Class of 2014: A Day in the Life of Geoffrey Craig
Name: Geoff Craig
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Major: Sports Broadcasting
Geoffrey Craig ’14 starts his morning routine by pouring himself and his wife a cup of coffee. They know they only have a few minutes to enjoy alone before their two daughters will wake up starving. Geoff drives his daughters to school, then starts his drive toward Texas Christian University. He not only attended TCU as a student but also continues his career at the KTCU radio station. “A day in my life consists of getting up, waking my kids up, eating breakfast, taking them to school, and then me going to school,” he said. Not much has changed from when Craig was a student, except now he is not going to classes in Moudy but going to work in Moudy instead.
Before his career at the radio station, Craig gained experience in the sports world. He said, “I had two really fun jobs after graduation. I worked for the Texas Rangers for two years running camera for their in-house video operations. I got to be on the field before games and walk the pitcher to the mound when they warm up,” he said.
Craig also hosted and produced a podcast for Yahoo Sports’ TCU recruiting site, Purple Menace. “Working on Purple Menace was great because I got to cover the team,” he said. “I grew up rooting for TCU and was able to interview great coaches such as Raegan Pebley, Jamie Dixon, Eric Bell, Gary Patterson, and Jill Kramer.”
Craig, a Fort Worth native, knew exactly where he wanted to earn his degree from. “I chose TCU because I’m a Fort Worth lifer, born and raised in Fort Worth, so I’ve always been a TCU fan. My grandfather, great-uncle, and aunt are all TCU alums as well,” he said. “When I applied to TCU, the sports broadcasting major had just been created, so it felt like it was destiny,” he said.
Sports have always fascinated Craig, so it was no mystery why he chose sports broadcasting for his degree. “I’ve always had a passion for sports and being able to go to school in my own backyard was a bonus,” he said.
While reminiscing on being a student at TCU, a few of his favorite memories came to mind. “It’s a tossup between working for ESPN during the college baseball super-regional when TCU advanced to the College World Series in 2014 or covering the 2014 Peach Bowl from the press box for KTCU when TCU destroyed Ole Miss 42-3,” he said. He also mentions that FTDM’s Sports Radio class kick-started his career and got the ball rolling on his involvement in radio, from on-air talent to production.
Being a nontraditional student, Craig faced some challenges that turned into a positive experience for everyone around him. “My biggest challenge was finding a balance between school and home life. I had a wife and a daughter when I started at TCU so being able to balance classes, work-study, labs, and working with time to spend with my girls was difficult at times,” he said.
‘It was also beneficial to the other students who saw what I was doing, and it made them realize that what they had going on wasn’t that difficult. I turned a challenge into a positive influence on others,” he said. Advice Craig wishes he could have given himself as a first-year is to relax. “Don’t freak out about being a decade older than most of your classmates,” he said. “You will end up building lifelong friendships with many of them.”
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