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Oh, Hello: Dylan Callaghan-Croley to Join BSD

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25th Outback Bowl - Florida Gators v Penn State Nittany Lions Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

We’re happy to announce the newest addition to the BSD staff- Mr. Dylan Callaghan-Croley. Get to know Dylan in his own words below, and keep an eye out for some of his work to be published here in the near future:

Truth be told, I don’t attend Penn State, I actually am a junior at Kutztown University studying sports management and communication, which for those that don’t know is where James Franklin got his first coaching job. I was born in Schuylkill County, which I would say is a pretty hardcore Penn State territory.

With that I grew up around Penn State football and have followed the program since I can remember. My first memory of the Nittany Lions is the legendary 26-23 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State (Kevin Kelly FTW!). The first season I truly remember is the 2009, and since then I’ve been hooked on Penn State football. During the last three years, I have had the opportunity to attend eight games at Beaver Stadium which for a college student on a budget, having to drive almost three hours each way and spending $250-$300 at least each time, I’m proud of getting to the amount of games I have been able to. In case you’re wondering, which you’re not, my favorite memory was being at the Ohio State game in 2016. While I didn’t get to storm the field, watching the pure joy that was in that stadium afterwards is unforgettable.

On a another note, I’ve been writing about sports including Penn State athletics since my freshman year of high school in 2011. I’ve written for multiple sites and have had the opportunity to meet and work with a bunch of wonderful people. That being said, I’ve always been a fan of the work of Black Shoe Diaries and always wanted to be a part of one of the best, if not the best, online Penn State community. I hope I am able to live up to the expectations and standards that those who have come before me here at BSD have set and that I am able to provide work that you enjoy reading.

Welcome aboard, Dylan!