Coronado sports announcer brings excitement to football games

With a passion and enthusiasm that is infectious to those within range of the sound of his voice, one Scottsdale Unified School District employee has taken the Coronado High School football community by storm as a sports announcer.

This man — who requested to be identified only as Wolfman, his announcing persona — works Friday nights as the sports announcer, in addition to his other daily duties within the district.

Coronado sports announcer, known as Wolfman. (Submitted Photo)

Wolfman earned his nickname because he used to have long hair and a scraggly beard. He had a friend who had a picture of him in his office comparing him to a wolf man. That friend continued to call him Wolfman until it stuck.

Wolfman has been announcing Coronado football games for two seasons and has done sports announcing for four.

In crafting an atmosphere for games, Wolfman says he wants everyone who attends games to have as much fun as possible at the game.

“It’s just basically a giant party atmosphere,” he said. “I want to get the fans and the players all charged up as much as we can. Win or lose, we can have the most amount of fun at the old ball game.”

When he first got hired in 2017, Coronado Athletic Director Brandon Larson sent out an email to several people in hopes of finding an announcer for football games. He said after talking to Wolfman for five minutes, he knew he was the guy for Coronado.

“He has used a great voice, humor and energy to make our stands a great place to be,” Mr. Larson said. “I have received several comments from not only our community, but visiting communities as well of how fun he is to listen to.”

Wolfman said his inspiration to get into sports announcing was his father, who died six years ago. His father, who was born and raised in Ohio, had a deep passion for high school football.

In 71 years, Wolfman estimated his father attended more than 600 high school football games.

“That’s my driving force,” Wolfman said. “Basically take the positive energy and the passion he had and use that to fire up the entire crowd.”

But sports announcing wasn’t Wolfman’s first choice. He said he spent 25 years being a mobile DJ for weddings. His past of wedding announcing has come as a source of inspiration to how he approaches announcing football games.

At a wedding reception, he said the introduction of the bridal party is the “grand entrance.”

“I like to take that energy and that kind of passion and transform it to the football field,” Wolfman said. “I treat the entrance of the team like I’m introducing the bride and the groom at a wedding. To me, it’s the same thing.”

Introducing the team on the field is one his favorite parts of announcing. Mr. Larson said he’s noticed Wolfman’s passion for the introduction making an impact on visitors.

“This last game against ALA Gilbert when our team was being introduced, I heard one of the kids from ALA say ‘this guy is awesome. I wish we got introduced like that,’” Mr. Larson said. “It was exciting to hear. (Wolfman’s) presence has definitely changed the dynamics of our home games.”

Wolfman says he also likes when Coronado players score a big touchdown because it allows him to announce it energetically as that player is “taking it to the big house!”

Even though he has a lot of fun, there was a learning curve when Wolfman starting announcing. He said it can be difficult identifying players on the field and making sure he gets their names correct can also be challenging.

He said when he does get it wrong, a parent will correct him and he appreciates the correction.

“The No. 1 thing I absolutely hate doing when I announce is I hate butchering a kid’s name,” he said. “It’s bad enough if you butcher a bride and groom’s name but if it’s a kid and a student, I hate butchering a student’s name. I obsess over making sure I pronounce all the names correctly.”

But it’s not only wanting to be accurate in his pronunciation. Wolfman has a passion for working with children. He says working with the district and as an announcer is the “greatest job he’s ever had.”

“There’s no better feeling than from going home at the end of the night and knowing that I helped kids have the greatest possible experience in education,” he said.

The end of football season won’t mark the end of Wolfman’s year. He will man the microphone for boys basketball games this season, a new experience for him and one he is excited to do.

Mr. Larson shares in the excitement as well.

“I hope, more I should say I know, he should bring that same dynamics to the gym when he announces basketball this season,” Mr. Larson said. “His style and energy are contagious. How could you not get excited when he gets the crowd going?”

News Services Reporter Josh Martinez can be contacted at jmartinez@newszap.com or at 623-445-2738

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