Thursday was a bittersweet day for me. After four years as the play-by-play Voice of the Gateway Grizzlies & a broadcaster for both SIUE and McKendree University, I accepted a position with New Mexico State University (Division I/WAC).
First off, I want to thank everyone with the Grizzlies, Cougars and Bearcats for giving a young fresh out of college 22-year-old a chance four years ago. Also a big thanks to Saint Louis University and Washington University-St. Louis and every other organization/college I've called games for the last four years.
This decision wasn't an easy one. I grew up in St. Louis and have been able to settle in near my hometown and do what I love. I called games for teams and colleges I grew up watching and was a short drive away from family. I was happy, but not content. I was still searching for that 'big break' and I feel like I got it with my new job at New Mexico State University.
The TV broadcasts and coaches shows will be airing on FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX College Sports, Comcast in New Mexico, Altitude Sports and ESPN 3.
I'll be leaving for New Mexico next Wednesday morning and my first assigment is on September 5th. My first Football TV play-by-play game will be on September 20th when New Mexico State takes on New Mexico on FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Arizona & FOX College Sports.
I'll be finishing the Grizzlies road trip with games this weekend in Washington, Pennsylvania. I will also do the first inning Tuesday night before officially handing things over to Sam Levitt for the rest of the season. It looks like the Grizzlies will be doing a little ceremony on-field during the second inning Tuesday night.
It's hard to leave the St. Louis area, but this opportunity is to great to pass up. Thanks to everyone who has listened along the way. Go Aggies.