(August 10, 2017) Mark Inserra wanted a full-time job that included sports play-by-play. He found it through an STAA job lead. Inserra is joining Texas A&M University-Kingsville as a Play-by-Play Broadcaster/Sports Information Assistant.
“I was looking for an SID job that was full time and would also give me the chance to be the No. 1 play-by-play broadcaster. This was a job that offered me both of those opportunities,” Inserra says excitedly.
In his new role, Inserra will serve as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for Javelina football and select home and post-season games in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball softball and volleyball. He’ll also host a weekly football coaches show, work in media relations, help maintain the department website and assist with streaming, video editing, graphics, statistics, and social media.
Many of the responsibilities are similar to what Inserra has been doing for the past year as Associate Athletic Director-Communications at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN.
“It was not easy to decide if I should take [the TAMUK position] because I really enjoyed my time at Carson-Newman, but after talking to several people who I trust, it became apparent that the best thing for me to do was to accept the offer,” says Inserra.
“I learned so much at Carson-Newman and improved in so many areas and it gave me the confidence to take on a new challenge. I’m very grateful to Adam Cavalier, Michael Wottreng, Eric Cain and Billy Spunkmeyer. I wouldn’t have gotten this job if I hadn’t spent so much time learning from them over the past 12 months.”
Broadcasting games is what Inserra has always wanted to do. “A job like this involves a number of different responsibilities, but the chance to do play-by-play for football, basketball, baseball and some of the other sports that Texas A&M-Kingsville offers was one of the things that really excited me.”
A 2011 graduate of Marist College, Inserra’s resume includes stops with minor league baseball’s Charleston RiverDogs and Beloit Snappers, and one season calling Wilkes University football and basketball in Pennsylvania.
Inserra has been an STAA member since 2012.
“I wouldn’t have found out about this opportunity if it wasn’t for STAA,” he says. “I wouldn’t have gotten my first job in this field five years ago if it wasn’t for STAA, so I guess you could say it’s been an invaluable resource for me.”
(Visit Mark’s STAA Talent Page).