HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – In an exciting summer of baseball, one of Denison's own received praise for his exceptional work in the broadcast booth. The Coastal Plain League announced earlier this week that Denison senior and DSN broadcaster Will Hibbard was selected as the 2017 Coastal Plain League Broadcaster of the Year for his work behind the mic this summer with the CPL's Wilson Tobs of Wilson, North Carolina.
In his first season with the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate baseball league consisting of 16 teams across Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Hibbard earned this honor for his professionalism on the air and with the team. Hibbard secured the award after the fans spoke up and earned him 70 percent of the vote, but if you ask the CPL's Director of Broadcasting, Chris Edwards, Hibbard's impact was felt across the league.
"Will has a tremendous ability to communicate the action on the field in a way in which all of his listeners of all ages, and whether or not you truly know baseball, you are still able to enjoy the game because Will does such a good job of painting that mental picture and providing so many details about the action both on and off the field," stated Edwards. "His ability to present the game in such a way that makes it easy for the listener demonstrates an advanced skill set on the air and without question, he has a bright future in the broadcasting industry."
During his last two years at Denison, Hibbard has become an integral member of the Denison Sports Network. Working as a student assistant in the athletic communications office and as a broadcaster for Denison football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, this achievement came as no surprise to those closely connected to the Big Red.
"Will's colleagues at Denison would like to congratulate him on this award," stated Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Craig Hicks. "He has been an integral part of the Denison Sports Network and it is gratifying to see all of the hard work and effort pay off. Will has a tremendous future in broadcasting and we are looking forward to having him back behind the mic for his senior year of Big Red athletics."
Hibbard is a native of Bahama, North Carolina. He is majoring in Spanish and will graduate in May of 2018.