Erin Cofiell

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Erin Cofiell is Local 22 and Local 44's Sports Director.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a town called Glastonbury, Connecticut. I also spent many winter weekends snowmobiling at my grandparents winter house in Woodford, Vermont which is near Mount Snow.

Where did you attend school?

This is a tricky question for me. Out of high school, I attended Syracuse University and was a member of the diving team. After two years, I transferred to Loyola University New Orleans. The fall of my senior year, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, and I attended George Washington University for the fall semester, before returning to New Orleans and graduating that spring, with a degree from Loyola.

Where have you worked previously?

I started my sports career at WAFB-TV, the CBS Affiliate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While there, I had the opportunity to cover a lot of big stories and teams. I was there as LSU won their 2nd National Championship in football in 2007, and also in Omaha when the baseball team won the College World Series in 2009. I covered the New Orleans Saints during their run to the Super Bowl XLIV title.

After WAFB, I spent a year at WJAR, the NBC Affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island, and then moved back to Louisiana to work as a sideline reporter. Before moving to Vermont, I spent about four years serving as sideline reporter for the LHSAA Game of the Week on Fox Sports Southwest, and for the Southland Conference Game of the Week. I also did freelance sports reporting covering many of the other teams in Louisiana.

What is the most challenging story you've ever done?

Depends on the way you want to use challenging, but taking it literally, I’ve done a number of stories where I was “challenged”. It’s a segment called Darin’ Erin. The segment was a unique way to highlight the accomplishments of the people in our viewing area, while having a little fun at the same time.

From going off a water ski jump, playing ice hockey and skydiving, to spending a few days at Parris Island with the Marines, through the segment, I’ve had the opportunity to do a number of fun challenges.

What are your hobbies?

I consider myself a bit of an adult sports warrior. I like to play co-ed softball (so if you ever need a girl, let me know!) I also played sand volleyball for the past few years. I am very excited to be back in New England where it’s snows… so that I can snowmobile with my family, and go snowboarding. I just bought a new Burton Board last year, and it about time I get to break it in!

What are your favorite sports teams?

For college sports, I’m a big LSU fan. Before living in Louisiana, I hadn’t experienced what big time college football was like. If you ever get a chance to catch and SEC Football game, take it. And if you’ve got an extra ticket, bring me.

I’m a Saints fan as well. I first really started paying attention to the NFL on a regular basis when I went to school in New Orleans. It wasn’t always easy being a Saints fan at the time, but it sure did get better in the coming years. As a child, we didn’t watch much football on the weekends because my brother played pee-wee, and my sister and I cheered for. Once winter hit, we spent the weekends at the mountain – my dad used to race snowmobiles professionally.

I’m a Red Sox fan, and I don’t really have a favorite NBA team, however I’m Carmelo Anthony fan – my freshman year at Syracuse was the one year he spent with the Orange – leading them to the a National Championship.

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