Joe Davis grew up in Potterville, Mich., the son of a football coach, dreaming of becoming a sportscaster.
Yesterday, he visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters for the first time, a full-time play-by-play commentator for the company. The photo gallery chronicles the meeting-filled day on campus from Davis’ perspective.
“ESPN is a dream come true,” he told the Beloit (Wis.) College alumni newsletter earlier this year. Upon graduating in 2010, Davis became the country’s youngest Double A broadcaster at age 22 when he was named radio voice of the Montgomery (Ala.) Biscuits, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. That season — two years before being named Southern League Broadcaster-of-the-Year — he began his path to ESPN.
“Joe was recommended by a Biscuits listener, and he was one of those finds where I immediately knew there was potential,” said Mike Moore, a Charlotte-based Senior Coordinating producer. “We traded emails and clips. I gave him feedback and advice, but he worked hard and improved to the point where we were ready to give him a closer look and started with some ESPN3 baseball last spring. He did so well that the Charlotte CP’s considered him for other sports, and he landed a regular spot in our football and basketball rotation.”
Joe Davis can be heard calling college play-by-play on various ESPN platforms. His next assignment: The Big East Softball Championship, Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3 (re-air at midnight on ESPNU).