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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Brian Magoffin and Pam McCray

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Brian Magoffin

Brian Magoffin, Springfield College's newest Sports Information Director (Springfield Athletics Photo)
Brian Magoffin, Springfield College’s newest Director of Sports Communications (Springfield Athletics Photo)

Magoffin, a 5-foot-11 director of Sports Communications for the Springfield College Pride, hails from the Rochester, N.Y. area where he attempted to play soccer in high school. As a fourth-string center midfielder, Magoffin’s duties included filling water bottles, picking mud off of the team’s cleats with a stick during timeouts, and often dressing as the mascot and cheering on his teammates. In an attempt to prove to his high school coach that he made a mistake in not playing him more often, Magoffin has been spotted practicing his penalty kicks with Steffin Siebert and Billy Schmid early in the morning on Brock-Affleck Field, so his closest friends will tease him no longer.

Q. What was your initial reaction when you were named Director of Sports Communciations at Springfield College?
A. Honestly, it was expected. I am the best at what I do, there is no doubt about it. I mean, there are other extremely talented directors out there, but I don’t think they hold a candle to my abilities. I just bring too much to the table. 

Q. What do you owe a lot of your successes to?
A. Myself, duh. C’mon man. This is god given. The only thing I gotta do is show up.

Q. What did you say to the men’s volleyball team before their national championship match with Nazareth?
A. “Great moments…are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ‘em 10 times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, WE are the greatest volleyball team in the world. You were born to be volleyball players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great volleyball team Nazareth has. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.”

 

Pam McCray

Pam McCray, Springfield College's Assistant Director of Sports Communications
Pam McCray, Springfield College’s Assistant Director of Sports Communications

McCray, a 5-foot-6 (in heels) assistant director of Sports Communications from Springfield College, has had an extremely strong start to the beginning of her career in the Sports Communications Department. Hailing from the local Springfield Central High School, McCray was a standout softball player for the Golden Eagles, being selected All-Scholastic First Team her senior season. The “little ball of fire” as her teammates called her in her playing days held a batting average of .456 throughout her career with 56 home runs and 456 runs batted in. It was once said that when McCray entered the batter’s box, pitchers would literally run over to their coach and ask to be pulled from the game. McCray still plays softball to this day, but due to an investigation into her steroid use, is less of a threat from the plate. She prefers to lay in the outfield and get her tan on.

Q. How did you feel when you were named to the Western Mass. All-Scholastic First Team?
A. Oh. My. God. I was like so totally excited. I called all of my friends right away and then posted it on my Facebook. It got like 12 likes and two comments. It was so exciting, I couldn’t believe it.

Q. Besides yourself, who do you owe some of your success to?
A. Well of course I have to give a shout-out to all of my besties: Tara, Tamie, Jane, Sierra, Ashley, Amy, Lauren, Maggy, Jamie, Kim, Brittany, Brianna, Mary, Meghan, Kristen, Jessica L., Jessica P., Jessica R., Jessica W., Liz, Elizabeth, Betsy, oh and I can’t forget Kara, she is my fave.

Q. What is it like to still be involved in the game that you grew up playing?
A. Even though I had such a great high school softball career at Central, it is much more enjoyable to grab a drink, fold out a lawn chair and post up in right field with my straw hat, iPod and tanning lotion. Although I love to play softball, there are much more important things to me in life. For instance, I love long walks on the beach, greek yogurt, Cheez-Its, the color purple, Scandal, E! True Hollywood Stories, and of course, my car.

Disclaimer: All facts, interviews, details and sources are completely false. Actually, this entire story is made up. Happy April Fools’ Day!

 

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