(August 22, 2014) Two years ago, Adam Young was a finalist to join the broadcast team at New Mexico State University. When the position re-opened this summer, Young applied again. This time, he got it. An STAA client, Young is joining the Aggies radio and TV teams after four years with minor league baseball’s Gateway Grizzlies.
“I think I still had to mature as a broadcaster,” Young says of his 2012 pursuit of the NMSU position. “I’ve worked extremely hard at this craft the last four years and I feel like each year I’ve been able to get better and better.”
With NMSU, Young will do mostly TV, but some radio, for Aggies women’s basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball. He will also do at least three NMSU football telecasts, and host a variety of coaches shows.
“Their games and coaches shows are aired on the likes of Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Southwest, Comcast, Altitude Sports and ESPN 3. The exposure will be terrific.”
Young replaces fellow STAA client Jay Sanderson, who left Las Cruces last month to take over as the play-by-play voice at Montana State University. Young learned about the NMSU opportunity through STAA.
“Without STAA I would never have known about this position,” says Young, who has been an STAA client since 2009. “Thanks to [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik for all of his help in my career.”
“When this position opened in 2012, it was immediately prior to the start of school,” says Chelesnik. “Because time was of the essence, the school asked STAA to send the opening exclusively to our clients. They liked the process and followed the same plan this time around.”
In addition to play-by-play, Young worked in media relations and sales with the Gateway Grizzlies. He has also been serving in recent years as the voice of women’s basketball at SIU-Edwardsville, and for various sports at Washington University-St. Louis and McKendree University. At New Mexico State, he gets to focus on one school and one responsibility – sportscasting.
“For the first time in my career I will have the chance to just call games and work for just one university. Now, I can attend practices and devote all of my time to just my broadcasts. Instead of having to cram for three broadcasts in three days at three different universities, I can focus solely on the New Mexico State Aggies.”
Young will be in Las Cruces this coming Thursday for the Aggies football opener. Between now and then, his life will be a whirlwind.
“I will be finishing off the road trip the Grizzlies are currently on. I was offered the job Thursday when we were in Cleveland. Now we are in Pittsburgh Friday-Sunday and then we head back home after the game Sunday. My final full Grizzlies broadcast will be Sunday. We have an off day Monday. On Tuesday the Grizzlies start a home stand and I will do the play-by-play of the first inning as my farewell inning before being recognized in an on-field ceremony.”
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