Pollacchi brings play-by-play to Alpine

Derek Pollacchi

Alpine o6 Cowboys sports announcer and local radio sports director Derek Pollacchi took a circuitous route to the Big Bend.

Born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1992, he bounced around several Bay State cities and towns until moving to New York in 2003, finally settling in Saratoga Springs, New York in 2005. He called the Springs home until moving to Alpine in March of 2017.  

Pollacchi attended Plattsburgh State University in New York, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.  His brother, Leejay Pollacchi, played for the Alpine Cowboys in 2014, and upon hearing KVLF needed a broadcaster, informed Derek about the position.  Derek then called Ray Hendryx and Cowboy's Manager Ryan Stevens to talk about the position and the team.  

Soon after, Stevens hired Pollacchi, and flew him out to West Texas where he started out doing play-by-play for KVLF, along with serving as assistant director of baseball operations and statistician for the Cowboys baseball team. In 2015-2016, Pollacchi added clubhouse manager to his duties, and currently serves as the assistant general manager.

He has extensive experience in broadcasting, and between 2014 and 2017, he announced basketball, field hockey, football, ice hockey, and soccer, all play-by-play. In sports broadcasting, a sports commentator gives a running commentary of a game or event in real time, usually during a live broadcast. 

Pollacchi also found himself covering more and more college and high school sporting events, but in 2015 and 2016, came back to the Cowboys for new KVLF owner Martin Benevich.  

"I really don't know what my future plans hold, as I feel I have been extremely fortunate to be able to work in the profession I love since graduating from college, and now to be lucky enough to be working full time in the field," said Pollacchi. "I can only wait and see where the road takes me and who might pick up the phone and call me next. But for now, I’m grateful and just happy to be here with this community, and Cowboys family and fans!"  

Kristin Cavness, General Manager of Big Bend Community Baseball and Softball, LLC, added, “What I love so much about Derek is that he is so animated and intense when he announces on the radio. When I am unfortunately unable to make a game, and have to listen to it on the radio, he makes me feel like I am right there watching it live the whole time. We are very fortunate to have Derek as a radio announcer and assistant GM.  He just makes it all more fun.”

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