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The Canisius athletic communications department unveiled a new web documentary series today entitled “Taking Flight”. The series is available through the school’s official athletic department website, GoGriffs.com and through the athletic department’s official YouTube Page at www.YouTube.com/CanisiusAthletics.

The first three episodes of “Taking Flight” will feature an in-depth look at the men’s soccer program, as the Golden Griffins work toward their goal of winning a MAAC championship. The first video starts in August when the team reported for preseason training camp, and runs through the Griffs’ final film session prior to the start of MAAC play. Head coach Dermot McGrane and redshirt-junior goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin are featured in the first video to provide viewers information on the program and to talk about how the season has gone through non-conference play. The video concludes with the Griffs’ final film session and team meeting prior to the start of the MAAC schedule, which was Sept. 30, at Monmouth.

“The Canisius athletic communications staff is excited to provide the Canisius community, our fan base, alumni, current students and potential student-athletes with an in-depth look at our men’s soccer program,” Matt Reitnour, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications, said. “Building something like this has taken a tremendous amount of effort and energy from a number of folks on our staff. It is hard to try and roll a two-month segment of a season into 10-15 minutes of video, but I feel like we’ve been able to capture a good amount of video that tells a very compelling story while highlighting the strong start of our men’s soccer team.”

As the academic year moves forward, the “Taking Flight” series will continue to follow the men’s soccer program before transitioning to give an inside look at the Canisius hockey team and the program’s move into HARBORCENTER. In the spring season, the series will follow the Canisius women’s lacrosse team, as it looks to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive MAAC championship.

All of the video is shot and edited by Ben Woody, Canisius graduate assistant for multimedia, with assistance from Canisius students CJ Gates and Kyle Ferrara.

“This is a bit of a unique partnership between the athletic department and the communications studies department here on campus,” Reitnour said. “We had a few meetings with CJ and Kyle during the summer and they are fully vested in what we are doing here. I’d also be remised if I didn’t thank Dermott McGrane, his coaching staff and his players for allowing us to tag along for the ride through their season. Dermott has been on board with this idea from day one and he has provided us with a great deal of access to his program, which makes building this video that much better for the viewer.”

The Canisius men’s soccer team returns home on Wednesday, Oct. 8, when the team plays host to Rider. Game time is set for 3 p.m., at the Demske Sports Complex.

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