Biography

Play-by-Play/Studio Host: ESPN, ESPN Wide World of Sports, ASUN Conference, Lax Sports Network

Tom is a TV Play-by-Play & Studio Host for multiple college & pro sports for the ESPN family of networks, ESPN Wide World of Sports, the ASUN Conference, & Lax Sports Network. His work includes College Basketball (ESPN & FloSports), College Football (ESPN), Major League Lacrosse (LSN), College & International Soccer (ESPN), Pro Watercross (CBS Sports Network), Softball (ESPN), Volleyball (ESPN), Baseball (ESPN), Tennis (ESPN). Tom hosted the first-ever show in the new state-of-the-art ESPN Studio at the Disney Complex

*Regular gigs include:

-ESPN Wide World of Sports (ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN+)

-College Basketball: “Junkanoo Jam” Tournament in Bimini, “Duel In The Desert” in Las Vegas (FloSports)

-ASUN Conference Championships: Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Beach Volleyball, & Men’s Tennis, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony emcee (ESPN)

-Lacrosse Sports Network (LSN): Play-by-Play for the State of Florida

-FGCU Men’s & Women’s Basketball (ESPN)

-Stetson Football, Men’s & Women’s Basketball (ESPN)

TV/Documentary Host/Play-by-Play: FGCU

From 2010 to the present, Tom has done Play-by-Play & TV hosting for Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Dunk City. Over the past ten (10) years, three (3) of those as “Voice of the Eagles”, Tom has called hundreds of Men’s & Women’s Basketball games for FGCU’s ESPN+/3, radio, & internet broadcasts. That includes Men’s games at Duke, Indiana, TCU, & Toledo as well as NCAA Tournament & NIT games, and ESPN’s annual “Midnight Madness” specials live from Dunk City.

During FGCU’s magical March Madness run of 2013, Tom traveled with the team to the Sweet 16 in Dallas. He subsequently hosted the Chris Nealon-produced TV documentary “Dunk City: We Are FGCU” chronicling the Cinderella run, which aired throughout Southwest Florida on WGCU-TV (PBS). In May 2014, “Dunk City: We Are FGCU” won a 2014 Telly Award in the Television Documentary category. In Fall 2014, Tom hosted and Co-Produced (with Nealon) the documentary sequel, “The Dunk City Effect”. In November 2014, “The Dunk City Effect” premiered on WGCU-TV (PBS). Tom was Host and Co-Producer (again with Nealon) and was responsible for the original concept of the FGCU Women’s Basketball 2015 documentary, “Raining 3s,” on WGCU-TV (PBS). To date, this trilogy of documentaries has over 50,000 views on YouTube.

From 2010 to 2012, Tom hosted FGCU’s first-ever Men’s & Women’s Basketball Coaches Shows, and the school’s first-ever weekly 30-minute TV magazine, the “FGCU Sports Report” (produced by WGCU), covering all of FGCU’s Men’s & Women’s sports.

Tom has also called Eagles baseball (including FGCU’s 2012 upset of the #1 ranked Florida in Gainesville and the 2013 road sweep of the Gators) & FGCU softball games (including the 2012 trip to the NCAA Tournament).

Along with broadcasting, Tom has emceed multiple Men’s & Women’s Basketball Banquets, as well as the “Dunk City: We Are FGCU,” “The Dunk City Effect,” and “Raining 3s” premiere screenings for FGCU.

Television Sports Anchor

A 2-time Edward R. Murrow Award Winner & 2-time NBC-TV Sports Director/Anchor in Charlottesville, Virginia (WVIR) and Fort Myers/Naples, Florida (WBBH), Tom has covered the NFL (Super Bowl/Playoffs, Redskins, Bucs, & Dolphins beats), SEC & ACC basketball & football (multiple bowl games, UVA, Gators, Seminoles, & Hurricanes beats), MLB, NBA, NASCAR, hockey, golf, & tennis. Tom also created & launched “The Dream 18,” a weekly series featuring the most challenging golf courses in Southwest Florida and he conceived & introduced “Tom’s Top Performer” to Southwest Florida, featuring a high school scholar/athlete of the week.

Beginnings

Tom got his start in his hometown of Ocala, Florida as a 17-year-old Part-time Sportswriter & Golf Columnist at the Ocala Star-Banner and Morning Sports Anchor in local radio. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a degree in Radio/Television Communications. During his college years, Tom did Play-by-Play for UCF football, basketball, & baseball, was a DJ for WUCF radio, writer for the student newspaper, and along with a few friends, helped launch UCF’s first ever completely independent, student-run TV magazine, “UCF Up Close.” Post-graduation, he worked as an Associate Producer at Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, before landing his first on-air TV Sports gig.

Articles & Awards

· Finalist: 2018 Communicator of the Year Award

· Telly Award – Host of TV Documentary “Dunk City: We Are FGCU!”

· Feature article: Ocala’s Good Life magazine, 2014

· Cover article: Downtown Neighbors magazine, 2013

· Feature article: Believe In A Cure magazine, UF Shands Cancer Center News, 2012

· Feature article: RSW Living magazine, Southwest Florida people “Making Waves”, 2012

· Feature article: Pinnacle magazine, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2011

· Feature article: Ocala Style magazine, 2003

· Edward R. Murrow Award from RTNDA, for NASCAR feature story, 2003

· Best Sportscaster, Gulfshore Life: The Magazine of Southwest Florida, 2002

· WINK Radio’s TV’s Hunkiest Hunk of SW Florida, 2002

· Associated Press Award “Best Sports Video”, 2001

· Edward R. Murrow Award from RTNDA, for wrestling feature story, 1999

· Best Year-Round Sports Coverage Award from the Virginia AP Broadcasters, 1998 & 1997

Community Involvement

· Emcee: 2019 “An Evening With Terry Bradshaw”/Scot Brantley Trophy Event

· Emcee: 2019 ASUN Conference Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

· Emcee: 2019 Kiwanis Sportsman’s Dinner

· Emcee: 2018, 2019 United Way Blingo Fundraiser

· Emcee: 2019 ‘Go Red’ For Women Fundraiser

· Emcee: 2019 Senior Services “Senior Prom”

· Emcee: 2019 Kiwanis Beef Auction Fundraiser

· Emcee: 2017, 2018, 2019 Parade of Nations – Horse Celebration

· Emcee: 2018 AMP Active Marion Project Kickoff Event

· Emcee: 2017 United Way Campaign Kickoff Event

· Emcee: Royal Dames 31st Annual Tiara Ball for Cancer Research

· Emcee: Walk to Defeat ALS

· Emcee: Bridles, Birdies, & BBQ – Fundraiser for First Tee of Greater Ocala

· Member: Ocala Rotary Club (2016-present)

· Emcee: 2016 United Way “Passport to the Community” banquet

· Emcee: Premiere of “Raining 3s: The Story of FGCU Women’s Basketball” documentary 2015

· Emcee: Premiere of “The Dunk City Effect” documentary 2014

· Emcee: Premiere of “Dunk City: We Are FGCU” documentary 2013

· 2016: United Way of Marion County Annual Meeting Sub-Committee

· Guest Speaker: Ocala/Silver Springs Rotary Club, 2015

· Emcee: Marion County High School Football Awards Banquet, 2014 & 2015

· Emcee: FGCU Men’s & Women’s Basketball Awards Banquets 2010, 2011, 2012

· 2013-2014 Ambassador for Ocala/Marion County CEP (Chamber Economic Partnership)

· 2013-2014 Emerging Leaders ELO Ocala/Marion County CEP (Chamber Economic Partnership)

· 2013-Present: United Way of Marion County PR/Marketing Committee

· 2014 Coordinator Marion County United Way Agency Spotlight video

· Speaker: Marion County Public School System’s “Career Day”, 2013

· Volunteer: Lee County “Baby U” program for underprivileged mothers, 2012

· Volunteer: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lee County, Big Brother, 2005

· Emcee: Fort Myers Sunshine Kids benefit, 2003

· Emcee: United Way of Marion County 40th Annual Campaign Kickoff Banquet, 2001

· Co-Chairperson: Waterman Broadcasting Lee County United Way fund drive, raising a record $26,342, 2001

· Allocations Committee: United Way of Lee County (2 years), 2000 & 2001

· Member Ocala Elks Lodge (18 years), 2000-Present

· 2018-present Ocala Utility Advisory Board

· 2018-present Science Center Committee

· 2018-2019 Ocala Rotary Centennial Celebration Committee