In her 17th year with ESPN, Beth Mowins ’89 is teamed with color analyst Mike Bellotti this fall as play-by-play announcer for ESPN2’s noon lineup of college football games.
Only the second woman in her role, Mowins, of San Diego, Calif., said in an earlier interview with Lafayette College that her goal to be a sports broadcaster emerged during adolescence. “I grew up with sports and watched sports on TV,” she said. “I got interested in broadcasting…I knew early in life that’s what I wanted to do.”
A standout basketball player at Lafayette, Mowins worked at the College’s radio station and returned during summer breaks to her hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., where she interned with local television stations to gain experience. An English graduate, she earned her master’s in communications from Syracuse University in 1990.
Her first full-time job was with a radio station in Syracuse covering sports and news, then she landed a broadcasting job with the Big East Conference working chiefly with women’s basketball. She joined ESPN in 1994.
Read more about Mowins in Tom Hinkel’s August 7 story for The Express Times.
Mowins’ accomplishments are rooted in her experiences on College Hill.
“I remember four years that changed me tremendously,” she recalls. “I went in as a kid knowing what I wanted to do, but unsure of how I could get there. Lafayette was great at helping me find the road I had to take to accomplish my goals. It instilled self-confidence and gave me the tools to figure out what needed to be done.”
A four-year letter winner and two-year captain of the women’s basketball team, Mowins set the single-season (220) and career (715) records for assists, and ranks seventh on the all-time scoring list with 1,159 points. She led the Leopards to the 1986-87 East Coast Conference title in a thrilling 60-58 win over Lehigh.
In 2005, she was the 14th woman to be inducted into the Maroon Club Athletic Hall of Fame.