(November 20, 2014) Brendan Gulick loves Ohio. He attended high school and college in Cleveland, he spent last summer broadcasting baseball in Dayton, and now he is joining the radio team at the University of Cincinnati. An STAA member, Gulick is the new play-by-play voice of Bearcats women’s basketball and baseball.
There is also potential for soccer and volleyball broadcasts next fall.
“I’ve been blessed to work in Ohio,” says Gulick. “I’m a Cleveland native and I have family in Southwestern Ohio. I have a wonderful family and faithful friends who have supported my career. Living and working geographically close to them means so much to me – I love sharing my journey with them. Truthfully, they’re as much a part of this as I am; I even lived with my brother, sister-in-law and niece last summer while working for the Dayton Dragons.”
The UC position opened three days after the season had already tipped-off. The former women’s basketball voice took on additional duties within the university’s athletic department that were going to preclude him from doing the games. The school posted the play-by-play opening on the STAA website and hired Gulick within 48 hours.
“It’s amazing how quickly things can happen,” says Gulick. “I feel so fortunate that this opportunity opened up. I’m thrilled to get right to work next week. UC Athletics has a great reputation regionally and nationally. The facilities are beautiful and there is a clear commitment to the development of student-athletes on and off the field. Jamelle Elliot and Ty Neal are incredibly well respected coaches in the industry and in the community. I am eager to work with them as they continue to strengthen their relationships with Bearcat fans nationwide.”
Being a professional freelance broadcaster has its challenges, but Gulick says it can also be advantageous.
“It forces you to constantly update your demo, focus on building lasting relationships with other broadcasters you respect, and continually look to improve your ability on-air. It’s a never-ending process.”
Since finishing the summer with the Dayton Dragons, Gulick has kept busy with a variety of freelance play-by-play jobs at John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace University. Those jobs moved his career forward and helped keep him patient.
“Lots of times, things don’t happen on the timeline that you want them to, and I kept reminding myself that the next opportunity could pop up at any minute. Patience is tough, but I surround myself with people who care about my well being and I take things one day at a time. Plus, using the countless resources STAA offers kept me focused on the right things. I think when you take all of that into account, you’ll be ready when the job you’re meant to have opens up, especially if it’s unanticipated.
“I’m excited for the next phase of my career. Go Bearcats!”
(Visit Brendan’s STAA Talent Page).