David Jackson enters his 14th season as the play-by-play “Voice of the Mountaineers.” A 2000 Appalachian State alumnus, Jackson has been involved with Mountaineer athletics since 1996.
Jackson began with the Appalachian Sports Network as a senior intern while an undergraduate student at Appalachian, filling the roles of football sideline reporter and men’s basketball color analyst and chief statistician during his time as a student intern. Jackson took over the play-by-play reins in February 2000 and followed the men’s basketball team to an NCAA Tournament appearance. Upon his graduation from Appalachian State in 2000, he was named full-time director of external operations. He was promoted to associate athletics director for public affairs in December 2004.
Born in Carbondale, Ill. and raised in Greensboro, N.C., Jackson also worked as a student assistant in the Appalachian State sports information office from 1996-2000 and spent the summer of 1999 as a broadcast communications intern with the Winston-Salem Warthogs, Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
In addition to his football, men’s basketball and baseball play-by-play duties for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network, Jackson, 35, is the host of Appalachian Football Weekly and Mountaineer Basketball with Jason Capel (Appalachian State’s weekly football and basketball television coaches’ shows). He has also served as the play-by-play voice of the SoCon men’s basketball and baseball championships for the Southern Conference Sports Network.
Jackson’s peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) tabbed him as the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year for the second time in 2012. He also earned the honor in 2007. In 2010, Jackson was appointed to the NSSA’s National Board of Directors, joining prominent media personalities such as Chris Berman, Marty Brennaman, Keith Jackson, Nantz, Rick Reilly, Bob Ryan and George Vecsey on the prestigious panel.
Jackson resides in Boone with his wife, Leila, and daughters, Maren and Louisa.
Patrolling the sidelines for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network is broadcasting veteran Randy Jackson, who returns for his eighth season with the broadcast crew. A television personality in North Carolina’s Triad market for more than 20 years, Jackson made his return to collegiate athletics in 2006. He possesses a strong knowledge of college athletics, having served as the radio voice of Southern Illinois University athletics in the 1970s and in various capacities for Appalachian State broadcasts over the course of the past decade-plus. Jackson resides in Greensboro where he is a licensed continuing education instructor for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. He regularly teaches classes on a wide variety of weather-related topics and their effects on the insurance industry.
Steve Zushin joins the crew for the 2013 season as on-site engineer. An Akron, Ohio native, Zushin studied at the University of Akron and Ohio Center for Broadcasting and has worked for more than a decade on both sides of the mic. In addition to his work with the Mountaineers, Zushin is a member of the popular morning show, “The Moo Krew with Crockett and Z” on Kicks 103.3 FM in Lenoir. He also serves as assistant program director for the Foothills Radio Group. He and his wife, Kellie, reside in Granite Falls with their daughter, Alice.
Molly Cotten returns for her second season as broadcast producer. A junior at Appalachian, Cotten produces a variety of pre-, post- and in-game content across the Appalachian IMG Sports Network platform and assists the crew in the booth on gameday. The Mooresville, N.C. native graduated from Lake Norman High School in 2011 and returned home this past summer to serve an internship with Appalachian IMG Sports Network affiliate ESPN Radio 730 in Charlotte. In addition to her football duties, 2013-14 is also Cotten’s second season as play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball broadcasts on the Appalachian IMG Sports Netowrk.
Tige Darner returns in 2013-14 for his 15th campaign providing color commentary for all home men's basketball games. A four-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers, Darner helped lead the 1997-98 team to the SoCon North Division championship his senior season.
Jim Morris is in his sixth season as color analyst for Mountaineer Baseball. Morris served as Appalachian’s head coach from 1974-98, compiling a 611-475-1 overall record in his 25 seasons at the helm. He led the Mountaineers to five Southern Conference championships and two of ASU’s three all-time NCAA postseason appearances in 1984 and ‘86. His 1984 squad led the nation in regular-season winning percentage (35-5) and the ‘86 Apps were the first team in SoCon history to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals.
During his 25-year tenure, Morris coached six all-Americans, five SoCon Players of the Year, one SoCon Pitcher of the Year and three SoCon Freshmen of the Year and was named the 1984 SoCon Coach of the Year. Appalachian baseball retired his No. 41 jersey on Oct. 11, 1998.
Rounding out the Appalachian IMG Sports Network crew is Aaron Brunk, who is in his second season as the Carolina Ford Dealers Scoreboard host working out of the IMG Network studios in Winston-Salem.