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WCC Takes an Inside Look at the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships through Students' Lenses

March 17, 2009

San Bruno, Calif. - For the 2009 WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, the West Coast Conference recruited one student from each of its eight institutions to become part of the WCCTV 360 student media crew.

The eight students were: Steven Sandberg (Gonzaga University), Manny Nunez (Loyola Marymount University), Calif Trinh (Pepperdine University), Jeff Trousdale (University of Portland), Bryan Navarro (Saint Mary's College), Enrique Lopez (University of San Diego), Chris Begley (University of San Francisco) and Stephen Hobbs (Santa Clara University). The crew was led by GUTV's Dan Garrity and Phil Taylor.

"I would like to thank our WCCTV 360 student media crew for their remarkable efforts at our West Coast conference basketball championships. This group of eight students can take great pride in this innovative effort which offered a unique new perspective for our fans," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "But more importantly, these students were provided an invaluable learning experience and made connections that spanned across our entire conference, and that is what the WCC is all about."

Coming from different ranges of experiences and backgrounds, the eight students flew in to Las Vegas to work together and collectively cover all men's and women's games of the 2009 WCC Basketball Championships and produce four conference wide features. The result: 14 sports packages, five conference features, one team that surpassed all institutional rivalries, and an irreplaceable experience for eight students that first came as strangers and now have created new and lasting friendships.

WCCTV 360 was the brainchild of West Coast Conference Director of Communications Jae Wilson. Wilson envisioned WCCTV 360 as a way for the conference to cover the tournament in ways it has never been covered before. Not only would these students provide increased footage but also an "insider's look" at the tournament teams that only students from the WCC's schools could provide. In addition, forming a WCCTV 360 student crew not only would enable the conference to better connect with its respective institutions, but also would serve as a remarkable opportunity for the eight students to truly learn through first-hand experience and mentorship at an NCAA Division I Tournament in a high-profile sport.

With the work of the WCCTV 360 team, the WCC website now contains original content made by students of its own schools, which allows fans the ability to relive the 2009 WCC Championships in a unique and personal way.

The students also created video stories that featured the WCC's inaugural Hall of Honor, the WCC's Soles4Souls Shoe Drive, the "Aussie Invasion," and a "Common Thread" feature that illustrates what brings the West Coast Conference together.

These features will be shown through the WCC's new All-Access Video Player on the WCC's official website, wccsports.com, along with the students' sports packages from the tournament. All videos can also be found on the WCC's YouTube site.

Below is a little more about our 2009 WCCTV 360 student media crew:

Steven Sandberg, Gonzaga University
Steven Sandberg is a senior, majoring in broadcasting and journalism. During his four years at GUTV (Gonzaga University Television), he has been the play-by-play announcer and color commentator for Gonzaga men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball, and has covered Gonzaga soccer, hockey, volleyball and tennis as a GUTV sports reporter. He also served as Editor-In-Chief and Sports Editor for The Gonzaga Bulletin student newspaper, and was the paper's sports columnist for three years.

In addition, Sandberg served as the play-by-play announcer for FSN for the coverage of the "Border Clash" basketball game between Spokane Community College and North Idaho College. In 2008, he was the radio voice for the Spokane RiverHawks collegiate summer league baseball team. He has also done play-by-play for Comcast High School football OnDemand, and his sports packages have been featured on FSN, KHQ (Spokane), SWX (Spokane), GUTV and Comcast OnDemand.

Manny Nunez, Loyola Marymount University
Manny Nunez is a senior, majoring in math. An avid sports fan and one who play-by-play announcing came to naturally, it took Nunez only until the second week of his freshman year to approach Loyola Marymount Athletics for a job opportunity in sports broadcasting.

Without any real experience, Nunez jumped head first into a job that led him to announcing a few games for women's volleyball. Shortly thereafter, he became the Public Address announcer for men's soccer and women's soccer. After gaining invaluable experience in those fields, Nunez eventually developed into the main announcer for baseball, traveling with the team and covering 60 games during the spring season. He continues to PA announce for numerous Loyola Marymount games and increase his knowledge in media production and camera work.

Calif Trinh, Pepperdine University
Calif Trinh is a freshman, majoring in International Studies. Trinh was the only girl and youngest member of this year's WCCTV 360 crew. She found her love for sports through her high school tennis team and began interning for Pepperdine's Sports Production back in September of this year.

Trinh gained experience and knowledge in the media production field by shooting game highlights and feature sports packages mainly for men's volleyball and some water polo, which were all featured on Pepperdine's athletic website and on YouTube.

Jeff Trousdale, University of Portland
Jeff Trousdale is a senior, majoring in communication with an emphasis in journalism. Specializing in print journalism, he has been a sports reporter for The Beacon, the Portland school newspaper, covering men's sports, specifically soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and cross country.

A sports fanatic of all sports, especially basketball, tennis and soccer, Trousdale became heavily involved with the Portland Beavers AAA baseball team and minor league soccer team, the Timbers, by creating game day programs, supervising corporate parties, handing out promotions, and dealing with ticket sales and operations. He would like to eventually become a beat reporter for an NBA team.

Bryan Navarro, Saint Mary's College
Bryan Navarro is a junior, majoring in communication with an emphasis in media. Navarro's interest in video production began in high school where he took classes his junior and senior years at Freedom High School in Oakley, CA. Since his arrival at Saint Mary's in Fall 2006, Navarro became an active leader for the campus' TV station, GaelVision, an entirely student-run program that produces narratives, commercials, PSAs, and live-to-tape productions of on-campus events, including athletics. He is now the GaelVision General Manager.

Navarro also gained valuable work experience as a runner for the NFL Network during a San Francisco production in December 2007. He hopes to become an intern this summer, maintain a relationship during his senior year, and enter the video industry in some aspect upon graduation.

Enrique Lopez, University of San Diego
Enrique Lopez is a senior, majoring in Communication Studies. Second born American in his family, Lopez's first language was Spanish. He learned English by watching movies and reading books at the library two blocks from his childhood home. Now, his understanding of the English language transformed into an affinity for writing interesting and in-depth news stories.

After learning the fundamentals of news production and excelling in his video production and media writing classes his sophomore year, Lopez earned an internship at the local NBC affiliate, NBC 7/39 San Diego, and worked for the sports department. There, he gained experience in all aspects of working in a real television news studio, including writing, editing, camera work, and overall news production. Since then, Lopez has moved on to work for USDTV and Palestra.net - "The College Network," as a field reporter. He hopes to one day work as a full time reporter in San Diego.

Christopher Begley, University of San Francisco
Chris Begley is a junior, majoring in Media Studies with Journalism, Film, and Philosophy minors. He is currently the Executive Technical Director for the on campus TV station, USFtv, and started the station's very first sports program.

Begley has been the lead camera and editor for a music video and feature-length documentary. He has also produced the USF Women's Volleyball highlight video and the 2008 USF Annual Lu'au DVD. Begley also served as the school's Public Address announcer for volleyball, men's soccer, and women's soccer, and will continue to PA for baseball.

Stephen Hobbs, Santa Clara University
Stephen Hobbs is a sophomore, majoring in communication and political science. A water polo player, Hobbs has always been involved in the athletic arena. He also worked for media relations in the athletic department at Santa Clara, assisting with the production of media guides and information on the school's athletic site.

Hobbs was also a sideline reporter for ESPNU's "Campus Connection" week. In addition, he broadcasted some baseball games online and served as a runner for the men's basketball team. Upon graduation, Hobbs hopes to be a sports broadcaster.