During a summer of change for Butler, the Bulldogs have finally named a replacement to one of the most vocal staff members that departed Butler, radio play-by-play announcer Brandon Gaudin.
Butler has tabbed Mark Minner as the replacement for Gaudin, who left to become the voice of the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets men's basketball and football teams. Gaudin will also host the coach's shows.
"I was quite humbled by the opportunity and beyond excited to work closer to the University and team that I am passionate about," Minner told InsideTheDawgPound. "
Minner was the halftime, post-game, and studio host for the men's basketball broadcasts, play-by-play voice for the women's basketball webcasts over the past four years as well as the play-by-play announcer for the football team webcasts during select Pioneer League road games during 2012.
It was his passion for sports and friend that led him to broadcasting and Butler.
"I got to know Chicago TV anchor, and Butler grad, Corey McPherrin who encouraged me to go to Butler," Minner explained. "I fell in love with campus and tried to get as involved as possible. Have him to thank for opening my eyes to Butler."
While Minner is replacing Gaudin, he is thankful for the opportunity and friendship he built with the former Butler announcer and will display a similar style.
"Brandon was a great mentor and friend," Minner said. "He'll be missed. I will try and uphold his broadcast quality.
"I try to think of a couple things with play-by-play. Treat it like I'm watching the game with friends, and tell the story of the game. I enjoy broadcasts that you can feel the passion in the voice, and ones where you can picture and feel the atmosphere. That's what I hope to create."
He will join former Butler player Nick Gardner in his eighth season on the broadcast.
"Mark has been a key piece of our Athletic Department since he enrolled at Butler five years ago," said Associate Athletic Director Mike Freeman said in a statement. "He has great talent as a broadcaster and is an incredibly driven person. Teaming Mark with color analyst Nick Gardner will keep our broadcasts at a passionate and professional level that our fans are used to."
Minner also has done freelance work during the NCAA Championships for Turner Sports in various sports.
Broadcasts for Butler basketball will continue to be heard on 1070 The Fan.