STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield Sports’ Georgia Southern Sports Properties, announced today that Danny Reed will be the new “Voice of the Eagles.”
Reed will join long-time Eagles’ Voice Chris Blair during the 2015 football season as a sideline reporter. Additionally, he will handle all play-by-play duties for the upcoming men’s basketball season and join Kris Draper as a member of the Eagles baseball broadcast team in spring 2016. Concurrent with the 2016-17 athletic season, Reed officially will handle all related play-by-play duties for the three sports in addition to the football and men’s basketball radio and television coaches’ shows.
Most recently, Reed served as broadcast/media relations manager for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, handling all play-by-play for all 140 games of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays’ Class-A affiliate. He also spent three seasons as radio play-by-play announcer for The Citadel’s football, men’s basketball and baseball teams. Reed produced each broadcast, hosted weekly radio and television coaches’ shows and maintained the statewide radio network. His prior experience also includes serving as a sports reporter for the Charleston Post & Courier (S.C.) and as public address announcer for the Charleston RiverDogs, the MLB New York Yankees’ Class-A affiliate. Currently, Reed will continue to call select men’s college basketball games on ESPN3 as he has since 2010.
“We’re excited about Danny joining our Eagles’ family,” said Georgia Southern Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein. “Learfield vetted more than 40 viable candidates, and Danny stood out from the pack and proves to be a perfect fit for our program. We’re pleased to have him on board and glad he has the opportunity to work alongside Chris Blair this football season. Chris has been a terrific part of our fabric for nearly a decade, and we wish him all the best as he heads to LSU at the end of season.”
“This is a position I’ve had my eye on for a long time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to take over and continue what Chris has built for the last 10 years,” Reed said. “I consider him a great friend, and it’s an honor to follow him as the next ‘Voice of the Eagles.’ I’m looking forward to bringing the excitement of Georgia Southern athletics to a passionate and intimate fan base that demands and commands excellence.”
As part of its rights agreement with the Eagles, Learfield oversees all aspects of the Georgia Southern Sports Network, including talent and securing station affiliates. The company manages multimedia rights and sponsorships for more than 100 collegiate properties nationwide and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. Learfield represents collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas for their respective multimedia rights and sponsorship initiatives and offers these partners with professional concessions and ticket sales, licensing and trademark consulting, digital platform expertise and venue signage and technology systems through its owned companies. To learn more about its history, portfolio, businesses and job opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.