David Jackson enters his 13th season as the play-by-play “Voice of the Mountaineers.” A 2000 Appalachian State alumnus, Jackson has been involved with the Appalachian athletics since 1997.
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 ASU in 2000, he was named Appalachian athletics’ full-time director of external operations and 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 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, 34, 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 voted him the 2007 North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year. He was honored alongside broadcasting stars such as Jim Nantz and the late Harry Kalas at the NSSA’s annual awards banquet in Salisbury, N.C. in May 2008.
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.
Legendary Mountaineer quarterback Steve Brown returns to the booth in 2012 for his 15th season as a member of ASU’s football broadcast crew, providing color commentary.
Brown began his second stint with ASU football broadcasts in 2004, serving as sideline reporter for a season before returning to the booth a year later. No stranger to the airwaves, Brown also served as color analyst for ASU football from 1992-97.
A 1982 Appalachian graduate, Brown was a two-time all-Southern Conference honoree. Prior to the record-setting careers of Richie Williams, Armanti Edwards and DeAndre Presley, Brown held the vast majority of ASU’s passing and total-offense records.
Employed as a Territory Sales Representative for ASC Volvo Construction Equipment in Arden, N.C., Brown resides in Weaverville, N.C. and has two children: Christopher and Hannah, a freshman at UNC Wilmington.
Patrolling the sidelines for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network is broadcasting veteran Randy Jackson, who returns for his seventh 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 the NCAA Division I FCS and SoCon scenes, having served as the radio voice of Southern Illinois University athletics in the 1970s and in various capacities for Appalachian broadcasts over the course of the past decade. Currently the staff meteorologist at FM Talk 101.1 WTZK in Greensboro, Jackson is also the co-founder of the Hazardous Weather Preparedness Institute.
Tim Sparks is back for his 15th season with the network, serving as on-site engineer and pregame show co-host. Sparks is a 1994 Appalachian alumnus and a 1997 graduate of the Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte. In addition to his work with the Mountaineers, Sparks is a broadcast engineer for the Motor Racing Network in Concord. His broadcast experience also includes a stint as morning drive D.J. and sports anchor at WIFM in Elkin in 1998.
Sparks resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Jodi, and their sons, Cadon and Teagan.
Tige Darner returns in 2012-13 for his 14th 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 fifth 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.