Former athlete turned podcaster, Martino Puccio ’17 ’19MA, graduated from Iona with a degree in Broadcasting and is about to complete his masters in Sports Communications. He is currently producing his own soccer-themed podcast and show which is featured on the FNTSY YouTube channel. His podcast, called Soccer Showdown, is enjoyed both on YouTube as well as through various podcast outlets. Martino, having been an athlete most of his life, has been running the program for almost three years, and enjoys creating content about all the top leagues in Europe and the World Cup.
Aside from his podcast, Martino is also working towards completing his senior thesis documentary that focuses on the life and career of former New York Yankees baseball player, Mariano Rivera. Martino not only respects Mariano Rivera as an athlete, but also admires his commitment to giving back to his community year-round, especially during the holiday season. While performing research for his thesis, Martino had the good fortune of being present when Rivera received the news of becoming the first player to be unanimously elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Originally from Harrison, N.Y., Martino always felt like Iona was a good fit. Aside from living locally, Martino’s father attended Iona and encouraged him to apply to the College. Martino’s choosing to pursue a career in sports broadcasting stems from his love of athletics and from playing various sports in high school. Considering himself a natural athlete, he recalls having wanted to be a sports broadcaster since age 11.
Martino encourages prospective students to “make sure you pick a major or career you are passionate about and enjoy doing. If it’s your hobby, it’s a bonus because you can bring happiness into work and that is invaluable. Constantly thinking about you want to do and where you want to go is key because being obsessed with your career and dream is vital in achieving it!”