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Scott Van Pelt Biography

Birth Name:
Scott Van Pelt
Birth Place:
Brookeville, Maryland, United States
sports broadcaster

Fast Facts

  • Offered a walk-on position on the Univ
  • of Maryland basketball squad by coach Lefty Driesell, but the six-foot-six Van Pelt never played for the Terrapins as Driesell resigned following the 1986 death of Len Bias
  • Emerged as a sports reporter and anchor on The Golf Channel, which Van Pelt joined shortly before its launch in 1995
  • Station wasn't originally available on cable in his home county in Maryland, forcing his mother to purchase a satellite dish to watch him
  • Anchored SportsCenter after moving to ESPN in 2001, adding work as host of the network's on-site coverage of golf's major championships
  • Developed numerous catch phrases and other humor in writing for his SportsCenter highlights, often inserting Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia accents when covering each city's teams
  • Talks sports on an afternoon ESPN Radio show with Ryen Russillo, having originally co-hosted with Mike Tirico and hosting a solo hour as well


  • Sam Van Pelt -- Father
  • Cathie Mathis -- Mother