(June 4, 2013) STAA client Kyle Cooper is joining the Missoula Osprey as play-by-play broadcaster and media relations assistant. The Osprey are the rookie affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cooper will call every Osprey game, home and away this season on the O’s new radio nest, ESPN Montana 97.5 FM and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. He’ll also contribute to the Osprey’s official website and their blog, “Bird Droppings” as well as serving as a contact for the media.
The Osprey found Cooper after asking STAA for help in filling their vacancy. “The position came open relatively late in the off-season,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “As they had with their last opening, the Osprey asked us to share the job with STAA clients so the team wouldn’t have to deal with a time-consuming public search.”
It’s the second consecutive time the Osprey have hired an STAA client as their radio voice. In 2007 they hired Ben Catley who remained as the voice of the team before leaving this spring to pursue other opportunities.
Cooper comes to the Osprey after five seasons with the Princeton (W.V.) Rays of the Appalachian League, the Rookie-level affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. During his time with the Rays, “Coop”, as he is known to his listeners, simultaneously served as the Sports Information Director at Concord University (W.V.) and was the Mountain Lions’ play-by-play voice for football, basketball and baseball. Cooper was also a member of the West Virginia Tournament Network’s coverage of the conference’s basketball and baseball playoffs.
“We are excited to have a broadcaster with the professional pedigree of Kyle Cooper to call Osprey baseball,” said Osprey Vice President/General Manager Jeff Griffin. “While Ben will be missed, Kyle is a quality individual and I look forward to him bringing his own flare to Osprey baseball this summer.”
(Visit Kyle’s STAA Talent Page).