Softball Announcers 2023
SEC Network softball announcers include Kayla Braud and Dari Nowkhah.
Here is the list of ESPN's Collegiate softball announcers for the 2023 season:
- Kayla Braud
- Dari Nowkhah
- Mike Couzens
Kayla Braud is a college softball analyst who will provide the play-by-play voice in the 2023 TaxAct Clearwater Invitational.
Braud joined the SEC Network in 2014 and has been working primarily as an analyst but calls some games during some tournaments. Her early career was involved with Michele Smith, and both of them used to talk about the softball games from the broadcast booth.
Her first announcing role came at the Alabama Crimson Tide's match against the Tennesse Volunteers. This came at a request since Kayla wanted to call the game with her former rival, Madison Shipman, who joined the network in 2018. ESPN described this moment as the 'Throwback Throwdown.'
Kayla is a former Softball player who played for Alabama Crimson Tide from 2010. With her outstanding performance, she received the SEC Freshman of the Year. During her Junior year in 2012, Braud won the College World Series and cemented her great legacy by receiving the NFCA first-team All-American two times.
Moreover, Kayla has also gone beyond collegiate softball by making her booth appearances for the Root Sports of the Seattle Mariners.
Dari Nowkhah is an SEC Network broadcaster who joined the platform in August 2014.
Nowkhah formerly worked in the football and basketball programs at the collegiate levels, However, he will be a crucial figure for college softball tournaments in 2023. He also does play-by-play calling for baseball matches.
Dari has a long history of broadcasting career, since joining ESPN in 2004 as an anchor. Later, in 2011, he saw himself becoming the host of ESPNU, a college network that runs for 24 hours. Nowkhah also worked as a host of Baseball Tonight for SportsCenter.
Before his ESPN affiliation, Dari was involved with the KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that, he worked at the local KLKN-TV as a sports reporter.
Dari began his professional life by working at KCFW-TV as a Sports Director. Nowkhah is a 1998 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Mike Couzens joined the ESPN Network in November 2012 and will announce the 2023 TaxAct Clearwater Invitational alongside Kayla Braud.
Looking forward to Sunday Night Baseball on @ESPNRadio tonight with @dougglanville as the Astros host the Rangers in the finale of their three-game series. We’re joined by Alex Bregman on the pregame show. First pitch a little after 7ET. pic.twitter.com/cavWzHyCDV— Mike Couzens (@MikeCouzens) April 16, 2023
Having spent more than ten years at ESPN, Couzens has been lending his play-by-play voice for various NCAA sports, one of them being softball. He also covers high school basketball for ESPNU.
Couzens also spent his career as a Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, a MiLB affiliate team of the San Diego Padres. There, he conducted play-by-play for all 70 home games. Mike also created the Speaker's Bureau to promote TinCaps and their history.
Before his time for the TinCaps, Mike worked as a broadcaster for the Big Ten Network from September 2013 to March 2014. Likewise, he was also involved as the Media Relations Assistant for the Dayton Dragons Professional baseball team in 2011.
Regarding his early career, Mike operated for the Syracuse Chiefs baseball program in 2010 and was an evening reporter for the WSYR 570 AM radio. Couzens studied at Syracuse University and graduated in 2010 with a Broadcast Journalism degree.