What did you do right after graduation?
After finishing at the top of my class, I took my talents to the University of Kentucky... Here I did not finish at the top of my class. I did learn many valuable lessons and started my career before finishing with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Describe DeSales in three words.
One Loving Community
Where are you and what are you doing now?
My days begin Monday-Friday talking sports from 7-9 a.m. on Big X Sports Radio (96.1-FM, 1450-AM). After delivering scorching hot takes and sarcasm, I head over to the blog at Kentucky Sports Radio where I primarily focus on football and recruiting. I've been reporting from UK football practices and games since before Mark Stoops was in Lexington. In addition to the various podcasts and videos I create, I also juggle “dad duty” as the proud pop of five-month-old Duke.
What do you like most about what you are doing?
I grew up cheering for the Wildcats in the stands. Now, I follow the team wherever they play. Work isn't really "work" when you're standing next to Benny Snell on the field at “The Swamp” as the team is singing "My Old Kentucky Home" after their first victory over Florida in decades. It's even more rewarding when the relationships I've developed with players can make an impact on someone else's life, even if it is something as small as a Happy Birthday message to a kid from Josh Allen.
What is your favorite memory about DeSales?
Picking just one memory is impossible. Of course, playing in the 2A State Championship and the All A Classic final take the cake, but the real moments of joy were the seemingly mundane, everyday moments with my friends. Even though sometimes we may have taken things too far -- like bringing snowballs into the classroom or dunking someone into a locker -- it was all in good fun.
What classes and learning experiences did you have at DeSales that are beneficial to the work you do?
I never knew when I agreed to become the yearbook editor that I was preparing for a career as a writer. As you can see if you check out the 2010 edition of The Yearling, I learned a valuable lesson in proofreading.
What advice do you have for current (or potential) students at DeSales?
Don't be afraid of where you're going, so long as you remember where you came from. I learned more life lessons by escaping my comfort zone. During trying times, I leaned onto the building blocks I formed at DeSales, making me the man I am today.
Do you still stay in touch with any of your DeSales friends?
One of the worst side effects of living in the pandemic is the postponement of our weekly poker game. Instead, I must resort to beating my old DeSales friends in games of golf at Iroquois.