BETHANY GRAD JOINS MARINERS’ BROADCAST TEAM

BETHANY, W.Va. — The Seattle Mariners have announced Dave Sims as the newest member of their broadcast team. The announcement, which came Thursday, January 11, 2007, said Sims will focus on play-by-play duties on the Mariners' television broadcasts.7531photo_davebio.jpg

Sims, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Bethany in 1975 with a degree in Communication. After graduation, Sims started out as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News and then went on to become a two-time Emmy Award-winning sportscaster. Sims won his first Emmy in 1993 in New England and his second in 1997 in Philadelphia for his play-by-play work on football and basketball, respectively.

"The Communication Department at Bethany was my laboratory and it did a wonderful job setting the bedrock for my career," Sims said.

He has broadcast Big East college football games (1993-94, 1998-2006) and college basketball contests since 1991 for ESPN & ESPN Regional TV. He currently hosts “Basketball & Beyond w/Coach K” for XM Satellite Radio, with Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. He's hosted at MLB.com and "Phillies Weekly" in Philadelphia. Sims also calls Sunday Night Football for Westwood One Radio Sports, and he'll handle play-by-play duties during the upcoming NFC Championship Game and the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. In the 1990's Sims also provided play-by-play for CBS (TV) Sports coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament and served as a sports anchor/reporter/host for WCBS-TV in New York.

"This is a spectacular opportunity for me and my family," Sims said. "This is a chance for me to do something I've always wanted to do -- work for a Major League Baseball team from Game 1 on Opening Day through the World Series."

He was a finalist to join the Nationals' broadcast team when they moved from Montreal to Washington, D.C., prior to the 2005 season.