Sue Castorino of the Speaking Specialists talks to freshman forward Johnathan Williams.
Oct. 10, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
Each year Mizzou Athletics hosts the entertaining and educational husband and wife tandem of Randy Minkoff and Sue Castorino to speak with the men basketball team and the 2013-14 Tiger newcomers had their opportunity to work with the "Speaking Specialists" on Wednesday, learning media interview strategies, tips and reminders before the start of the season.
The recipients of extensive local, regional and national coverage, Head Coach Frank Haith's teams have continued Mizzou's long-standing relationship with the Speaking Specialists and even had the group speak to his teams while head coach at the University of Miami.
"Communication is so key in our sport, from interviews and speaking with the media, to building relationships with your teammates," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "It's such a critical skill in today's world and Randy and Sue do a terrific job. We do a great job keeping our guys prepared for interviews and working with our media, but having former journalists come in and reinforce those points adds a great deal of value and is a significant part of how we prepare our young men for life after college."
The annual seminar lasted approximately an hour and touched on points such as interview posture, building rapport with the media, understating the jobs of the media, team media responsibilities following wins and losses and some entertaining quotes in sports over the years.
"It was a great time," freshman forward Torren Jones said. "Randy and Sue have seen it all and they were here to help us. It really reinforced what we have already talked about, especially with the first game just about a month away."
Missouri Basketball continues its workouts on Thursday and will then host its Black & Gold Game on Oct. 15. Doors to Mizzou Arena open at 6 p.m. with autographs. Scrimmages begin at 6:45 p.m. Admission is just $3 or free with three donated canned food items to the Tiger Pantry. Parking for the event is free.
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