Corporate by day, MMA by night

By: Nicole Esbenshade
October 20, 2015
Lancaster, Pa --

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It may sound like a boy’s dream, but for Communication Journalism alumnus, John Brennan, it’s a man’s reality. He spends his days at the game of baseball. He does not pick up a glove or a bat, but he is involved in every play of a Lancaster Barnstormers game, a southeastern Pennsylvania minor league baseball team. And if that job weren’t dreamy enough, it still gives him time to do the things he loves.

Brennan is the Creative Services Coordinator at the Lancaster Barnstormers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, He worked his way up to there from an internship while a student in the Communication/Journalism department. He works with everyone in the press box, designs and designates the schedule for employees, and in the off season, he builds relationships with current and future clients, meets new sponsors, and works with the corporate sales department of the franchise.

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Brennan graduated from the Communication Journalism program, in only three and a half years finishing with an emphasis in Electronic Media and a minor in Exercise Science. SUTV (Shippensburg University Television) was Brennan’s second home and he was involved in everything from designing the graphics to doing the reel tapes and much more; all were terrific training for his job with the Barnstormers.

Brennan loved the classes that required him to be in the TV studio and believes that his classes that gave him the chance to get hands on lessons and being involved in SUTV were helpful to his career, especially producing content for football games.

He specifically uses those skills to influence the crowds at the Barnstormer’s stadium in Lancaster where he designs the graphics for the big screens, chooses the music and takes care of everything that goes on in the press box.

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Though his days are busy, Brennan uses his time off for something far from baseball: Mixed Martial Arts fighting. He actually got his start towards fighting in MMA while at Shippensburg University. Brennan mainly fights outside of the Barnstormer’s baseball season (October to April) – so he can give his full attention and devotion to his passion that is “in season”. He has been so successful in his fights that he is just two away from going pro in MMA; with a record of 4-1-0, John Brennan is proving to be very successful at both of his passions.