The Content Kids…

Connor Hines

I am a junior from San Diego, California studying in Indiana University’s Media School. Beyond my work with The Hoosier Network, I’m a broadcaster with BTN Student U and WIUX 99.1 here in Bloomington. This past summer, I interned with FOX Sports in Los Angeles, working on two different studio shows which air daily on FS1. We’re so excited to deliver you content of the highest quality this year, with football, men’s soccer, basketball, and so much more. Tweet me your hot takes @ConnorHines17.


Austin Render

I am a junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana majoring in Sports Media with a minor in marketing. I work for HN as well as BTN Student U and WIUX 99.1 FM as a play-by-play and color commentator. I’ve spent the past two years covering many sports at IU, specifically men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball. This past summer, I was fortunate to intern as a broadcaster with the Brewster Whitecaps.

You can reach me at and you can follow me on Twitter @austinrender.

Kurt Spitler

The Director of Creative Content at The Hoosier Network. Big Camera guy. I also talk to my friends on a podcast called The Flagship.


Ross Abdellah

I’m a Freshman from Carmel, Indiana. I am studying Sports Media with a minor in Sports management. Prior to working for Hoosier Network, I was the Social Media Manager at 91.3 WHJE where I ran all of our social media accounts among all platforms creating content for the station and Carmel High School. I now specialize in videography and I am looking forward to creating content for Hoosier Nation this year.

Jack Ankony

I am a sophomore from Mount Prospect, Illinois studying Sports Media at Indiana University. I joined The Hoosier Network during my freshman year and covered IU athletics such as baseball, women’s soccer and women’s basketball. I also have experience broadcasting games on WIUX. I look forward to expanding my coverage of IU sports in written form and video.

You can find me on Twitter @ankony_jack and through email:

Drake Garbacik

I am a junior from Michigan City, Indiana majoring in Journalism with a focus in Sports Media and minors in history and political science. Currently at IU, I do work with HN and WIUX. Previously, I have covered men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, as well as volleyball and baseball for the Hoosier Network. Follow me on Twitter @DrakeGarb. 

You can reach me through email,

Sam Neidermann

Sam Neidermann is the play-by-play voice of Indiana University softball. Neidermann broadcasts Indiana athletic events on BTN+. A proud Hoosier, Sam is from Fishers, Ind.

Jared Rigdon

I am a sophomore from Indianapolis, Indiana majoring in Sports Media with minors in Sport Management and History. Prior to joining the Hoosier Network, I covered baseball and field hockey for the Indiana Daily Student as well as men’s basketball for IUSTV. I’m here to bring in-depth analysis to IU athletics and to produce high quality content on every platform.

Email me: and follow me on Twitter @RigdonJared.

Tamar Sher

I am a junior from St. Louis, Missouri studying sports media and broadcast journalism through Indiana University’s Media School. In addition to my work with The Hoosier Network, I am a sideline reporter for BTN Student U. I’ve covered many sports at IU during my time here so far, including women’s basketball, women’s and men’s soccer, and baseball. This summer I worked as the Sports Broadcasting Intern for Camp Winadu where I had the unique opportunity to work alongside CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson.

You can find me on twitter @TamarESher or email me at

Bailey Wright

I am a freshman from Carmel, Indiana studying sports media with a minor in sports marketing. Before coming to IU and Hoosier Network, I was the exclusive content creator for WHJE 91.3, an award winning radio program at Carmel High School. In addition, I created content for Men and Womens sports such as; Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball. I look forward to producing content through Hoosier Network this year for IU Athletics. Feel free to reach me on email or twitter @_baileywright_

Jackson Yeary

I am a sophomore from Carmel, Indiana majoring in Journalism with a concentration in Sports Journalism within the Indiana University Media School.

I work for the Hoosier Network primarily as a writer where I have served on the Baseball and Basketball Recruiting Beats during my freshman year while also helping out in other sports too. In addition to my work with the HN, I serve as a broadcaster for WIUX 99.1 FM where I co-host a weekly radio show and do play-by-play and color commentary.

You can follow along with my work on Twitter @YearyJackson or if you wish to contact me, my email is:


Teddy Bailey

I am a graduate from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and studied in IU’s School of Global and International Studies. Prior to joining The Hoosier Network, I spent two seasons covering IU Athletics for the Indianapolis Star alongside Zach Osterman after becoming the Sports Editor of the Indiana Daily Student as a freshman. This past summer, I interned with The Philadelphia Inquirer — my hometown paper. In case you want to talk cheesesteaks or the Philadelphia 76ers, you can find me on Twitter, @ByTeddyBailey.

Eddie Cotton

I am a 2019 graduate from Long Island, New York. I studied Marketing in the Kelley School of Business along with Journalism in The Media School at Indiana University. I was the Co-Sports Director of WIUX (Indiana University’s Student Radio Station) and a broadcaster for BTN Student U. I am an individual that tends to thrive with bringing personality to sports coverage. I want to tell stories and help others tell their own. I want to provide a unique perspective. Most importantly, I want to entertain. The Hoosier Network is the ideal place to do that.

Follow me on twitter @EdwardKoton15  Email me at Please, pretty please, venmo me at @EdwardKoton

Josh Eastern

I am a 2019 graduate from Seattle, Washington majoring in Media. I am formerly of the Indiana Daily Student where I covered Indiana men’s soccer team and women’s basketball. At IU, you could find me broadcasting for WIUX Student Radio and on BTN Student U outside of The Hoosier Network. Former intern at 710 ESPN Seattle and broadcaster for the Falmouth Commodores. Email: Follow me on Twitter: @JoshEastern.

Zain Pyarali

I am a graduate from Edwardsville, Illinois majoring in Sports Media. I formerly worked for the Indiana Daily Student for two years serving as the Sports Editor and beat reporters for Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Baseball and Field Hockey during my time with the student newspaper. I also broadcasted games for BTN Student U and strive to bring you the best content possible in digital or written form. Email me: and follow me on Twitter: @ZainPyarali