Franklin Pierce, Director of Athletic Communications
BoxCast: Congrats on recently being rated "Best Game Environment"! How do you think Franklin Pierce has cultivated such an great culture?
Matthew Janik: Hard work, mostly. It’s a testament to our student-athletes for generating excitement among their family and friends and keeping them engaged. It’s a credit to our staff for putting in the effort to go above and beyond in the name of enhancing the student-athlete experience. It’s evidence of everybody being willing to do a little more than they’re obligated to help build buzz around our programs.
BoxCast: Why did you decide to start streaming your games?
MJ: We were primarily looking for a way to keep family and friends who can’t make the trip to Rindge on a regular basis in the loop. Plus, it was a way to generate a little extra revenue, as we saw many others in our conference doing the same. After exploring multiple providers, BoxCast was the one that fit with our goals the best.
BoxCast: How do you use your BoxCaster? What do you like most about it?
MJ: We run a one-camera shoot for as many home games as possible. The simplicity is a big selling point for us. The camera is always manned by a student worker and is often not in close proximity to our game day staff, who have other responsibilities anyway. Even for those with little technical knowledge, it's easy for us to briefly explain what to look for on the BoxCaster to ensure it's operating correctly and how to fix simple problems.
BoxCast: You have a strong soccer program and players from all over the world (New Zealand, Ghana, Brazil, etc) come to play for your school. Do you think streaming has helped these players stay connected to their families at home?
MJ: Streaming is a huge benefit for all programs that bring in student-athletes from across the country and around the world. The families are extremely appreciative of the opportunity to watch the games from wherever they are.