Josh Thar: The New Voice of SMCA Sports (By Caroline Anderson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator)

Anyone listening to recent VYPE volleyball broadcasts will have caught Josh Thar '23 on the mic. More than a few fans commented on his easy delivery and depth of knowledge of the players and the sport during and after the games, describing him as "awesome."

"Volleyball is actually tough for me due to my lack of knowledge," Josh said.

Associate Athletic Director and Head Trainer Kevin Steen learned of Josh's interest in announcing and set him up with Merl Bertrand of VYPE to observe his broadcast. VYPE has a program to encourage student participation in sportscasting called VYPE U.

Josh is taking advantage of any opportunity he can to announce sports games, but would prefer to call baseball or football. He recently had the opportunity to call the last 10 minutes of the St. Michael’s vs. Brentwood football game at home and said he would love to do more of that.

A transfer student this year from Dripping Springs, Josh also plays a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball and golf.

"I'm excited to actually have a chance to play multiple sports here because of how competitive Dripping Springs was," Josh said.

Asked whether he is interested in pursuing sports announcing/business in college or as a career, Josh said he doesn’t yet have it all figured out, but he’d definitely like to look into majoring in Sports Broadcasting in college.
Students who may be interested in becoming ambassadors with VYPE U can apply on their website.

"From journalism, broadcasting, photography, esports, and more, VYPE U has a place for all students with vast interests in the Sports Media realm. Our goal with VYPE U is to give students the opportunity to practice, discover, and hone their skills while working around their busy school schedules. Not only does this include connecting students with those already in the field for pointers and advice, but we work closely with our Ambassadors to answer any questions about this field they may have along the way."

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