Double majoring in biology and physical education with the intent of becoming a coach, Scott Garner graduated from UMHB in 1998, not
knowing he would be back in future years working as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Crusader football and basketball games.
Growing up in Temple, as a little boy Garner had two loves: sports and broadcasting. When he was just 11 years old, he got his first job working at the baseball complex off Adams Avenue in Temple.
“They needed an emergency announcer, and they asked about 10-12 of us on the trash pickup crew who would like to fill in. I raised my hand and
they allowed me to do it,” he said. “I was asked back the next night, and I’ve been doing something behind a microphone ever since.”
After doing some odd jobs in the broadcasting realm while attending the
university, Garner went to work for KRXT in Rockdale. He worked there for eight months, then left to take a job as the voice of Texas A&M University-Commerce. While there he also took some odd jobs as
the fill-in broadcaster for other institutions.
Garner by no means stuck with only calling sports for schools. He worked for a couple of years at the USA Radio Network in Dallas on the weekends, “which aired it’s newscasts in 1,300 stations across the globe. I felt like Peter Jennings. Getting to report on national news to a global audience was exhilarating,” he said.
Garner has even received positive feedback on his work as a broadcaster from the man who announces the Dallas Cowboys games, Brad Sham.
After Garner had called a baseball game between the Rangers and Angels, Sham sent a text message to Garner saying “Scott, you sounded terrific last night.” For Garner, receiving that text with that great response was a dream come true. Currently, Garner has taken up the job of being the play-by-play
announcer for some of the Crusader sporting events.
“It’s so much fun …. It feels like I’m back with my family every time I get a chance to come down for a game,” he said. “I still have so many friends and ‘family’ here at UMHB.”
Head coach for the football team Pete Fredenburg knows the talent of Garner, not just because of his having the ability to call the football games,
but because Fredenburg knew Garner as a student.
“I think he’s so talented. Even when he graduated here -that was when they hired me here — he was just then kind of growing and developing into what he wanted to do,” Fredenburg said. “He was really going to have a bright future just because his voice is so good and he works too hard, and that’s what makes him special.”
Garner has been married for almost eight years and has twin boys, Drew and Ryan, who are 3 ½ years old. He said they love coming to the games and watching the players.
Despite having his family with him at the games and loving what he does, calling plays can be difficult.
“There are challenges to broadcasting all sports. Football is challenging in that there must be distinct precision as it relates to the timing of everything
going on in the booth,” he said. “Football has a lot of moving parts associated with it.”
The Sports Information Director for the university is Jon Wallin. He knows that Garner is a good fit for the UMHB athletic department.
“It means a great deal to have a UMHB alum involved with the broadcast,” he said. “Scott is a success story and it is a nice touch to have someone so familiar with the university and the athletic department working with us.”
“Scott has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a student-athlete at UMHB, and that gives him a unique insight that he can bring to the broadcast.”