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Beth Mowins interview

Beth Mowins has set no boundaries in her rise to fame as an ESPN sportscaster.

Over the past two decades, the 1989 Lafayette College graduate has ascended to the top of her profession.

Mowins, who does play-by-play, has called a seemingly endless string of events including the NCAA Women's College Cup, NCAA men's basketball tournament, WNBA, NCAA Women's College World Series, USA Softball, USA women's hockey and NCAA women's college basketball tournament.

Mowins, who starred on the Leopards women's basketball team under former coach Pat Fisher, went on to earn a degree in communications from Syracuse University in 1990.

Mowins began her professional career in 1991 as news and sports director for WXHC-FM Radio in Homer, N.Y. She began sending out demo tapes to local and regional venues and impressed the Big East enough to land a job working with women's basketball.

"I was fortunate that my career started right at the time they were starting to do more women's stuff," said Mowins, who resides in San Diego, Calif. "All the Big East markets would pick up local affiliates in New York and New Jersey. They started doing a Big East Game of the Week."

Mowins began doing freelance work for ESPN in 1994. Her resumé rapidly began to escalate and in 2005, Mowins became only the second woman to call a nationally televised football game on ESPN.

Mowins says she's never been intimidated about cracking the gender barrier.

"I was fortunate to run into some great guys doing the hiring," Mowins said. "It probably didn't hurt that there weren't a whole lot of females for me to compete with.

"I can't be worried about what people don't want me to do. I have to focus on what I want to do instead."

Mowins had a solid athletic background to build on. A three-sport athlete at Cicero North High School in Syracuse, N.Y., Mowins moved on to Lafayette where she scored 1,159 points and is still the school's career assist leader with 715.

Mowins played her first two seasons at Lafayette with prolific scorers Stacy Cagenello and Maureen McManus.

"My first two years they made sure I passed the ball to them a lot," she said. "They deserve a lot of credit for my assist record. They were terrific players."

The former Leopard also had high praise for Fisher, who coached the women's program from 1980-2001.

"We were fortunate to have a pretty good run during my four years," Mowins said. "Pat did a good job finding talent. She'd see the kids that the bigger schools missed out on and was able to scoop them up. The whole coaching staff did a phenomenal job."

Mowins has set no limits on her rise to fame as a sportscaster. Career highlights include covering her first game in the Syracuse Carrier Dome and calling the Navy-Lafayette Patriot League Men's basketball championship game at Kirby Sports Center in 2000.

"That was a big thing because I grew up in Syracuse," she said, "and the Patriot League championship was neat because it was my alma mater."

The Syracuse native marvels at the intensity of NCAA College football and also relished the experience of covering Penn State's great run in women's volleyball.

"There's something special about a college campus on a fall Saturday," she said. "There's only one (football) game a week and being part of it is a unique experience.

"Another great memory was watching the Penn State women's volleyball dynasty unfold. There were always 17,000 to 20,000 people in the stands."

Mowins says her career will not be complete until she covers two particular events -- her beloved New York Yankees and an NFL game.

"It's probably not going to happen, but that would be a lot of fun," she said. "You always have to go for bigger and better things."

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