Winthrop basketball broadcasting plan announced

Winthrop UniversityOctober 31, 2013 

Winthrop Athletics has unveiled a new broadcasting format for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball season, as well as the 2014 baseball season.

Under the plan announced on Thursday by athletic director Tom Hickman, a package of 29 men’s and women’s home broadcasts will be video-streamed on the Big South Network and audio-streamed via the Winthrop Athletic website. Men’s road games will be aired primarily on WRHI FM 94.3/AM 1340, while women’s road contests will be carried on the Winthrop website.

Veteran broadcasters Dave Friedman and Mike Pacheco will return for their eighth basketball season each on the Winthrop Sports Network. The duo will also serve as hosts for the 14 weekly Winthrop Coaches Shows that will air live via the Internet on Monday nights from Buffalo Wild Wings beginning Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.

Friedman and Pacheco will be joined throughout the basketball season by color analyst Bobby Stevens, a former college and high school coach. Friedman will call the 15 men’s contests at home and the road radio broadcasts; Pacheco will handle the 14 women’s home games, assist Friedman on the men’s games, and call the women’s road Internet broadcasts.

A total of 25 home baseball games will also be aired on the Big South Network beginning in mid-February.

The Big South Network is free this year on all digital platforms – computers, iPhones, iPads and Droids.

Hickman also announced a joint agreement with OTS Media in Rock Hill that will provide radio broadcasts of the 15 home men’s games by its team comprising award-winning broadcaster Chris Miller, a four-time South Carolina Sportscaster of the Year recipient, and former Winthrop All-Big South point guard Pierre Wooten, who was a member of four straight championship teams.

Fans can listen to Miller and Wooten broadcast men’s home games on WRHI FM94.3/AM 1340, as well as WRHI.com.

Coach Pat Kelsey’s Eagles will open the season on Nov. 9 when they host Roanoke College in their Homecoming 2013 game at 4 p.m. The women’s team opens its season a day later as it hosts College of Charleston at 2 p.m.

Basketball award: Winthrop senior point guard Dequesha McClanahan is among 30 NCAAwomen’s basketball student-athletes who have been selected as candidates for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

McClanahan, from Oak Ridge, Tenn., has been voted the 2013-14 Big South Conference Preseason Player of the Year following back-to-back Big South Player of the Year selections in 2012 and 2013. She was also the 2011 Big South Freshman of the Year. She has led the conference in scoring and assists the past two seasons and was ranked 11th in scoring and second in assists in NCAA Division I statistics for 2011-12. McClanahan has been named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-American Second Team heading into this season.

The women’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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