Dayton, Ohio-The Dayton Dragons today announced the addition of Brendan Gulick as Media Relations and Broadcasting assistant for the 2014 season. He will work with Dragons Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting Tom Nichols on game broadcasts on the Dragons flagship radio station, WONE 980 AM. Games can also be heard via the internet at daytondragons.com and wone.com.
Nichols returns for his seventh season with the Dragons as Director of Broadcasting and 27th year in professional baseball in 2014. He will handle play-by-play for the 25 Dragons television broadcasts on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 and the remaining 115 home and road radio broadcasts.
Gulick, a 2013 graduate of John Carroll University, was selected last year as one of the top 10 college sports broadcasters in the nation by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA), as judged by a panel of many of the top sportscasters in America. He was selected as one of 20 STAA All-Americans in both 2012 and 2013 and was the highest-rated college broadcaster in Ohio both years.
Gulick brings extensive baseball experience to the Dragons broadcast booth and media relations department. He previously worked in media relations for the Cleveland Indians, concentrating on the club's minor league system. He spent the 2013 season as a baseball broadcaster for the Rockford Aviators, a professional independent team in the Frontier League. In 2012, he announced games for the Lorain County Ironmen, a college summer league team in the Prospect League. He broadcast baseball and other sports at John Carroll University and worked in the school's Sports Information Department. He also completed an internship with the Lake County Captains of the Midwest League. Most recently, he served as the lead play-by-play voice of Southwestern Oklahoma State University for football and basketball.
Gulick is a native of the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, Ohio and attended St. Ignatius High School.
The Dragons are pleased to add Gulick to an impressive list of young broadcasters who have served as the #2 announcer with the team since the Dragons inception in 2000. Several Dragons #2 announcers have gone directly from Dayton to primary announcing positions with other Minor League Baseball clubs.
- Alex Vispoli (2009 Dragons) currently serves as the voice of the Class-AA Frisco Rough Riders, where he will begin his third season in 2014. Vispoli moved from Dayton to become the voice of the Winston-Salem Dash in 2010 and remained there for two seasons before advancing to Frisco.
- Mike Couzens (2011 Dragons) is entering his third season as the voice of the Fort Wayne TinCaps in the Midwest League and works frequently on ESPN.
- Owen Serey advanced from the Dragons #2 slot in 2008 to become the voice of the South Bend Silver Hawks in the Midwest League and spent three seasons in that role.
- Nick Anastos (2010 Dragons) currently serves as a sportscaster for WGAM Radio in greater Boston.
- Andrew Africk (2012 Dragons) is the studio host for Texas Christian University sports and a producer for IMG broadcasting.
- Bill Spaulding (2013 Dragons) is a play-by-play announcer for the Ivy League Digital Network, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Bill was selected as the #1 college broadcaster in the nation by STAA in 2012.
Two previous announcers who worked as Dragons # 2 broadcasters, Mike Benton (2004 Dragons) and Nick Brunker (2005 Dragons) are now working in the East Coast Hockey League. Benton is the voice of the Alaska Aces after working with the Stockton Thunder for eight seasons. Brunker is in his fourth season as the voice of the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Mike Vander Woude, the lead voice of the Dragons from 2000-'07, returned to work a limited schedule of Dragons broadcasts in 2013 and will be back in that role again this season. Vander Woude spent five seasons as the voice of the Class-AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (now known as the RailRiders) after leaving the Dragons.
The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Dragons have been recognized for their active streak of 983 consecutive sold-out dates, the highest total in North American sports history. The Dragons have finished first in full-season attendance for teams below the Triple-A level for eight straight years and ranked fifth among all Minor League Baseball clubs in 2013.