Director of Broadcasting
Roger Hoover is in his fifth season as the Director of Broadcasting and radio play-by-play announcer for the Jacksonville Suns. The 2016 season marks his ninth year broadcasting professional baseball.
Hoover has spent the past seven seasons broadcasting baseball in the Southern League, starting as a broadcast assistant with the Tennessee Smokies in 2009 for three seasons before joining the Suns.
His experience in the Southern League includes: providing play-by-play in the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014 Southern League Championship Series, working with baseball Hall of Famer and 2009 Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg, being a part of the radio coverage for the 2010, 2012, and 2013 Southern League All-Star Games, as well as the 2010 & 2014 Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
In the baseball offseason, Hoover is the radio play-by-play broadcaster for University of Alabama women’s basketball on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, and also provides play-by-play for SEC Network+ broadcasts of baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer.
Hoover, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, spent his first season broadcasting professional baseball in his hometown with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League in 2008. Hoover graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2010 and has served his alma mater as a broadcaster and reporter for numerous Volunteer sports since his broadcasting career began with the Vol Network in 2006. He has also previously provided play-by-play for Carson-Newman University basketball and Maryville College football and basketball.
Media & Public Relations Manager
Marco works to serve the media locally, regionally and nationally and facilitates their coverage of the Suns organization. He coordinates the Suns’ presence on a variety of media platforms and is also on the Suns radio broadcast team for home games.
One of two brothers and a native of St. Cloud, Minn., Marco earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota and also completed a science-writing internship at the Princeton (N.J.) Plasma Physics Laboratory. He was a radio production assistant with the Minnesota Twins in 2011, and he moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 2012 to work for the Quad Cities River Bandits (Class-A Midwest League). In the Quad Cities, he was the head of media relations and lead play-by-play broadcaster for four years with the River Bandits. He also broadcasted local high school football and basketball.
New to the Sunshine State – and south of all his family – when he moved to Jacksonville in December 2015, Marco is an active member of the Catholic Church and a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also been a regular volunteer for Junior Achievement and a blood and platelet donor.