May 17, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio-The efforts of Ohio seniors Brian Boesch and Caleb Troop were honored by STAA (Sportscasters Talent Agency of America) this weekend for the second straight year.
Boesch became STAA's first two-time Sportscasting All-American, placing fifth nationally, while Troop garnered a 14th-overall ranking from the agency for his television work.
Boesch provided play-by-play for Ohio Baseball and Women's Basketball while contributing to the halftime shows for Ohio Football and Men's Basketball. He also reported for BobcatTV and was the talent for in-stadium and in-arena promotions for Ohio Athletics' Marketing department. Boesch was also the sports director at WXTQ-FM/WATH-AM Radio in Athens. He is currently the number two broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Boesch will return to Athens in the fall to be the sideline reporter for Ohio Football.
Troop served as the sideline radio broadcaster for Ohio Football the last two seasons, also providing 2008-09 halftime radio features for Bobcat football and basketball. He was also a radio play-by-play voice for Ohio's women's basketball program the last two seasons, and contributed segments for BobcatTV. Troop is the former sports director for WATH/WXTQ and worked extensively with WOUB-TV this year as the station's Assistant Sports Director.
"Ranking broadcasters is a very difficult thing to do, but there is no question in my mind that Brian is one of the top student broadcasters in the country," said Ohio Director of Broadcasting and "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein. "His ability, intelligence, maturity, attitude, work ethic and drive could net a very long and successful broadcasting career. I'm proud of him, and I'm glad he will be back with us in the fall."
"Having two students who have been on our broadcasts on this list says a lot about Ohio University, and the relationship the athletic department has with the Radio-TV department. It's a great partnership to have."
Boesch and Troop were two of just four non-seniors to make the list last year and Ohio was one of just three schools with multiple representatives a year ago. This year, Syracuse was the only other school to have more than one honoree. The duo is also amongst the seven individuals to finish in the STAA Top 20 twice and Ohio is only school to have more than one student accomplish that feat.
The STAA All-America program recognizes the most outstanding collegiate radio sportscasters in the country and encourages collegiate sportscasters nationwide to strive to achieve their best. Each year, the nation's most outstanding collegiate sportscaster is presented the Jim Nantz Award, named in honor of the award-winning CBS Sports broadcaster.