Hi there, my name is Jon Cofer. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and work with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I produce the in-stadium broadcast at Pirates games, build the gameday scripts, and create content for the videoboard.
I grew up in State College, Pennsylvania, and fell in love with video early in high school. I got my first job in the field as a member of the game day production staff for Penn State basketball games in 2002. I kept close ties with the Penn State Athletics video department, continuing to help out part-time (usually during fall/winters) through 2008. Over the years I did camera, replay, graphics, editing, and tape logging… basically anything I was asked to do.
Although I grew up 2 miles from and was accepted to Penn State University, I decided to move away from home as an exercise in starting over. I graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts & Journalism. There I earned a 3.855 GPA, 3.905 in my major.
In 2008 I moved to Binghamton to work with the Binghamton Mets as a video production intern, and took over full-time as the director in 2009. There I shot video with Canon XL2 cameras, edited and created graphics with the Adobe CS5 suite, and ran the gameday production staff/oversaw the promotions crew. Each year I was there I hired and trained a new batch of video interns – many of which are still working in production, something I am very proud of.
Starting in November of 2011 I worked as a Producer with the New Jersey Devils. There I directed Devils home games and collaborated with the rest of the production staff to create video content for the scoreboard, website and youtube. I was with the Devils until November of 2014 when I returned to my home state of Pennsylvania to work with the Pirates.
I've done a few solo freelance gigs here and there. Most notably, in September of 2011 & April of 2012 I worked on a sizzle reel for Emerald Cut Productions. They had an aspiring TV show, and I put together a sizzle reel that demonstrated what the show is about and introduces the characters. They used this video to pitch their show idea to TV execs.
In late 2017/early 2018 I worked on a sportsmanship video for NEAC Division III Sports. It was a one-day shoot and I managed the audio recording as well as two cameras by myself. I edited the final product in the Adobe Creative Suite.
Anyway, If you are interested in contacting me, please do! I’m very easy to get along with and eager to meet new people who have the same love of video that I have, or who are curious in learning more.
I have been in the industry since 2008.