Mark Finkner Steps Down As Voice Of Red Raider Basketball|
Mark Finkner (left) is stepping down as the voice of Red Raider Basketball.
April 2, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Mark Finkner, who has covered Texas Tech Athletics for the last 18 years, has stepped down as play-by-play voice of Red Raider Basketball.
"Mark has done a fantastic job for a long time," said Red Raider basketball head coach Billy Gillispie. "No one is more thorough or passionate about the job that he has to do. We definitely appreciate the hard work. He will definitely be missed."
The 41-year old Finkner has been on the radio or public address for over 1,000 Texas Tech athletic events covering 34 athletic seasons in football, men's basketball, baseball and volleyball since 1995.
"There comes a time in your life when priorities change," said Finkner. "My wife, Jennifer, and my two children deserve to have their husband and father at home. I've already had the comment that many people will miss me, but my wife and children have already missed me too much."
Finkner called over 700 baseball games for Texas Tech from 1995-1999 and again from 2001-2007. In that tenure, he called all four conference baseball championships and 30 of the Red Raiders' 33 NCAA tournament games.
"Mark Finkner had the ability to get people's trust because of his talent in describing the game in such detailed manner that he made you feel like you were at the game," said former Red Raider baseball head coach Larry Hays. "He was Texas Tech Baseball to many, because of his connection and respect for the game. He was a true ambassador for the game of baseball and Texas Tech University. I really appreciated that about him and all the work he put into each and every broadcast."
"I will be forever thankful to coach Larry Hays, Kelly Robinson, Scott Parsons and Chuck Heinz for giving me a chance in 1995 to become the voice of Red Raider Baseball and all the wonderful friendships I've been able to make through the years," said Finkner.
The 1992 Texas Tech graduate also spent 12 seasons with Red Raider Football, three as internal public address at home games from 1995-1997, before going to the field as sideline reporter for the Texas Tech Sports Network from 1998-06. He also did public address for Red Raider volleyball for two seasons (1995 and 1996).
Most recently, Finkner has been involved with Red Raider Basketball as either full-time or fill-in play-by-play for eight of the past nine seasons.
"I want Tech fans to know how much of a privilege it's been to be behind the microphone to paint the picture for you as I've seen it. Like so many, I listened to the late Jack Dale call Red Raider Basketball, and at the age of 12, I wanted to be Jack. Not many people get to ever live their dream, so I consider myself blessed," added Finkner.
Finkner will still be heard on the Texas Tech Sports Network working in a fill-in role as needed.
Mark Finkner Breakdown
Overall: 34 athletic seasons in 4 different Texas Tech sports resulting in 715 baseball games, 187 basketball, 128 football, 16 volleyball for total of 1,046 athletic events over the past 18 years of competition
Baseball: Called two regular season conference championships (1995, SWC & 1997, Big 12) and two post-season conference tournament championships (1995, SWC & 1998, Big 12)
Baseball: Called coach Larry Hays' 1,000th, 1,100th, 1,200th, 1,300th and 1,400th career wins and his 2,000th career game (4-3 win at Nebraska, 2002)
Baseball: Served as Play-By-Play Voice for all but three NCAA tournament games Tech has ever played (2000 season) 30 of 33 games
Baseball: Nine of 11 First Team All-Americans played during his tenure
Football: Served as the sideline reporter for 113 games, including eight bowl games (Insight, Cotton, Holiday, Houston, Tangerine, Alamo, GalleryFuniture.com and Independence)
Basketball: Won second place in statewide PBP award for the call of Texas Tech-Iowa game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas in 2003
Basketball: Called for Red Raider head coach Bob Knight's 850th career win at Baylor (2005) and 900th win over Texas A&M (2008)
Volleyball: Served as Public Address for Texas Tech's last NCAA Tournament home match in 1995, win vs. Arkansas State. Also on call of win over then No. 1 Nebraska on Oct. 26, 1996 at the Coliseum (only win ever vs. NU)