Responsibilities: To tell the story of University of Florida athletics from the inside by hopefully giving readers (and Gator fans) some insight not available through traditional media outlets; a peek behind the curtain if you will. While my colleague, Scott Carter, is the chief football guy, I’m basically embedded with Mike White and his basketball team from October to April.
Alma Mater/Degree/Year: University of South Florida (Mass Communications), Class of ’83.
Hometown: Born in Washington, D.C. Raised in Arlington, Va.
UAA staff since: November 2011
In their own words…
What is your favorite memory as a UAA employee?
Besides my relationship with Billy Donovan? That’s easy: March 8, 2014. That was the day the No. 1-ranked Gators men’s basketball dismantled Kentucky 84-65 to finish the regular season with the first perfect 18-0 Southeastern Conference mark in league history. The record wasn’t what made that afternoon special. It seeing the joy and adulation showered upon the quartet of Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather, and Will Yeguete from the packed O’Dome crowd that witnessed an unparalleled “Senior Day” to put an orange-and-blue exclamation point on a record-setting season. That team (that amazing team) went on to win the SEC Tournament by beating Kentucky a third time (first school to do that since 1979) and advance to the Final Four with a school-record 30-game winning streak, doing so with a roster featuring not one player drafted by the NBA. Call me when another program in a major conference does that. Ever.
What is the best part about your job?
A chance to see things from the other side. I spent nearly 30 years as a newspaper reporter writing about teams, coaches, and players. Since coming to work at UF, my context of how athletics operate — the highs and lows; the preparation and training; the fallout behind the scenes — has changed, thanks to the new lens from which I now watch it all unfold.
What do you like to do “off the field”?
I enjoy spending time with my family, making physical fitness a priority, and following closely the failures of my hometown’s professional sports teams.