The place HE BELONGED: John Kaszuba Sr. (second from right) spent 10 a long time in the Southern Regional College District as a trainer and mentor to quite a few learners, like (from still left) Louis DeVita, Julia McConnell and Angela Bunk. (Photograph courtesy of Leaha Lukas)
Southern Regional coach Chuck Donohue Sr. had just a person factor to say about John Kaszuba Sr. a few minutes prior to the staff members appreciation ceremony, which wrapped up the university calendar year on June 17.
“They say folks are replaceable,” claimed the soccer program’s head man. “But not that person. People have no plan how really hard it is heading to be to change John Kaszuba with all the factors he did in this article.”
Kaszuba retired from instructing at the conclude of the college yr and recently still left for his new dwelling in Florida, but his legacy at Southern goes on.
“He poured his daily life into this district in so several means,” said university district Superintendent Craig Henry, who to start with became acquainted with the Kaszuba family for the duration of the 1970s, when Henry was a soccer mentor. “John was a section of the lifestyle in this article not just from his years as a pupil, but then right after college and for the a long time considering that. He’s been somewhat of a charter member of all that is below now at Southern and was a massive section of quite a few of the points that fashioned over the several years.”
A 1977 graduate of Southern, Kaszuba went on to Indiana Condition College – he was there when NBA Corridor-of-Famer Larry Bird led the Sycamores to the NCAA championship activity in 1979 – to analyze radio, tv and film, then returned to Southern Ocean County, wherever he continued to work in different fields, together with radio gross sales, right until the late 2000s.
“I was director of gross sales for six radio stations, but in 2008 my situation was removed, and then I went to WOBM for a while,” he explained. “But then I received there and was unemployed for some time although I was substitute instructing portion-time. Inevitably, Craig came up to me and requested me to come to be a media tech for the district, and from there I went to get a trainer certification.”
Calling THE Shots: John Kaszuba did a lot of points inside of the Southern district, but probably his most popular job was as ‘The Voice of the Rams.’ (Photo courtesy of Steve Melega)
In 2010, Kaszuba commenced his comprehensive-time stint inside of the district and since assisted, along with Leaha Lukas, redevelop and expand the Southern Information Community method into the mammoth procedure it is currently, along the way educating hundreds of learners the joy of sports broadcasting and other facets of Television set and film making. What at the time was a basic Tv set creation curriculum as an elective now is a complete-on, 4-calendar year software for pupils really serious about heading into the field soon after graduation.
“Southern employed Leaha nine years in the past, and alongside one another we created this from 45 to 50 students to in excess of 200 now,” Kaszuba said. “We’ve advanced this into a 4-year software, and the most satisfying aspect has been to see our pupils go out into the discipline and turn out to be thriving in broadcasting and movie. It is nonetheless relatively lower the range of pupils who’ve absent into the subject, since the software is nevertheless so new – we have basically started out scratching the surface – but a bunch of our college students have taken off through the past couple of a long time. It’s interesting to see that.”
Taylor Brennan, a 2012 Southern graduate who’s been portion of the Tv set manufacturing crew in a complete-time function for the earlier three several years, described Kaszuba as a gentleman with a enthusiasm for generating strong productions and generally making an attempt to come across a way to make them “bigger and improved.”
“He usually did regardless of what was important to make the generation superior and to give the students a greater knowledge,” stated Brennan, who largely savored functioning along with Kaszuba in the course of the yearly Ship Bottom Christmas parade, which is broadcast by SNN every single December. “He generally experienced tips on how to make issues better, and we executed them. His heart was generally in it, and he usually made factors a whole lot of fun.”
Henry and Kaszuba often butted heads about how to efficiently steer particular assignments for SNN, but when the superintendent very first described his desire to develop SNN’s access by delving into far more broadcasting of Rams athletics, Kaszuba did not hesitate to take his very own passion for sporting activities broadcasting – although in school, he initially desired to be a cameraman for NBC Athletics – and deliver a complete new entity with SNN.
“A few several years back, I felt we desired a way to get our athletic packages and their successes shared to broader group, and John and I talked about the vision for a saturation of sports programming,” Henry stated. “Leaha was extra focused on the news broadcasting and imaginative film building. That was her specialized niche. But simply because he had the correct history and a ton of encounter, John took the sports activities broadcasting to a further amount.”
Very last TIME: When the Southern boys volleyball team performed in the NJSIAA South Jersey championship last month, John Kaszuba Sr. built his closing call inside of the Rams’ gymnasium. (Image by David Biggy)
Brennan claimed Kaszuba experienced a knack for hooking learners and helping them appreciate sporting activities broadcasting.
“He was wonderful at participating pupils and encouraging them to try out it,” Brennan stated. “He got college students who you’d believe would have no aspect in athletics broadcast, and he’d say, ‘Give it a try. What’s the worst that can come about?’ and a handful of of these college students realized it is something they not only could be intrigued in, but keep executing it further than substantial faculty. He savored finding them in the door and pushing them in a path towards some thing they could appreciate. He laid the basis to transfer us ahead.”
Though Kaszuba was greatly associated with SNN – driving it towards additional achievements with this sort of initiatives as the mobile studio and distant broadcasting, in particular in the course of the coronavirus pandemic – he experienced his coronary heart, head and arms in a whole lot of factors at Southern. Not only was he “The Voice of the Rams” for soccer, basketball and other athletic contests, Kaszuba was director of soccer operations and a liaison between Southern and media shops inside the county, among the other issues.
“John’s a single of the most generous persons you’ll ever meet up with,” mentioned Lukas, who referred to Kaszuba as her “work husband” for the reason that at times they bantered as if married. “He has a generous coronary heart and puts all the things into what he does. He was so superior at connecting with pupils and currently being an inspiration and mentor for them. He experienced a whole lot of lifestyle working experience he was capable to move together, and it just manufactured our system that significantly better. It is likely to be unusual not owning him close to.”
“Nobody’s likely to comprehend how significantly he did till September. Which is when the influence of him leaving is heading to be felt,” Henry stated. “He wore so a lot of hats and did so a lot of factors, it is incredible. He invested into every single part of this procedure, and often to the issue of overload, but he under no circumstances complained. He was tireless and acquired things finished, and he aided make this district better in a great deal of means.”
As Kaszuba walked from the SNN studio to the auditorium for the employees appreciation ceremony, he joked that his wife hoped he’d settle down into just one particular position once they moved to Florida for fantastic.
“I’ve reinvented myself quite a few moments,” Kaszuba explained. “I would like now I would have gone into teaching faster, but it’s been excellent to be listed here the earlier 10 a long time and be a aspect of what we did to bring SNN and the Tv set production plan ahead. Above the yrs here, I learned funds is not significant. Even in the course of the many years I made a few moments more than I made in this article, it wasn’t as satisfying as viewing youngsters shift on to pursue their enthusiasm and desires. It is been a ton of enjoyment to see them go on and do well.”
No question the Kaszuba legacy will continue being for generations.
“I’d like to assume I usually did the suitable matter, that I was qualified, and I cared,” he reported. “It was a excellent experience.”
— David Biggy