Claire Batista is a Class A member of the PGA. She has been instructing golf since 1987 and served as the head women's golf coach at the University of Toledo for nine seasons. Claire's knowledge and ability to develop golf skills has been recognized by Golf For Women magazine. In 2002, Claire was named one of the top 50 women teaching professionals in the United States.
Claire played collegiate golf at Bowling Green State University. She competed professionally on the Florida Mini Tours where she won the 1994 Central Florida Team Championship. Claire also competed in the 1993 LPGA Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. In 2004, Claire was inducted into the Lorain County Sports Hall of Fame.
Chris Black has been a color analyst for soccer broadcasts on BCSN since the fall of 2005 after coaching soccer at Southview from 2000-04. He is currently the head coach for St. Ursula Academy and a coach in the Olympic Soccer Development Program. Chris graduated from Southview before moving on to play soccer at Siena Heights and then attended the University of Toledo.
Mike Blochowski started at BCSN as a color commentator for football and baseball in 2012. A graduate of Maumee High School, Mike was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He was the MVP of the 1982 season and won the Tom Kreitner scholarship. Unfortunately, injury prevented Mike from pursuing sports in college. He did attend BGSU earning degrees in Management Information Systems and Education. Mike has coached football for Southview and St. Francis and currently coaches baseball at St. Francis. Residing in Maumee, OH, Mike and his wife Kris enjoy watching their sons play football, at the collegiate and high school level.
After a lengthy tenure as first an assistant and then head coach with the Central Catholic Fighting Irish volleyball program, Jen Bronikowski joined the BCSN announcing staff in the summer of 2014.
Gretchen Brown joined BCSN’s team in August of 2010. Originally from Jackson, Michigan, Gretchen was an All-State athlete in both volleyball and basketball at Lumen Christi High School. Upon graduation Gretchen went on to become an All-MAC setter for the University of Toledo Volleyball squad, where she is still the All-Time assist leader. After receiving her degree in Business Education, Gretchen coached Toledo Volleyball Club, Springfield’s boy’s & girl’s volleyball teams and earned District 7 Coach of the Year in 2000, 2003 and 2004. Currently she is the head coach at Maumee High School and resides in Toledo with her husband and kids.
Tom Cole has over 20 years of broadcasting experience and has been working with BCSN since its inception in January of 2004, hosting the channel's inaugural broadcast. Besides providing color commentary for BCSN football broadcasts as well as BGSU football and mens' basketball., Over the years Tom has been a host of BCSN programs such as 'Sports Rap', “Rant & Rage”, and "The Score" and serves as football analyst on the Friday Night Sports Nightly show. Tom is also the Community Development Coordinator and represents BCSN at numerous public functions. He has 25 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels, including stops at St. John’s Jesuit, Waite, DeVilbiss, Fremont St. Joe’s, Adrian College and the University of Michigan. During his time at Michigan, Tom worked as a quarterbacks consultant for one season under then-UM quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron and tutored Wolverines’ quarterbacks, including Elvis Grbac and Todd Collins. Tom graduated from St. John’s and went on to be the signal caller at Ohio Wesleyan, where he also played on the basketball team. After college, he signed with the Columbus Bucks, a minor-league football team affiliated with the Chicago Bears, where he played with BCSN’s Tom Duncan. In addition, Tom has authored a childrens' sports book, and has another sports book due for publication in the Fall of 2015.
Frank Corsoe is an award-winning sports editor for The Blade. A veteran newsman with more than 35 years in journalism, he served as sports editor for the Dayton Daily News before coming to Toledo in 2005. He spent a majority of his career in Connecticut where he was the executive sports editor of the Journal Inquirer of Manchester. Frank has been the co-host of BCSN’s “Rant & Rage” since 2007.
Matt Crandall has well over a decade of broadcasting experience and has been with BCSN since 2005. Matt is a co-host of “Ice Check,” which earned a Gold Image Award from the Ohio Cable Telecommunication Association in 2007. Matt is a Northview graduate, where he was a member of the hockey team, before going on to earn his degree from Lourdes College. He resides in Sylvania.
Jim Davis joined BCSN's team in the Spring of 2010 and brings more than three decades of tennis experience with him. After graduating from St. John's Jesuit High School as a 4-year letter winner, Jim went on to help the UT Rockets earn three MAC Championship titles. During this time he also won titles in the City of Toledo Singles and Doubles tournaments and was ranked #1 in the Midwest Men's Singles Section. Later, Jim achieved Master Professional status and was named the Midwest and National Professional of the Year. Currently, Jim has returned to his alma mater to coach and led the Titans to Columbus for several Final Four appearances in the state tournament. Jim is also the owner and operator of the Shadow Valley Tennis Club and Shadow Valley at Central Tennis Club.
Dan Disalle joined BCSN’s team in 2010 as a commentator for swimming. Dan is an alumnus of St. Francis High School where he was part of a 4-time District Championship team. During that time he also competed in the State Championship meet. After graduation, Dan continued his swimming and academic career at Indiana University where he competed in the Big 10 Championships, Junior Nationals, and the 1984 Olympic Trials. Post graduation, Dan took part in Masters Swimming.
Tom Duncan served as a color analyst for BCSN on football, basketball, baseball, softball, and track from the station’s inception until April 2005, and then after a brief hiatus, returned in January 2007 where he has remained an integral part of the BCSN talent staff ever since. An accomplished athlete, Tom has been inducted into the Halls of Fame at the University of Toledo and Bowsher High School. Tom was a defensive back and placekicker with the Rockets, and he played football, basketball and track in high school. After college, Tom went on to play minor-league football with the Columbus Bucks, (where he played with BCSN’s Tom Cole), and the Connecticut Jets, which was an affiliate of the New York Jets.
Tom Fitzgerald has over a decade of experience in broadcasting and has been working for BCSN as a tennis commentator since 2006. Tom is retired from LOF/Pilkington and has worked for WCWA-1230 AM for a number of years on their football and boys’ and girls’ basketball broadcasts. He also served as the Whitmer boys’ tennis coach for six years before retiring in 2005. Tom graduated from Start, where he participated in football, baseball and track, and the University of Toledo. He resides in Temperance, MI.
Greg Franke has been a part of the BCSN family since the very beginning, participating in the inaugural broadcast on January 7, 2004. In all, Greg has over 30 years of broadcasting experience including a number of years working radio broadcasts for Bowling Green State University sporting events, and has been a part of numerous programs for which BCSN has won awards. In addition to his sports broadcasting experience, Greg has extensive experience in news reporting and talk radio, and has written numerous sports and op-ed pieces for a variety of publications. He has also served as an assistant hockey coach at the University of Findlay from 1995-98, and for the Toledo Cherokee Junior B hockey team from 1993-95. Greg is a graduate of Centerville High School, where he played hockey, and Bowling Green State University. He resides in Portage, Ohio.
Don Genalo brought his professional bowling experience to BCSN in the winter of 2009. As a high school bowler in North Merrick, New York, Don received All-County recognition and went on to compete on the collegiate level at Robert Morris College, where he was All-Conference player for 4 years. After graduation Don toured full-time as a professional bowler for 11 years. During this time he won 6 PBA national titles, 10 regional titles, made 25 TV appearances and was a member of a team that beat out 14,000 other teams at a national competition in 2001. Today Don resides in Perrysburg and is a Hall of Famer for both his college and the State of Ohio.
Chris Hardman was the long-time head football coach of the Ottawa Hills Green Bears before retiring after the 2013 season. He remains the head baseball coach where his Ottawa Hills teams have enjoyed great success over the years. He joined the BCSN broadcast team to add his expert commentary for high school football and basketball beginning with the 2014 season.
Bernie Huntebrinker has been with BCSN as a color commentator for soccer since February 2004. Bernie has been involved with the game since 1966 as a player, coach and referee. He coached travel soccer for 13 seasons and then nine seasons at the high school level along with eight years as a referee. In college Bernie attended the University of Toledo and played baseball and club soccer. He graduated from Bowsher High School and then UT with two degrees. Bernie resides in Sylvania Township.
Mike Jewell has served as a color analyst for high school football since 2005. In addition, he has co-hosted BCSN’s high school football show “Inside the Redzone”, and is currently a football analyst on the Friday night Sports Nighly show during football season. Mike has an extensive background in football, lettering at Bowsher High School where he was part of the 1979 Shoe Bowl championship team. He also played baseball. Mike went on to play one season at Brown University on the freshman team, where he was a lineman and a placekicker. His claim to fame at Brown was kicking the winning extra point against Harvard. After college, Mike began coaching at Bowsher and spent 23 years there, the last four as head coach. He also served as Bowsher’s JV baseball coach for five years in the mid-1990s. Mike resides in South Toledo.
Nikki was an outstanding player for the Northview Wildcat volleyball program before moving on to play for Bradley at the Division I level. She has also been active in coaching at the high school, club and collegiate levels, and now has returned to Northwest Ohio to add her expertise on BCSN volleyball telecasts.
Sonny Lewis is a color analyst for a number of sports, including volleyball, wrestling, and track. As the head volleyball coach at Owens Community College he has led the Express to several OCCAC championships and is a three-time OCCAC Coach of the Year recipient. Before that, he taught and coached volleyball and wrestling for 31 years at his alma mater, Springfield High School. While a Blue Devil, Sonny excelled in wrestling and track before going on to Defiance College. He is a member of the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame and Springfield Hall of Fame. He resides in Toledo.
Mason Lowry became a part of BCSN’s team in 2010. After graduating from Oak Harbor High School as a four-year letterman in golf, Mason studied Communications at the University of Toledo. While there, he began his broadcast career as a commentator for UT football and basketball at the student radio station, WXUT. Since 2010 Mason has served as the sports writer for the Newspaper Network of Central Ohio since 2006. In 2011 Mason was named to Sportscaster's Talent Agency of America's Top 20, honoring college sportscasters. Mason currently resides in Oak Harbor.
Norm McGhee has been a color analyst for at BCSN since 2008, covering high school, college, and sand volleyball. Born and raised in Toledo, Norm is a graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended the University of Toledo. Norm has over 30 years of coaching experience in junior high basketball and high school volleyball at several local schools including Blessed Sacrament, Ottawa Hills High School, Whitmer High School, and Notre Dame Academy. Norm currently resides in Perrysburg.
Matt Melzak has over 15 years of broadcasting experience, 6 of those with BCSN. Currently Matt is a co-host of BCSN’s award winning hockey show, "Ice Check" and the play by play announcer for Toledo’s ECHL hockey team, the Toledo Walleye. While serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Toledo Storm, he was selected to be the voice of the ECHL All-Star Game in Fresno, California in 2006. Matt graduated from St. Francis High School and earned a degree in communications from the University of Toledo. Matt resides in Toledo.
Susie Miller joins the BCSN team as color commentator for tennis. In high school, Susie was a state qualifier her junior and senior year before attending Bowling Green State University. She has spent over 25 years teaching and coaching tennis, which include coaching several girls to state championships. Susie is currently the Girls Tennis Coach at Northview High School while residing in Sylvania with her husband and two children.
John Orozco's extensive coaching experience prepared him for his role as color analyst for soccer and basketball at BCSN. At St. Francis de Sales High School, John served as the Head Coach of the varsity soccer team for 11 years and an Assistant Coach of the varsity basketball team for 13 years. In 2003, he took his soccer team to the state finals. John has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Siena Heights University in his hometown, Akron, Michigan. He serves on the board for the Ohio High School Soccer Association and is a certified official for the Michigan High School Athletic Association as well.
Scott Paluch joined the BCSN team in the winter of 2009 as a color commentator for Bowling Green State University and Toledo Walleye hockey broadcasts. Scott first came to Northwest Ohio from Chicago, IL in 1984 as a member of the Bowling Green State University Hockey team, where he was an All-American and All-CCHA selection in 1998. He then moved on to play with the St. Louis Blues Organization for 2 years before coming back to BGSU as an Assistant Coach from 1990-1994. After being an Assistant Coach at Boston College for 8 years, he found his home once again at BGSU as Head Coach from 2002-2009. Currently, Scott is a USA Hockey Regional Manager-American Developmental Model and resides with his family in Bowling Green.
Rick Poland has been with BCSN as a color analyst on football, basketball and baseball games for most of the channel's existence. Rick brings over 30 years of baseball experience as a player, coach, scout and administrator. He was an original member of the “Gomez Plate” selection committee honoring the nation’s top amateur player. As a clinic lecturer and scout, he has represented the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Chicago White Sox. Rick has served in various capacities with the Toledo Mud Hens, and he is a member of the Society of American Baseball Research, the Selection Board of the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. He is co-author of “Building and Coaching Your Team” and author of “Baseball Parenting.” He graduated from Central Catholic High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University. Rick resides in Toledo.
Jerry Ramirez has been a color analyst at BCSN for wrestling matches for a number of years. He graduated from Waite High School, where he participated in wrestling, soccer, and cross country, before attending the University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Jerry resides in Northwood.
John Ross joined BCSN as a color analyst for the University of Toledo football broadcasts in 2010. During his time at Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth, Ohio, John was a four sport athlete, earning varsity letters in track, basketball and football. John was named captain and received all-conference distinction in football and basketball. John continued his academic and athletic career at the University of Toledo. He was an All-MAC wide receiver and captain of the football team. Some of his numerous and notable awards include 1st Team All-MAC Academic and the Nicholson Award for Most Valuable Player. John was inducted to the UT Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. After earning his degree John accumulated 30+ years of coaching experience with stops at Cardinal Stritch, Toledo Christian, Southview and Northview. He is also very active in the community and is on the board of directors for organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Sylvania Athletic Foundation. John currently resides in Sylvania with his wife of Susan.
Francis Stephens has been an assistant and head coach for some of the most successful soccer teams in Northwest Ohio, including being the assistant coach for the Anthony Wayne Generals team that reached the state semi-finals. He was named the assistant coach of the year in the state of Ohio that season. Then he was then head coach for the Ottawa Hills Green Bears team that held the number-1 state ranking for much of the season.
He played collegiate soccer at the University of Pittsburgh and has been highly involved in coaching at the club level as well.
Deon Thompson serves as color analyst for high school and college basketball and as an analyst on the Friday night Sports Nightly show during basketball season. He is also very accomplished in Mixed Martial Arts and has lent his expertise to BCSN broadcasts in that sports as well. As a student of the former DeVillbiss High School, Deon’s basketball accolades include, 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-District, and was the MVP of the District 7 All-Star game. After earning a basketball scholarship at the University of Toledo, Deon decided to finish his playing career at the Indiana University of PA where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science. Returning to Toledo, Deon was the Head Coach of both the boys and girls Varsity Basketball Teams at Maumee Valley Country Day for 12 years. In 2002, he led the boys team to a TAAC Championship, becoming the first African-American Coach to accomplish the feat. Deon has also won many awards in Jiu Jitsu competitions and is currently the Head Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling Instructor for the Ohio Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation.
Ken Watlington is an award-winning sportscaster hailing from the Tar Heel State. Before joining BCSN in April 2007, Ken worked for 11 years at ABC-affiliate WWAY in Wilmington, N.C., as a news anchor/reporter. While there Ken received four North Carolina Associated Press awards. After making the move to Toledo, Ken took over the reigns of "The Light Side" program and earned 2 Ohio Cable Television Awards. In addition to producing "The Light Side", Ken also produced, wrote and co-hosted BCSN’s weekly highlight show "The Score", before moving into his present duties as BCSN Sports Director and co-host of the Sports Nightly show. A native of Plymouth, N.C., where he played varsity basketball and baseball in high school, Ken graduated with a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He now resides in Perrysburg.
Ben Wilcox has been with BCSN for the majority of the channel's existence. He attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana before moving on to the College of Wooster and Bowling Green State University. Ben participated in lacrosse, hockey, crew, and soccer in high school and continued with his lacrosse career in college. He resides in Maumee.
His father Mike Wilcox was an outstanding Lacrosse player at Bowling Green State University and is a member of the BGSU Hall of Fame.
Brad Woznicki is a 2008 graduate of Perrysburg high school where he played basketball and competed on the track and field team. He attended Bowling Green State University and received his bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications with a minor in journalism. Brad was a radio play-by-play broadcaster and BG 24 television sports anchor for 4 years at BGSU. During that time, he broadcast BGSU basketball, baseball, football, softball, and volleyball. Brad was the executive director for the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization as well the general manager of the WBGU-FM on campus radio station. He has also coached two years of girls GBA basketball at the high school level. Before joining BCSN in 2012 Brad was the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Chillicothe Mudcats baseball organization in Chillicothe, Missouri.
Steven Wronkowicz joined BCSN in 2009 as a color analyst for “Sunday Night at the Races” and fastpitch softball. In addition, he has served as a play-by-play announcer for a wide range of sports on BCSN telecasts. Steve is a graduate of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Bowling Green State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Since 1999, Steve has hosted the "On Pit Row" NASCAR radio program on WCWA and other stations on the ABN radio network and currently on Ustream.tv. Steve has also hosted the “Inside ARCA” radio program and has done play-by-play, color analysis and pit reporting for the ARCA Racing Series since 2008. For five years Steve performed weekly segments and was a fill-in host for the Clark & Shaw morning program on WCWA-AM He has over thirty years of experience doing freelance work in photography for sales brochures, multi-media presentations and advertising; along with writing advice and how-to articles and performing voice-overs for radio commercials. He also is a regular writer on the “Bench Racing with Steve and Charlie” blog on the onpitrow.com website.