(November 4, 2015) Many sports broadcasters would love to call NCAA Division I college basketball in the winter and minor league baseball in the summer. Brendan Gulick gets to do both in the same city. An STAA member, Gulick is the new voice for University of Maryland-Eastern Shore basketball and Delmarva Shorebirds baseball, the Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Both UMES and the Shorebirds are located in Salisbury, MD.
“I am so appreciative to have the chance to further my career in both Division I collegiate athletics and professional baseball,” says Gulick. “The unique dual-nature of this opportunity was really appealing to me and I’m grateful that UMES and the Shorebirds are willing to work collaboratively with me.”
The UMES job opened unexpectedly last month. Since they didn’t have time for a lengthy search and they had used STAA in the past, the university asked STAA for recommendations.
“The UMES broadcaster has often doubled as the voice of the Shorebirds,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “However, the baseball team doesn’t usually hire its broadcaster until after the first of the year. I suggested we could get a better broadcaster if we could get both the school and the team to approve that person before the start of basketball season. The folks at UMES worked hard to make it happen.”
A 2013 graduate of John Carroll University in Ohio, Gulick has broadcast a variety of collegiate sports for his alma mater, and for Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Case Western Reserve and Baldwin Wallace. His baseball experience includes time with the Rockford Aviators and Dayton Dragons. Gulick spent last winter as the voice of University of Cincinnati women’s basketball.
“I wasn’t actively seeking a new opportunity, but the rare combination of these two jobs really caught my attention. After having met several people with UMES and Delmarva, I know I’ll quickly find a home in Salisbury.”
For Gulick, one of the exciting aspects of the UMES job is the places the Hawks play this season. Their schedule includes games at Michigan State, Maryland, Georgetown, Missouri, Kansas State and Pittsburgh.
“I think most people that get into this business want to call games in loud, crowded arenas and I’m hoping I can feed off that energy on the air,” says Gulick.
Gulick has been an STAA member for nearly four years. “STAA’s services have provided the framework of my career,” he says. “I’m thankful to have begun using the many tools STAA offers while I was still a student at John Carroll University because it gave me a strong foundation with which to work.
“I have particularly enjoyed attending the One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success Seminar each year because I’ve got to meet so many talented sportscasters who have helped me grow personally and professionally. That being said, the biggest asset in my mind is having my own professional-looking Talent Page with my resume and demos readily available. I appreciate what STAA has done in helping me build my career.”
(Visit Brendan’s STAA Talent Page).