Chiles brings new voice to Trine University sports

Though Geoff Chiles’ face is still relatively new on the Trine University campus, his voice is becoming increasingly well-known to Thunder sports fans.

This spring, the university’s director of sports broadcasting and social media is scheduled to provide play-by-play for a number of Trine baseball, softball and lacrosse games broadcast on WEAX 88.3 FM and Livestream video. This comes after he worked Thunder basketball and hockey over the winter.

It’s a job the Michigan native has been preparing for since he was young.

“I have cerebral palsy, so I was never much of an athlete, but I love sports and wanted to be involved with them in some way,” he said. “I was always told that I have a good voice, so I would watch Red Wings games, Michigan and Pistons games in my bedroom, mute the TV and do the play-by-play.”

He went on to earn a bachelor of arts in screen arts and cultures and English from the University of Michigan and a master of arts in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. He worked as a radio host and broadcaster in North Carolina before returning to Michigan to work as a producer with Cumulus Media and a broadcaster for Central Michigan University hockey.

When he heard that Trine was adding ice hockey through Shane Albahrani, play-by-play announcer for the Fort Wayne Komets, he emailed to see if the university was looking for broadcast help.

“All my email interactions, phone conversations and interviews really sold me on the people here,” he said. “I come from a larger university and this seemed like a great place to work and great people to work with.”

With a strong background in hockey he counts it a privilege to go down in history as the voice for the first season of Thunder ice hockey. He didn’t have as much experience in basketball before coming to Trine, but said there were many highlights to that season as well.

“As I did more games and found out more about the team, I really tried to express my energy and my joy through doing a game,” he said. “A lot of the athletes have got to know me and said they and their friends and family appreciate what I do on the broadcast.”

Another new role for Chiles has been that of faculty member, teaching the university’s Sports Broadcasting class. He says he tries to make the class interactive, with students analyzing a variety of audio and video clips.

“I feel the best way to improve at broadcasting, short of doing it, is to hear it and see it,” he said.

As he nears the end of his first school year at Trine, Chiles is looking forward to the growth of the Trine Broadcasting Network, which he hopes will include more video features, more video on social media and video productions that are more polished overall.

In the meantime, he is preparing for spring sports at Trine.

“I try to bring the best energy I can, and the best preparation for every broadcast,” he said. “If you don’t prep, even if you have the best voice in the world, it doesn’t matter.”

Geoff Chiles

Upcoming Trine University broadcasts

WEAX 88.3 FM

3/31 – Baseball vs. Calvin (DH), 1 p.m.

4/20 – Baseball vs. Hope (DH), 2 p.m.

4/28 – Baseball vs. Adrian (DH), 1 p.m.

Livestream (livestream.com/trinebroadcastingnetwork)

3/24 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Dubuque, 1 p.m.

3/24 – Softball vs. Wisconsin-Platteville (DH), 2 p.m.

3/31 – Baseball vs. Calvin (DH), 1 p.m.

3/31 – Softball vs. Olivet (DH), 1 p.m.

3/31 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering, 3 p.m.

4/3 – Softball vs. Kalamazoo (DH), 3:30 p.m.

4/8 – Baseball vs. Alma (DH), 1 p.m.

4/10 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Albion, 7 p.m.

4/11 – Women’s Lacrosse vs. Adrian, 6 p.m.

4/14 – Baseball vs. Olivet (DH), 1 p.m.

4/14 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Adrian, 2 p.m.

4/17 – Women’s Lacrosse vs. Olivet, 6:30 p.m.

4/20 – Baseball vs. Hope (DH), 2 p.m.

4/21 – Softball vs. Hope (DH), 1 p.m.

4/24 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Calvin, 7 p.m.

4/25 – Women’s Lacrosse vs. Calvin, 6 p.m.

4/28 – Baseball vs. Adrian (DH), 1 p.m.

4/28 – Softball vs. Calvin (DH), 1 p.m.

4/28 – Women’s Lacrosse vs. Hope, 1 p.m.

4/28 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Alma, 4 p.m.