To attempt to summarize my life in just a few words seems both difficult and trivial, but they say that’s the definition of a bio.
Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1990, I quickly became involved in sports and played baseball, football and golf whenever my dad, Chris, felt like chasing me around for an hour or so. In an effort to get to a better school district, my family moved to the suburbs when I was nine. I attended a big school, and by the time I got to high school, I picked golf as my sport of choice.
I lettered four years in high school and went on to play for Grand Rapids Community College for a year before ending up at Michigan State University where I began studying journalism. I got to State and found out about a sportswriting internship offered by isportsweb.com, and jumped at the opportunity to begin my sportswriting career. I began humbly as an unpaid intern covering the Detroit Lions, trying to make a name for myself in the murky seas of sports journalism.
It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy writing; I certainly did. But it seemed to me that there was something bigger out there. I finished my internship at isportsweb after nearly two years and when the site’s co-founder and CEO, Joe White, offered me a full-time position recruiting and building the site, I couldn’t say no.
I built the isportsweb brand for more than a year, helping more than 300 students get started in sports journalism, offering them the same opportunity that Joe offered me back in 2011.
However, in 2014, I decided to make a difficult career change and began pursuing positions in play-by-play announcing, something that has been a dream of mine for years. I have worked for several different outlets, broadcasting football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.
Currently, I work for the Muskegon Lumberjacks as their play-by-play broadcaster.