link above.

Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 1:12 PM

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MAC x-Macon 56 33 16 7 73
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HUN x-Huntsville 56 30 16 10 70
KNX x-Knoxville 56 30 20 6 66
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