Spider IMG Sports Network
Bob Black, Assistant Athletic Director/Communications, and a voice synonymous with University of Richmond athletics, provides the play-by-play account for Spider football and men's basketball broadcasts. He has called Spider athletic events since the 1983-84 basketball season. During that span, Black has been behind the microphone for every NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament game that Richmond has ever played, called the football team's run to the 2008 National Championship and the baseball team's appearance in the NCAA Super Regional in 2002. Black hosts weekly radio call-in shows with head men's basketball coach Chris Mooney and head football coach Danny Rocco Tuesdays noon-1pm at Outback Steakhouse, 7917 W. Broad St. on ESPN 950AM and RichmondSpiders.com.
Considered one of the premier broadcasters in the state of Virginia, Black was honored with the 1997, 2000, 2008 and 2010 Virginia Sportscaster of the Year Award.
A 1981 graduate of Syracuse University, Black and his wife, Karen reside in Richmond. They have a son, Will (16), who plays on the baseball and basketball teams at Godwin High School, and a daughter, Sarah (22), a 2012 graduate of Bridgewater (Va.) College.
Former defensive standout Jasmonn Coleman '98 joined Black as analyst for football broadcasts in 2005, and returns for his eighth season in the booth in 2012. Coleman, a Richmond native from Henrico High School, helped make the Spider defense tops in the Atlantic 10 in the late 1990's. Jasmonn, his wife Niko and son Dyson reside on Richmond's Southside.
Joining Black and Coleman is sideline reporter Matt Smith '92, who returns for his tenth full season in 2012 of providing a field-level analysis of the game and postgame interviews from the Spider locker room. Smith also handles play-by-play duties for Spider women's basketball broadcasts. Matt and his wife Heather '99 reside in Bon Air with their three children, Gillian (7), Owen (5), Wyatt (2).
On men's basketball broadcasts, former Spider guard Greg Beckwith '86, the program's all-time steals and assists leader, joins Black to provide analysis. Beckwith, a member of the University of Richmond Athletics Hall of Fame, was the starting point guard on the Spiders' first-ever NCAA team in 1984, and returned to the Big Dance his senior season in 1986. Greg, his wife Julie '87, and their children Brittany (13) and BJ (11) reside in Midlothian.
Studio producer and Spider Sportsdesk anchor Matt Josephs, like Black a Syracuse grad, rounds out the broadcast team, keeping listeners up-to-date with out-of-town scores and highlights.
The Spider IMG Sports Network can be heard on ESPN 950AM and WOLF 93.1FM throughout the Richmond and Central Virginia area. Spider football and men's basketball broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio, streamed live on RichmondSpiders.com and ESPN950am.com and available on the Spider Mobile App on iPhone, iPad and Android.