Thunderbirds hire Dillon Clark as new VP of media relations, play-by-play voice
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- The Carolina Thunderbirds have announced the hiring of Dillon Clark as the new vice president of media relations and play-by-play voice of the team for the 2021-2022 season.
“We’re excited to have such young talent stepping into the organization. Since listening to Dillon’s reel, we’re excited to be acquiring such a professional. We’re excited to see what he does in the future,” said general manager Kelly Curl.
Clark graduated from the University of South Carolina on May 8 with his B.A. in broadcast journalism with a concentration in sports media with a minor in sport and entertainment management.
“I’m very excited about it, this is what I’ve been working towards for four years at South Carolina. I love doing play-by-play and I have ever since I started and I look forward to taking it to the next level,” said Clark.
Prior to accepting this position, Clark worked with Student Gamecock Television (SGTV) for four years as the play-by-play voice of South Carolina club hockey. While a student, Clark called over 80 games for “Cock Hockey.”
“Dillon is someone we’re confident in. He is an entertaining, personable young voice who will resonate with fans and we’re fortunate to be able to have him build our team media,” said majority owner Barry Soskin.
In addition to covering hockey, Clark has also called South Carolina soccer and softball for SEC Network+.
“I think it’s going to be a bit of a jump,” said Clark after being offered the job, “but this is what my experiences at school and Cock Hockey have been preparing me for.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Clark grew up playing hockey as a goalie from age eight to 17. He is a lifelong Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers fan.
In his spare time, Clark is a self-proclaimed “music guy” who plays saxophone and guitar. He also enjoys watching all levels of the sport of hockey. He even had the opportunity to coach goalies at South Carolina for two seasons.
Clark will be the fourth play-by-play voice in team history and will become the youngest play-by-play voice in the league. His hiring comes on the heels of previous play-by-play voice Drew Blevins being hired by the SPHL’s Fayetteville Marksmen.
Clark will assume all duties for television and radio broadcasts for the coming season. Stay tuned to the team’s social media pages for schedule announcements, ticketing updates and more!