About Us

Prof Walz

Is an Assistant Professor Sport Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University and teaches  sport marketing, sport business, esports and global study intensives. Corporate Director for Crown, Sports & For Profit Boards.

As social distancing was taking its toll on everyone, Joe and I were concerned that while sports were on pause, so were sports conversation and creation. We wanted to develop a way to unite our students and the sports community by providing a space for the sports industry and sports academics to collaborate. Thus, SportTokz with SportProfz was born”

Prof Joe

Is an Associate Professor Sport Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University and teaches multi-camera studio production as well as documentary production. PhD Candidate – OISE / Sports Producer-Director

“The response to our show from the industry and our students has been overwhelmingly positive. Our viewership ranges from first-year students to alumni from various FCAD programs. We also have current professionals in the industry reaching out to us asking how to get involved as they are eager to hop on and connect with our students.”

Dan “THE COACH” Berlin

Dan is a Ryerson instructor and baseball coach, he always strives to inspire, motivate and bring out the best in his students and players. Dan always finds a creative and entertaining approach to storytelling, whether it’s producing major sporting events for television or providing hot takes on the NFL for CTV.

Dan ‘The Coach’ Berlin hosts “Profz’ Rapid Fire Q’z” where he fires 1-word answer questions to our Spotlight Speaker.

“I’m amazed just how open and honest our featured guests are on the show. Since its inception, SportTokz provides an inclusive forum where everyone is invited and encouraged to candidly share their insights about the big issues facing the sporting world and media industry today.”

Chelsea Vern

Ryerson University new graduate from our faculty’s Professional Communications program and currently pursuing a Master of Digital Media at Ryerson. Chelsea is also the Marketing/Media Coordinator at the GXSLab where she oversees the Digital Management of SportTokz and content production for the Lab’s roster of clients.

Chelsea is the Executive Producer and Art Director of SportTokz. She manages a team of Ryerson students who work with us to maintain our social media presence via content production, website, podcast post-production, and weekly scripts/run-of-show for our live recordings.

I am forever grateful that Laurel Walzak & Joseph Recupero trusted me with their brand to build a platform that has seen many incredible speakers and focuses on critical issues in sports. These topics are not widely discussed in mainstream media so it is pretty inspiring to work with university professors that are passionate about creating a space for these conversations to be had under an academic lens. This is the evolution & innovation of sports media people!

Our history

On March 20, 2020, Prof Joe and Prof Walz, were having a glass of wine over Zoom Video Conferencing vs. in person due to the global state and impact of the COVID19 (Corona Virus) causing people in the world to self-isolate to #FlattenTheCurve. During that time, they realized that #SocialDistancing although required and necessary it was socially and mentally tough on them and they felt that likely it was going to be tough on their students and their sports community and so while they were Video Conference Socializing they decided keep united and set up times for socialization and sports talk. They wondered if others would want to join them in conversation as well, hence #SportTokz with SportProfz was born.

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