(October 27, 2016) You never know when one opportunity might lead to another. After Will DeBoer finished broadcasting the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, MD he asked his boss if he knew of additional play-by-play opportunities. DeBoer was told about a tandem opening featuring University of Maryland-Eastern Shore men’s basketball and DelMarva Shorebirds Class-A baseball. DeBoer applied and got the job.
“Baseball and basketball are my two favorite sports, and between the Shorebirds and the Hawks men and women I’ll get to broadcast almost 200 games a year,” says DeBoer.
DeBoer spent last summer as a broadcasting/media relations assistant with the York Revolution Baseball Club. He’s also called games for the Kalamazoo Growlers and DuPage County Hounds. While earning his Masters degree in broadcasting and production at Columbus State University in Georgia, he broadcast CSU basketball. In 2015, DeBoer was ranked by STAA among the nation’s Top 20 collegiate sports broadcasters.
A 2014 graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI, DeBoer is eager for life to start settling down a bit. “I’m looking forward to having guaranteed year-round work doing both [UMES and Delmarva]. Also, I recognize not every broadcaster my age has two major gigs within a few miles of each other. It will be nice to get to live in once place for awhile.”
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