Every summer, my wife and I head to the Jersey Shore. We love spending time in Wildwood. We are also fortunate that my sister owns a beach house in Brigantine. When we head there, we make sure to have dinner with Towson Hall of Fame coach and my football broadcast partner Gordy Combs and his wife Cindy. For those that don't know, Gordy is a beach bum now who lives in Ventnor. He and Cindy have a beautiful home just a hop, skip and a jump from the Atlantic Ocean.
So this weekend, I'm headed back to the Jersey Shore. No suntan lotion and bathing suits though, just a suitcase and a microphone. The Towson men's basketball team is taking part in the Boardwalk Battle on Friday and Saturday. For the Tigers, it is their final two nonconference games before CAA play commences on Dec. 28 in Elon, North Carolina. The Tigers will play one more nonconference game on Jan. 9 at SECU Arena against Cornell.
Last year, Towson won two nonconference tournaments: one in Florida and one in Northern Ireland. Head coach Pat Skerry
and his young squad would love to put another trophy in the case. To do that, they will have to win Friday against American Athletic Conference member Tulane. The Tigers and the Green Wave have never met on the hardwood.
If the Tigers get past Tulane, they will face either La Salle or Alabama A&M. Towson beat LaSalle last year in the first round in Belfast and the Tigers have never faced Alabama A&M. It will be a lot of fun to watch how this team does in AC.
As we wind down 2018, I'd like to take a moment to thank a bunch of folks who make being a play-by-play announcer at Towson a joy. First off, my broadcast partners Gordy Combs and Hunter Lochte. There are many broadcast teams that may sound like they like each other on the air but once the mics are turned off they may never speak. Not here. Gordy and Hunter are people you like to be around all the time. I really love working with these two.
Thank you to the three outstanding head coaches I work closely with: Rob Ambrose
, Pat Skerry
and Shawn Nadelen
. They are always accessible. Towson is lucky to have these great men.
The sports information department that has to put up with me. Dave Vatz
, Rob Knox
and especially John Stark
. John is the unfortunate soul that has to edit this blog every week. For that alone he deserved the Doyle Smith Sports Information/Media Award for sports information excellence he was given a few weeks ago A bit of trivia, Pete Schlehr
, the SID Emeritus at Towson was the first Tiger winner of the Doyle Smith Award, given for SID excellence in lacrosse. With John Stark
winning the award, Towson may be the only school to have two winners.
Thank you to Ben Rosenbaum
and all the crew at the Towson Sports Network. They make sure everything works to get the games on the air, and the coaches shows produced.
Thanks to Tim Leonard
, Dan Crowley
and Tricia Brandenburg. They make the whole sha-bang go. Also thanks to one of the newest athletic department member, Mike Gathagan
. Mike is the newest senior associate athletic director and he has already made a great impact.
Working with all these folks makes it fun to be a part of Towson Athletics. But the two biggest thank you go to the student-athletes, which is why we are here in the first place, and the fans and supporters of Towson Athletics. Without you guys, well, we have no athletic department.
Here's to a great 2019.
Until next week, GO TIGERS!!!