Hoback Named to Public Address Post 7/15/03

Vanderbilt has named veteran Nashville announcer Chip Hoback as its football and men’s basketball public address announcer. He replaces Frank Crowell, who resigned in June after 22 years with the Commodores.

Hoback brings a wealth of broadcast and announcing experience to his new role. His credits include public address announcing for the 2003 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament 1st and 2nd Round games, Nashville Kats Arena Football, Tennessee Valley Vipers Arena Football, Georgia Force Arena Football (Atlanta), Nashville Metros professional soccer and the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball tournaments.

“We had a deep pool of over 30 candidates,” said Owen Shull, Vanderbilt’s Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions. “We had some very attractive candidates but in the end we were very impressed with Chip Hoback’s wide variety of announcing experience and his high profile in the Nashville sports scene. He will be an asset to our program.”

Hoback has also done television play-by-play work for various teams and conferences including Vanderbilt, SEC, ACC and the OVC. Chip was also a sports anchor at WSMV TV, the radio play-by-play announcer for Austin Peay and served as a news anchor for TNN’s Road Test Magazine.

Hoback, an executive with Corporate Displays and Marketing, is a native of Louisville and attended Murray State University. While at Murray, Chip worked at local radio stations and was the News Anchor of the MSU TV-11 News.

Chip has been involved with the Nashville Sports Council since its inception, having served on its Executive Committee and is currently on the Board of Directors. He was a Captain of a Champions Club team with the BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland. He also is a tournament Starter for the BellSouth Senior Classic, now known as the Music City Championship of the Champions Tour.

"I have followed Commodore Athletics for a long time and I'm excited about playing a part in the future of the program,” Hoback says. “Vanderbilt is a quality institution that I'm proud to be associated with. I look forward to working with the staff to enhance the sports entertainment experience that fans come to expect on the Southeastern Conference level."



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