LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech Athletics in conjunction with Red Raider Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, announced Friday that Ryan Hyatt will take over as the play-by-play voice for Texas Tech women’s basketball games this season alongside former Lady Raider basketball player Stephanie (Scott) Gerber.
Hyatt will also serve as the host for “Lady Raider Basketball with Candi Whitaker,” a weekly radio show on KTTU 104.3 FM that will begin in the winter and carry through the 2013-14 basketball season. All games will be broadcast on KLZK 97.3 FM.
“I am so excited to have Ryan alongside us this season as we begin a new era of Lady Raider basketball,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “He is one of the best in the business and will bring an instant connection with fans on the radio.”
Hyatt is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech and has worked in broadcasting in Lubbock for the last 25 years, calling his first Lady Raider basketball game in 1988. He was the primary voice for Texas Tech women’s basketball from 1990-92 and 1993-2009. He also hosted “The Williams and Hyatt Show” on SportsRadio 1340 AM from 1994-2012.
He’s called Texas Tech baseball (1997-99, 2001-02) and volleyball games as well on radio and TV while hosting numerous coaches shows.
He currently runs Ryan Hyatt Media which includes social media consulting for small business, and is the voice of Shallowater football while hosting “That Dang Ol’ Racing Show” each week on KJDL 98.5 FM. Hyatt is also the host of the weekly sports debate segment “The Last Call” on KAMC 28 in Lubbock.
Hyatt lives in New Home with his wife, Tessa, and son, Reed (7).
“I’m thrilled to be able to rejoin such an iconic program as Lady Raider basketball,” Hyatt said. “The timing for this was perfect for our family and I appreciate Texas Tech, Learfield and coach Whitaker for extending the opportunity. I have been blessed to work with two great people and coaches in Marsha Sharp and Kristy Curry and coach Whitaker fits right into that mold. I can’t wait to dust off my suitcase and get back to work!”
Gerber, formerly known as Stephanie Scott in her playing days, was a starting guard on the 1993 National Championship team and played at Tech from 1990-94.
“Stephanie brings a lot of basketball knowledge to the radio broadcast,” Whitaker said. “I think fans who listen to the broadcast will get an even better idea of what’s going on from someone who understands what it means to play Lady Raider basketball with success at the highest level.”
She then attended graduate school at the Texas Tech Health Sciences and received a master’s degree in physical therapy.
Originally from Plano, Texas, she was known as a fierce defensive player and is the all-time leader in 3-point field goal percentage for a single season (24-47, .511, 1993-94) and has the record for the third-most assists in a game by a junior with 12 against SMU in 1993.
She gave one of the more memorable quotes at the team’s end of season banquet in 1993 to celebrate the NCAA title.
“Well I was told I was too short to play Division I basketball,” she said. “But I guess my finger isn’t too small for a championship ring.”
Gerber is a licensed pediatric physical therapist at Early Childhood Intervention through Lubbock Independent School District in Lubbock and has practiced in West Texas for the last 17 years while raising her three kids, Garrett (15), Grayson (13) and Kailey (9).
“I’m excited to work with Ryan again because I’m not sure anyone else besides coach Sharp knows more about Lady Raider basketball than him,” she said. “It will be a lot of fun to have a front row seat at the home games and see some great basketball.”
Hyatt and Gerber will call their first game together on Nov. 10 when Texas Tech opens the season against Texas-Pan American.
Red Raider Sports Properties is the exclusive, multimedia rights holder of Texas Tech Athletics. In addition to Texas Tech, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations. For more, visit www.learfieldsports.com.