(October 7, 2016) When Kevin Piel moved from Ohio to Texas for a minor league baseball job last Spring, he assumed he would be returning to Ohio for the off-season. Instead, Piel is staying in the Lone Star State to call play-by-play for Texas A&M-Kingsville.
In addition to broadcasting the complete football schedule, Piel will broadcast home games for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball for the NCAA Division II university.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity,” Piel grins.
The opportunity with TAMUK started taking shape in May, shortly after Piel began working as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with minor league baseball’s Corpus Christi Hooks. “I was told by some co-workers with the Hooks that they were looking to make a change and start fresh,” he says. “Also, the previous play-by-play guy was only doing football and that was it. They needed someone who wanted to do more.”
Piel will also host TAMUK coaches shows.
As a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Piel gained play-by-play experience in various sports on the campus radio station. He also broadcast summer collegiate baseball during his junior and senior years. Upon graduating, Piel did freelance play-by-play for Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network in Toledo.