BRIAN KING (history) was
named Pembroke (MA) High
School’s football coach. He
was formerly the head football coach at Hanover (MA)
JEFF SOCHA (mechanical engineering) joined Block Engineering in Marlborough, MA,
as the vice president of engineering. Prior to that he was
the R&D product development
manager for gas analysis systems at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Agawam, MA.
DAVID TUROCY (G’94 public
administration) was named
commissioner of public services for the city of Pittsfield,
MA. He is the former public
works commissioner in
KRISTEN GORDON (
management) is the director of annual
fund and alumni relations at
Watkinson School in Hartford,
CT. She was most recently
associate director, alumni
relations, at Trinity College.
KEVIN CODEY (management)
was hired as an NFL line
judge official this past April.
He has been with the American Athletic Conference for
the past two years and he is
the only NFL official to come
out of the AAC. Kevin currently teaches physical education at Herberg Middle School
in Pittsfield, MA.
LOUIS J. FUSARO JR. (MS crimi-
nal justice administration)
was named chief of police
in Groton, CT. Most recently,
he served as director of Con-
necticut’s Office of Counterter-
rorism, Division of Emergency
Management and Homeland
Security. He is a 21-year vet-
eran of the Connecticut State
MATTHEW McGINTY (
management leadership/G’05 MBA)
was hired as COO at GTxcel in
Boston. He was previously the
vice president of sales strategy and client operations for
RAMP Holding, Inc. in Boston.
How did you get your start as an NFL Scout?
“I had previously completed internships with the
Bridgeport Bluefish and Madison Square Garden.
But I really got my start with the Jacksonville Jaguars
as a scouting intern, because it turned into a job
opportunity as a scouting assistant. I became a pro
scout in 2006, where I was responsible for scouting
current NFL teams and free agents on other teams.
I later became an area scout for the Jaguars and was
responsible for the Northeast, and eventually, the
southeast area. In 2013, I moved to the New York
Jets, and currently scout for the Chicago Bears.”
What does the day-to-day job entail?
“A typical day for me is visiting college campuses
and evaluating college players that will be eligible
for the NFL draft in 2016. I usually go to the school
in the morning and watch the game tape of their
previous games. I will meet with coaches and find
out about what type of player we are looking at
from a personal standpoint. I have to take notes
from all the people that I meet with. Plus, I take
notes on the player’s ability from the game footage.
I go to the team’s practice in the afternoon to see
the player in person. Then I drive to the next city,
and check into another hotel. That’s when I begin
writing my reports from my notes that day. Then I
repeat the same process for the next school. I stay
in a hotel room about 180 nights per year.”
Do the different teams you’ve worked for look
for different qualities in players?
“Most teams are looking for the same things. They
all want good football players. But different teams
have different offensive and defensive philosophies,
so certain players may fit the scheme better than
other players would. But ultimately everybody
wants good players because you can lose with
talent, but you can’t win without it.”
What lessons did you learn at Western New
England that have helped you in your career?
“I had a several different experiences at Western
New England that really prepared me for my job.
We worked in groups a lot in my classes, which is
a lot of what I do now. We have about seven scouts
that cover the country and see different players.
We must come together to make the best decision
for the Chicago Bears. We have to trust each other
and the work that each of us has done. Football
is the ultimate team sport, because we need everybody in order to be successful. I also learned about
negotiations in classes. I use my skills to negotiate
with agents and against other teams as we try and
sign free agents after the draft concludes.”
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Chris Prescott ’01/G’07