Mark Neely has been a play-by-play announcer with ESPN for over a decade. He began calling Major League Baseball for ESPN in 2001 and in future years added college football, basketball and baseball, as well as a variety of Olympic sports including soccer, volleyball, softball and the men’s and women’s NCAA swimming & diving national championships. Neely has also been a part of ESPN’s Little League coverage since 2001.
He called play-by-play on ESPN for the 2010 New Orleans Bowl and 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. For ESPN Radio, Neely broadcast the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl, 2011 and 2012 New Mexico Bowl, 2012 Compass Bowl and the 2012 Alamo Bowl.
Neely was hired as the lead play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres TV in 2009 and spent three season with the Padres. He was also part of ESPN’s coverage of the historic final night of the 2011 Major League Baseball regular season calling the St. Louis Cardinals win over the Houston Astros, and then reporting from the Cardinals’ clubhouse as the dramatic night unfolded.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Neely graduated from the University of Kansas.