Peter Corasaniti G’16 works as the coordinator of player development for the Binghamton University men’s basketball team

Peter Corasaniti G’16

December 21, 2016

“Make as many connections and develop relationships with as many people as possible because you never know who will be able to help you when you need it.”

How did you obtain your position?

During my time as an undergraduate and graduate student at Syracuse University, I worked closely with the Syracuse men’s basketball program. I was a student manager from 2010 to 2014, and the head manager from 2012 to 2014. I received my bachelor’s degree in sport management from the David B Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

After I graduated undergrad, I was offered the opportunity to stay on the staff as a graduate assistant coach. I was the graduate assistant from 2014-2016 while receiving my master’s degree in new media management from Newhouse. 

Through my six years working with the Syracuse basketball program, I obtained a lot of experience with a lot of great memories. I was fortunate to be a part of two great Final Four teams in 2013 and 2016. 

After finishing up my two-year graduate coaching position and my master’s degree, I knew I wanted to stay in the college basketball business. With all the connections I made over my six years at Syracuse — and with the help of the Syracuse coaching staff — I got an interview and landed the job at Binghamton University to continue my coaching dream and passion in college basketball.

What are your job responsibilities?

As the coordinator of player development, my responsibilities include managing the operations of the men’s basketball office, coordinating team travel, serving as the liaison with department support services, assisting in the management of basketball camps and clinics, video coordination and community service. 

How did Newhouse prepare you for your job?

During my time at Newhouse, I was challenged every day in and out of the classroom.  Every assignment, group project and class discussion were meant to help prepare us for real world situations. For me, Newhouse helped me develop relationships and prepare me for the working industry.

Why did you select Newhouse for graduate studies?

Growing up in Syracuse, I always knew about the rich history and tradition of the Newhouse School. I wanted to become a sports broadcaster when I was younger and I wanted to attend my dream school, Syracuse University. Plans changed and when I arrived at Syracuse University, I thought the sport management field was more suited for me. But when I received the chance to attend graduate school, I knew Newhouse was the only option. To receive an education and a master’s degree from such a prestigious school helped prepare me for future success. So I finally did attend my dream school and it was an experience that helped shape who I am today.

Describe your most valuable/significant experience at Newhouse. 

Not having any previous communications experience, the Newhouse new media management graduate program was set out to be a challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone and to learn something completely new. I knew going into it that I was going to have to challenge myself.  At times, it was a struggle, as any graduate program is, but I continued to learn and over time I saw myself grow, as I was learning and applying material that was all so new to me. 

The relationships that I built with students and professors are what made the Newhouse graduate experience all worth it and a great experience for me. It was truly an honor to be able to receive the opportunity to earn a master’s degree from the Newhouse school and I will forever be grateful for my time there. 

What advice do you have for current or incoming students?

My advice would be to just enjoy your time at Syracuse University as it flies by.  Make as many connections and develop relationships with as many people as possible because you never know who will be able to help you when you need it. Syracuse University wants to help you be successful so use all of their resources that they provide and get involved with as many activities as possible. To go to Syracuse University and attend Newhouse is an honor and a privilege, so make the most out of your time and try to give yourself as many opportunities as possible for you to set yourself up for success.