Communications major interned on court with Golden State Warriors

Equipped with skills he developed at Dominican, communications major Alex Herrera ’17 had a unique internship and a fans’ dream perspective with the Golden State Warriors.

If he wasn't high above courtside working in the Productions Control Booth at Oracle Arena, he was outside the Warriors’ locker room and next to the team’s bench on the floor as a productions assistant. During the Game 5 NBA Finals clinching victory by the Warriors on June 12, Alex assisted the cameraman on the floor who captured the images of playoff MVP Kevin Durant celebrating the victory with his mother.

“Being a communications student at Dominican has allowed me to explore different avenues of communications, while honing in on my film making skills,” says Alex, who was a captain on the Penguins men’s soccer team in the fall semester. “Given Dominican is a smaller school, I have always had the opportunity to make my own network of connections, which is what got me to where I am today. Even in my second season with the Golden State Warriors, being in that environment is still surreal. Whenever I'm a foot away from (two-time NBA Most Valuable Player) Stephen Curry and the guys, it takes me a bit to realize that I am in the midst of greatness.”

Acquiring that job was a team effort at Dominican. It began in a business communications class with Dr. Christopher Leeds in the Barowsky School of Business that, Alex says, “prepared me for the real world in terms of being ready for the most professional level.” It continued in the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences with Brad Van Alstyne, chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department, who helped Alex develop interpersonal communication skills and organize his school and soccer schedule around the Warriors.

Alex’s connection to the Warriors followed the footsteps of a former soccer teammate, Drake Albee ‘15, who interned for the team for four years while pursuing a business administration major at Dominican. Alex ran with the opportunity, quickly advancing in less than a year as a productions assistant with the Warriors.

“Working in this big time environment was a great learning experience and nothing can top it when trying to learn about studio production and any other department,” Alex says.

Alex, who aspires to continue his soccer career overseas, also worked in the team’s headquarters in Oakland archiving, logging, transcribing, and editing footage.

“Working at headquarters was awesome because I got to learn from the best in the industry and I was a part of a team who put together videos, capturing and highlighting unforgettable moments throughout the season,” Alex says.

When he was not on the court at Oracle Arena, he worked in the productions control room sometimes as a switcher and matrix operator connecting video to the overhead scoreboard and LED screens in the arena and private VIP suites.

In the meantime, Alex, who has made the Dean’s List every semester, concentrated on showcasing his senior thesis. It was a documentary film about his father’s struggle with an autoimmune disease, Dermatomyositis, a rare condition caused by severe muscle weakness and skin irritability. Alex had chronicled his father’s progress since his senior year of high school and aims to raise awareness to the disease through the project. Alex screened the documentary film -- Beyond Skin Deep -- in Guzman Lecture Hall on February 18.

 “My passion for film has grown immensely at Dominican,” Alex says. “I want to continue making videos about people and events that deserve to have their story told.”


January 9, 2017