The Louisville Courier-Journal is reporting that Miami Trace High School graduate Matt Andrews will be returning to Ohio to broadcast sporting events from The Ohio State University.
Matt Andrews, the Louisville Bats’ play-by-play radio broadcaster since 2010, has accepted a job with Radio Ohio and The Ohio State University IMG Sports Network, the Bats announced Thursday.
Nick Curran, the voice of Bellarmine men’s basketball since 2009-10, will take over as the lead broadcaster for the Bats, according to the Courier-Journal. Since 2013, Curran has joined Andrews for home games.
A Bloomingburg, Ohio native, Andrews graduated from Ohio State and will now be the voice of Buckeyes baseball.
“This is an exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity for me – to return home, to my alma mater, and continue my broadcasting career,” Andrews said in a statement. “I’m forever grateful for the 14 amazing years in Louisville working for the Bats, learning under (current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster) Jim Kelch, and the opportunity to work for this terrific organization.”
During the past several winter seasons, Andrews broadcast women’s basketball games for the University of Louisville.
“The last six years working with Coach Jeff Walz and University of Louisville women’s basketball have been some of the best moments of my life,” Andrews added. “I want to thank all of our fans for your support and loyalty to our broadcasts. I will truly miss Louisville.”
Andrews first joined Bats broadcasts in 2003 before assuming play-by-play duties six years ago, the Courier-Journal reported.
His final Louisville Bats game will be June 29.
“We are very excited for Matt and this opportunity that he has been given to go back home and call Buckeyes’ athletics,” Bats senior vice president Greg Galiette said in a statement. “He has been a huge part of this organization for the past 14 years and we couldn’t be happier for him. He was one of the best in Minor League Baseball over the past seven years, and we were lucky to have him as the voice of the Bats for so long.”
“Working with and learning from Matt has been the thrill of a lifetime,” Curran told the Courier-Journal. “He’s one of the best broadcasters out there and has been an even better friend and mentor to me. His alma mater is lucky to have him. He leaves enormous shoes to fill, and it will be my honor to try to fill them.”
Andrews has had a life-long love of sports and broadcasting, since his youth, shadowing local sports broadcast legend Randy Young at Miami Trace basketball games, and later, while attending The Ohio State University, Andrews did web-casts of Ohio State football games, including the 2003 Fiesta Bowl game from Tempe, Arizona, in which Ohio State defeated Miami of Florida 31-24 in double overtime to win the national championship.