Over its five years of operation, City of Basketball Love has become more than just the area's top source for high school and college basketball news and analysis in the greater Philadelphia region. It's also become a training ground for the next generation of sports journalists, with dozens of high school and college students working with us every day.
CoBL writers get on-the-job training and mentorship from the get-go, whether they've been writing for several years or are getting into sports journalism for the first time. New writers learn to be better journalists by accompanying our more experienced staffers to games, getting stories edited and critiqued, conducting interviews, and learning to use social media and alternative platforms in a professional setting. We are flexible with writers' schedules; whether our writers are available one day a week or four, they still receive the same instruction and attention for whatever they write.
If you're interested in writing for CoBL -- as we are always looking for writers -- send our editor, Josh Verlin, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a resumé and writing examples. As we said, no prior sports journalism experience required!
Continue reading below to see the great things our former writers are up to today.
A graduate of La Salle University with a degree in communications, Andrew, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, wrote for La Salle’s weekly newspaper The Collegian and also served the host of Sports Talk Philadelphia on La Salle TV. He served as the La Salle beat writer for CoBL for three seasons, covering the team's run to the Sweet 16 in 2013 by following the Explorers to Dayton, Kansas and Los Angeles; he also covered numerous other big-time high school and college games for the site. In November 2014, he was hired as a Sports Producer at Philly.com; he currently works as the Sports Editor for FlockU.com.
Andy is a Notre Dame graduate with a degree in Spanish and Psychology. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he’s currently the assistant Sports Information Director at Ursinus College. Before that, he worked for two years as a staff writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester, where he covered boys basketball and lacrosse, and served for one year as an SID at Muhlenberg College during the 2013-14 school year before working in the same capacity at Chestnut Hill College during the 2014-15 season.
Andrew Koob is a Temple University alum with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. A native of Doylestown, Pa., Andrew was one of CoBL's top contributors from its founding and through its first two seasons, covering high school and college games all over the region; he also worked with the Philadelphia Daily News and the Hoop Group and has been published by Yahoo! Sports, the Chicago Tribune and ESPNRecruiting. Andrew was with CoBL from its founding in June 2012 until he left for a full-time sportswriting position with the New Castle (Pa.) News in September 2014.
Jeff McDevitt is a graduate of Temple University where he majored in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Jeff’s the offspring of a St. Joe's grad and a Temple grad, and attended Big 5 games with his dad throughout his youth. He's been passionate about Philadelphia basketball ever since. Other interests include Buffalo wings and professional wrestling. He joined CoBL in December 2012, and worked for the site until 2015, when he was hired in Drexel athletics' video production department.
Garrett is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a degree in English. A West Chester, Pa. native, he’s been attending Big 5 basketball games with his father since he was a child. He is also currently the Editor in Chief for The Hawk, SJU’s student newspaper and is an ultimate frisbee fanatic. Garrett started writing for CoBL in November 2012 and continued until fall of 2015, when he left for Washington, D.C.
Follow Garrett: @GWMiley
Jeff is a graduate of Temple University with a degree in journalism. A native of Kennett Square, Pa., Jeff served as the Flyers' beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and currently freelances in the Philadelphia area. In the past, Jeff has written for The Temple News, covering baseball, men's soccer and football and has freelanced for The Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa, as well as Reuters/The Sports Xchange and other media outlets. He joined CoBL in September of 2013 and became Assistant Editor in January of 2015, and left the staff in July 2015 to join the Philadelphia Daily News as its Flyers' beat writer.
Dan is a senior journalism major at Temple University. Dan is from West Pittston, Pa, and he transferred to Temple from the University of Scranton in August of 2013. He previously wrote for the Temple News, covering the women's volleyball team in the fall of 2014. Dan has covered high school and college games for the site, and joined CoBL in January of 2015.
Follow Dan: @danny_newhart
A 2014 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism, Pianovich spent his undergrad years in State College covering the Nittany Lions’ football and basketball programs for multiple outlets including the Philadelphia Daily News, the Centre Daily Times and the school’s student paper, the Daily Collegian. He has also worked for MLB.com, the Harrisburg Patriot-News and the Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. For his coverage of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal and the ensuing fallout, Pianovich won numerous Hearst Journalism and Student Keystone Press Awards, including first place in the Hearst’s “Breaking News” category for his story “NCAA levies sanctions upon Penn State” and first place in the Keystone’s “General News” category for his story “Joe Paterno’s statue removed from Beaver Stadium.”
Follow Stephen: @SPianovich
Tom is a May 2016 graduate of Temple University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science. He served as Assistant Editor of CoBL from July 2015 to July 2016. In addition to his work with the site, Tom covered professional, college and high school sports as a sports intern/staff writer for both The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Tom joined CoBL in September 2014 as a staff writer/photographer.
Follow Tom: @tom_reifsnyder
Maddy is a 2013 Penn State alum, originally from Neptune, N.J., with a B.A. in Public Relations. She has been shooting amateur sports photography since high school. She wrote for OnwardState.com for over a year, covering PSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball as well as other sports and student events. She currently resides in State College, Pa and recently joined the social media team at Penn State. She joined CoBL in November 2013.
Follow Maddy: @maddyyypryor