HarbourCats HeadOnly

by Jim Swanson

April 4, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The Victoria HarbourCats have dipped into the local sports scene to fill its broadcasting role for the 2014 season.

Jordan Smith, 28, takes the role handled so well by Ryan Rouillard in the team’s inaugural season. Rouillard, from Oregon, is now the voice of the West Coast League-expansion Yakima Valley Pippins.

Jordan Smith 2014 broadcaster

Smith has been the play-by-play man for the Victoria Cougars for the past four seasons, and has also handled the microphone as PA announcer at UVic basketball games for the past year.

“Jordan has a great sound and is eager to get to work calling HarbourCats games,” said General Manager Jim Swanson. “In addition to calling all games, he will be playing a role in our game-day production with special features on the video scoreboard at Sports Traders Diamond at Royal Athletic Park.

He will be giving HarbourCats fans insight into what happens with the team on road trips through B.C., Washington and Oregon, and providing great content for our website, and for our social media sites.”
A born-and-raised Islander and graduate of Belmont High School, Smith has played baseball, hockey and lacrosse, and was the umpire in chief for Triangle Little League for four years. He has a black belt in karate, and is an avid follower of all Victoria area sports.

“This is a great opportunity for me to take a step forward in my broadcast career, and to do it with a team that has really been received by the South Island area,” said Smith.

“I want to expand on the great job Ryan did last year and take it to another level. I have some ideas for covering the team and the league that I hope the fans will like, too.

“I went to about 15 HarbourCats games last year, and loved every minute of it. To move up to the booth is something I’m very excited about, and I want to help people keep track of everything going on with the HarbourCats this summer. I have proudly worn my HarbourCats hat to many events.

It was excellent to see the quality of ball of the West Coast League last year, and there’s a great chance we’ll see some of those players in the big leagues someday, and I’m proud to be able to call that level of action. To see the crowds that were at the park last summer was a big part of the fun, and I think it’s only going to grow with the team trying some
great new ideas, and with improvements at the park.”

Smith is active on social media, and his Twitter handle is @VicPlayByPlay. He will be helping the HarbourCats increase activity on social media through his posts, particularly from road series, where he will have an eye to how the team is doing away from Victoria.

More details on the HarbourCats broadcast options available to fans will be announced closer to the season, with exciting initiatives in the works.