By John Kovach
Joe Stanek of Cincinnati, who has prominent family roots to Youngstown’s North Side, is looking forward to his final season as a University of Cincinnati football team student video manager in 2010.
The great-grandson of the late Florence Renner of the Renner Brewing Co. of Youngstown, Stanek is in his third year as a student video manager for the Bearcats, whose 13-0 record was shattered by Florida in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, 51-24.
One of four student video managers for the Bearcats, Stanek played an important behind-the-scenes role at the Sugar Bowl.
“We filmed all practices, set up all meeting rooms and did anything the coaches needed technologically. We use DVD cameras with small cassettes,” said Stanek.
“I do it all season. I also help the video coordinator during recruiting visits. We show [potential recruits] a highlight video which we make and show game films.”
When filming. “We use [high definition] P2 cameras to record games on memory cards, and then transfer them to DVDs,” he pointed out.
Stanek, a senior communications major who will graduate after the 2010 football season in December, is the son of Katie Davis of Cincinnati and the grandson of Hank (Henry) Davis, whose mother was Florence Renner (Renner Brewing Co.).
Hank Davis also lived in Youngstown as did his wife, Ann Hannon from the North Side, until they were married and moved to Napierville, Ill.
Stanek’s behind-the-scenes videography and other work have helped Cincinnati to a 34-7 record over the past three seasons, and to three bowl berths.
The Bearcats lost the Orange Bowl the previous season to Virginia Tech, 20-7, after winning the PapaJohns.com Bowl the year before over Southern Mississippi, 31-21, for 11-3 and 10-3 records, respectively.
Stanek’s mother said she was born in Cleveland and moved to Cincinnati, and has visited Youngstown only rarely.
“I have only visited Youngstown for occasional family visits,” said Katie, who still has a cousin in the area, Patrice (Hannon) Bassetti of Hubbard.
Stanek is looking to make a career in the sports field.
“I’ll probably try to get into this field right after graduation in public relations or marketing or videography, anything that gets me into the field,” said Stanek, a graduate of Archbishop Moeller High in Cincinnati who never has been to Youngstown.
He said he also to may try to get a graduate assistant position with some college.
Stanek receives a partial scholarship for his service to the Florida football team.
“It is a paid job. I get paid in scholarship tuition. They pay half my tuition. I just do it for football,” said Stanek. “They asked us if we wanted to do it for basketball, but there was just too much travel time involved.”