John McGuire enters his 18th year as Navy's Director of Video Operations. Since coming to the Naval Academy in 1996, he has overseen the growth of the Ricketts Hall video department to its present standing as one of the best in collegiate athletics.
In 2004, McGuire helped with the renovation of the football offices and meeting rooms to insure their compatibility with the latest state-of-the-art digital and computer technology. Coaches and players can gain instant access to the information most important in preparing for the opponent each week. The capabilities of the system networked throughout the building allow meeting and film study time to be used in an extremely efficient manner with minimal waste during an always busy day. The addition and continual upgrade of this system assures Navy football of being technologically compatible well into the new century.
In the spring of 2009 a new editing system, DVSport, was installed in both the football and men's lacrosse offices. This system's capabilities allow even more latitude for the coaches and players to make the most efficient use of their time. Laptop technology allows video to be viewed and studied at the office, on the road or at home.
While keeping in step with the latest advances, the video department is also working to preserve Navy's rich athletic past. Football films from as far back as the 1926 Army-Navy game in Chicago have recently been transferred to a video format.
A native of Philadelphia, McGuire is a 1978 graduate of Villanova, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing. He came to the Naval Academy from Rutgers, where he served as Director of Video Operations for four years. While at Rutgers, McGuire was instrumental in the development of the state-of-the-art integrated video system installed in Rutgers' new stadium, constructed in 1994.
Prior to Rutgers, McGuire worked for Tucker Sport Films of Philadelphia for 15 years. During this period, he became the Film Coordinator for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars of the United States Football League.
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