Senior Evan Alfano used to commentate himself playing video games as a child, and is now one of Endicott College’s premiere sports broadcasters.
Alfano grew up in Bow, N.H. and has held a passion for sports since his childhood. He says he remembers watching countless hours of sports for entertainment, and was always intrigued by the role of broadcasters and what they brought to the game.
He wanted to begin a commentating career in high school, but never got the opportunity. Years later, he reached out to Endicott’s Sports Information Director Shawn Medeiros.
Alfano says that after he found the “courage” to reach out to Medeiros his junior year, he was able to join the broadcasting team immediately.
“I can’t thank Shawn enough for the opportunities he gave me and continues to give me,” Alfano said.
His preparation in regards to commentating is time-consuming, but something he says is paramount. Days in advance of a game, he goes over rosters, standout players, past matchups, and pronunciation guides.
“I try to get to a game at least a half-hour early and go over notes I’ve taken and to talk with my broadcast partner about what we want to talk about, and when we want to introduce storylines,” Alfano said.
In year number two as an Endicott commentator, he said the experience has been great in and out of the booth. Alfano relishes the competition within the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), and enjoys the relationships he’s made along the way.
“It’s also fun to see the people you share classes with out on the field competing,” Alfano said. “Endicott is such a close-knit community that it’s hard for me not to be biased as a broadcaster when so many of my friends are out on the field.”
Another positive for Alfano has been working with Cody Chalifoux, a fellow senior and veteran commentator at Endicott. Their relationship goes back to Alfano’s first game on campus.
“The first game I ever did was a soccer game with Cody,” Alfano said. “I remember being so nervous, but Cody talked about how his first game went and the nerves he had, and I slowly began to gain more confidence.”
Chalifoux and Alfano have worked together for nearly two years now, and Chalifoux says he’s admired Alfano’s commitment to the job since their first day together.
“Evan came in day one with the poise of someone who’s been doing this job for a long time,” Chalifoux said. “He never gets too excited or too dull. He emulates the moment and has been a pleasure to work with.”
Alfano’s favorite game to call was the women’s basketball championship in 2020, as he says it was the biggest game he had ever called. The game was a success on the court and in the booth, as Alfano says it was a special moment to hear his voice on the game’s final call.
The Gulls won the 2019 contest over the University of New England, 74-57.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Endicott’s season of fall sports was cancelled. However, Alfano hopes to return to the booth for his senior season, given if the CCC approves a spring season.