The 2016-2017 year is the fourth for Rick Johnston as the Director of Sponsorships and play-by-play announcer for Taylor athletics.
Johnston’s duties include serving as the point person for all sponsorships within the Athletics Department, providing play-by-play on all Trojan Sports Network webcasts and producing all commercials and content for TSN webcasts.
Prior to joining TU, Johnston served as the multi-media and broadcasting assistant within the Athletics Department at the United States Military Academy. During two years in West Point, Johnston shot, edited and produced videos and content for the department website and CBS Sports Network, while also having his content shown on the video board at Yankee Stadium during the Army-Rutgers football game in 2011.
Along with his video production, Johnston also worked as the play-by-play Announcer for Army volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, spring football, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, wrestling, men’s gymnastics, swimming and diving, lacrosse, softball and baseball.
In addition to his time at Taylor and Army, Johnston has also broadcasted games for Ball State University, Wofford College and PSBLive.com. Johnston has also worked as a spotter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and the Denver Broncos Radio Network.
Johnston graduated from Ball State in 2010 with a degree in telecommunications. During his final three years at BSU, Johnston worked as a freelance sports producer for WRTV in Indianapolis, where he aided the weekly sports show, “Sunday Sports Xtra”, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2009.