The University of Mary Washington athletic department is proud to announce the addition of Sam Ravech to its basketball broadcasts for the 2017-18 season. Ravech, the voice of the San Francisco Giants' AA team in Richmond, joins long time voice of the Eagles Mike Neville, who will be in his 12th season as voice of the Eagles. Ravech is the son of ESPN Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech.
"We're excited to welcome Sam Ravech to our Eagle team," said UMW Director of Athletics Ken Tyler. "I got see him first-hand when I was his guest during a Squirrels radio broadcast this summer, and it was obvious that Sam is talented and a pro even at a relatively young age. Sam has been around the business his whole life and I know our fans will enjoy his commentary this basketball season."
Ravech graduated from Pepperdine University in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. He is currently the youngest play-by-play broadcaster in AA baseball. Sam dreamed of following in his father's footsteps and during college did play-by-play broadcasting for Pepperdine Athletics. Sam has interned at NBC CT and ESPN, where he provided play-by-play commentary for the Little League World Series.
UMW Basketball opens on November 15, with Ravech joining Neville for the women's game against Washington & Lee University at 6 p.m. The broadcast can be seen at umweagles.com.