OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — John Pirsos has done play-by-play for several notable games during his broadcasting career, including the radio call of Seton Hall men's basketball's near-upset of No. 1 seed Kansas in the NCAA Tournament in Wichita back in March.
Now, Pirsos is set to become the voice of NYIT Athletics on the ECC Network.
Pirsos will call more than 100 NYIT home games across all sports during the 2018-19 academic year while pursuing a master's degree in communications arts in Old Westbury.
"I had the chance to be John's mentor at Seton Hall, and I think this young man has an incredible future," ESPN commentator and radio studio host John Brickley said. "He's passionate about getting into the business and has a sense for the big moments when he is broadcasting games. More importantly, he doesn't expect anything. He knows he has to earn it. I think he's a home run."
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A native of Hillsdale, N.J., Pirsos graduated from Seton Hall in May with a degree in broadcasting, visual and interactive media. He minored in journalism.
While at Seton Hall, Pirsos called games involving the Big East program's men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, baseball and softball teams for WSOU 89.5 FM as well as the Pirate Sports Network. He also has interned with News 12 New Jersey, Westwood One radio and the Rockland Boulders professional baseball team and contributed to ESPN3's production of NJIT basketball.
In addition to being the voice of NYIT Athletics, Pirsos will be in charge of the department's overall game streaming and other video productions.
NYIT Athletics joined with its fellow East Coast Conference members to launch the ECC Network last August.
NYIT used that platform to introduce free, four-camera broadcasts in high definition that include announcers, replays and sophisticated graphics synched with the on-site scoreboards.
Pirsos did the color commentary on WSOU for Seton Hall's 2016 Big East Tournament finals upset of Villanova as the Pirates won their first Big East championship in 23 years. He did baseball play-by-play of Zach Prendergast's no-hitter against Villanova last year and color commentary for Shane McCarthy's perfect game — the first in Seton Hall history — the previous season on the Pirate Sports Network. He also has called the 2017 Big East women's basketball tournament and 2016 Big East baseball tournament.
Pirsos began his broadcasting career upon arriving at Seton Hall as a freshman.
"I fell in love with it immediately," he said. "Everything from play-by-play to talk shows to preparing, I love doing it all. My favorite sport to call is basketball, because it's fast-paced, but there also is time to tell the players' and teams' stories."
As for Brickley's influence on his career, Pirsos added about his fellow Seton Hall alum: "John gave me a lot of confidence, because when he first listened to my reel, he thought I was talented and had a bright future. That meant a lot coming from someone who works at ESPN. It's also comforting to know that someone from Seton Hall made it in this business, because it is very competitive. Knowing that he can keep me on the right path is very beneficial."