Athletics Department Intern Brian Brownfield Receives Oakland A’s Bill King Memorial Scholarship

Menlo College Brian Brownfield Receives Oakland A’s Bill King Memorial Scholarship

If you have ever tuned in to a Menlo College Athletics web stream, it is likely you have heard an enthusiastic “In the Net” or “Get outta here baseball,” the signature calls of junior student-broadcaster Brian Brownfield. Brownfield, a native of Salinas, Calif., has been an asset to Menlo’s Sports Information Department since stepping foot on campus as a freshman in 2013 and has put his stamp on over 100 broadcasts in 2+ years. All of the hard work he’s put in to honing his craft recently paid off, quite literally, when he was honored by the Oakland A’s as the annual Bill King Memorial Scholarship Recipient. The scholarship, given to one aspiring Bay Area student-broadcaster, is given in honor of the legendary voice of the Oakland A’s for 25 seasons, Bill King who is famous for his exclamatory phrase “Holy Toledo.”

As a lifelong fan of the Oakland A’s and admirer of King’s work on the microphone, the honor could not have been more perfect, according to Brownfield.

“Bill King was one of the best radio broadcasters of our time, so to be awarded with a scholarship in his name is pretty exciting. His professionalism, knowledge, and passion for bringing fans the action is something I always admired. Just to have my name in the same sentence as his is such an honor and a blessing.”

In addition to his work on the microphone at sporting events, Brownfield works closely with Sports Information Director Aaron Gillespie to complete various day-to-day tasks to provide coverage of all the happenings of the department’s 15 varsity teams.

“Brian’s commitment to the athletics department has been highly impactful,” noted Gillespie. “From day one he has been passionate and driven about a career in broadcasting and has taken a professional approach to each and every call. He’s more than deserving of this scholarship and I couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments thus far.”

The pregame ceremony took place on field prior to the A’s Sept. 8 game against the Houston Astros. Brownfield had the chance to meet with current A’s broadcasters Ray Fosse and Ken Korach and following the check presentation, Fosse invited Brownfield up to the booth to observe the pros at work. On top of all that, the A’s earned a 4-0 lead over the division leading Astros.

“The smile still cannot be wiped off my face when I think about the ceremony and meeting the broadcasters,” noted Brownfield. “Ken Korach, Ray Fosse and Vince Cotroneo were all cordial and willing to give me advice or helpful hints to get my career launched and I’m forever grateful for that opportunity.”

Along with the $3,500 scholarship from the A’s Community Fund, Brownfield also has the potential of an internship within the broadcasting department in his future. While the future looks bright for Brownfield, he was quick to note that none of this would be possible if it weren’t for Menlo College.

“Getting the opportunity to work with Menlo Athletics and broadcast a variety of sports has given me such a valuable experience, and I’m truly grateful for the chance because it doesn’t come around every day. If it weren’t for Menlo, I wouldn’t be on this path.”