(February 18, 2015) One week after reactivating his STAA membership following a year away, Derek Diesner has been chosen to fill-in on four broadcasts this week for Learfield Sports and the University of Oklahoma.
Diesner will call play-by-play for the Sooners baseball games this week in Tempe, AZ.
Learfield routinely consults STAA when they have free-lance opportunities for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. Last week, when Learfield VP of Broadcasting Tom Boman used STAA member Grant Tunkel on a University of Maine men’s basketball broadcast, Boman said, “As usual, when I’m in a pinch, I go to the Talent Search on the STAA website and listen to Jon’s client’s,” says Boman. “More proof that the website works.”
Diesner’s baseball play-by-play experience is extensive. It includes Arizona Western College, the Charleston RiverDogs and the Lake County Fielders. He is currently the Sports Information Director at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix.
“Getting this chance to call Division 1 baseball for a prominent program like Oklahoma, is something else,” says Diesner. “This was very unexpected, but I couldn’t be more thrilled! I feel like being able to call these games and meet some of the people from OU and Learfield can only help my career and hopefully help me land a full time job for calling baseball games either at the collegiate or professional level.
“I am super excited for this opportunity and really appreciate what STAA did for me.”
(Visit Derek’s STAA Talent Page).