NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In yet another step to improve the Vanderbilt Athletics fan experience, Vanderbilt announced Wednesday that Andrew Allegretta has been named director of radio broadcasting and Kevin Ingram has been elevated to director of digital operations.
— Vanderbilt Athletics (@vucommodores) June 16, 2021
“We are very excited to welcome Andrew and Kevin into these roles, as they will be the voices for the next great chapter of Vanderbilt Athletics,” said Candice Lee, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director. “They bring great experience and enthusiasm to Vanderbilt, along with a unique appreciation for where we are, and where we are headed. I also want to thank Tommy McClelland for his leadership as we reimagined our approach to radio and digital content to allow us to provide even more entertaining and engaging coverage of our student-athletes.”
Allegretta will serve as Vanderbilt’s play-by-play voice for football and baseball, while assuming SEC Network+ duties for men’s and women’s basketball broadcasts. Ingram will resume his role as sideline reporter for Commodore football games and men’s basketball play-by-play, and he will return to the booth for baseball coverage on SEC Network+.
Norman Jordan (football) and Tim Thompson (men’s basketball) will continue their respective analyst roles, and Charlie Mattos will remain on the radio call for Vanderbilt women’s basketball games.
“We were both humbled and overwhelmed by the incredible interest we received nationally to join our broadcasting team,” said Tommy McClelland, Vanderbilt’s deputy athletic director for external affairs and revenue generation. “The talented duo of Andrew and Kevin gives us a core team that is second to none among our peers. The broadcasting profession is evolving, and we must evolve with it. Between our traditional radio broadcast and an ever-growing desire for digital content, we will now have two talented anchors allowing us to meet the needs of Commodore Nation with the highest caliber of content across our platforms.”
Allegretta comes to Vanderbilt from Tulane, where he had served as director of broadcasting since 2019. Allegretta handled play-by-play duties for Tulane football, men’s basketball and baseball while also hosting the football, men’s basketball and baseball coaches’ shows and producing a wide variety of content for Tulane Athletics.
Before his arrival in New Orleans, Allegretta was the director of broadcasting for digital media and Olympic sports at Virginia Tech. He served as sideline reporter and pre- and postgame host for football broadcasts and was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Hokies’ baseball and women’s basketball teams.
Allegretta also anchored coverage of Olympic sports broadcasts on the university’s digital platforms and contributed to men’s basketball radio broadcasts and Virginia Tech Sports Today, the network’s weekly regional television program.
Allegretta was honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2018 as Virginia’s Sportscaster of the Year.
A native of Yarmouth, Maine, Allegretta graduated from Syracuse with a degree in broadcast journalism. He has also been the play-by-play voice for Charleston Southern men’s basketball and football, the Class-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League, the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast League and the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League.
Ingram, who has nearly three decades of broadcasting experience, has been a highly respected member of the Nashville media since 1998.
Ingram has worked in various roles broadcasting Vanderbilt athletics since 2002, including football sideline reporter and pregame host and play-by-play announcer for men’s basketball and baseball for the Vanderbilt Sports Network, as well as television play-by-play for SEC Network+ in basketball, baseball and soccer since the start of the network in 2014.
Ingram served as voice of Belmont men’s basketball for 17 seasons, calling all nine of the program’s NCAA Tournament games. He was recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference with the league’s media award in 2018. He has also done play by play for Ohio Valley Conference football weekly telecasts on ESPN3 and high school football in the Nashville area, including Tennessee state championship games.
A host of the top-rated Wake Up Zone morning show on WGFX-FM in Nashville from 2004 to 2020, Ingram was a 2019 finalist for Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year. He was also an award-winning sports and news reporter for WSM and WTN radio from 1998 to 2004 and game host for the Nashville Predators’ first playoff season in 2004, and he covered the Tennessee Titans’ run to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.
Ingram is a 1993 honors graduate of Western Kentucky.
In their roles, Allegretta and Ingram will work closely with Learfield IMG College, Vanderbilt Athletics’ multimedia rightsholder, which manages broadcast operations as part of the overall rights relationship.
"I have never worked with a more professional, more committed, more authentic announcer than Kevin Ingram. His work is so good and so consistent it sets a standard for all of us in the sports broadcasting business. In the biggest situations in games he never misses the chance to capture the essence of the moment. He tells the story and makes you feel it. I love listening to Kevin Ingram. And more impressively, Kevin is a better person than he is an announcer. I am proud to call him a friend."
Mike Keith, Voice of the Tennessee Titans
"Kevin is personally invested in his craft, a true professional in his preparation and gifted in his delivery when calling a game. He’s been a valuable asset to many of us in Nashville and will do the same for Vanderbilt. I’ll look forward to following the Commodores through Kevin’s new role with the radio team."
Casey Alexander, Belmont Men's Basketball Head Coach
"Andrew is a rising star in the broadcasting industry. He cares deeply about each event he's covering and you can hear that passion and preparation the moment he hits the airwaves. Vandy fans are going to appreciate his authenticity and genuine love for what he does. His voice will be associated with big moments in Commodore history and Andrew will help make them even more memorable with his talent and enthusiasm."
Ian Eagle, CBS Sports
"Ingy is the GOAT on being a true point guard of a show. I learned so much from him an his professionalism and being a pro's pro. Ingy is the best!"
"I'm so thrilled for Andrew and his family to have the opportunity to join the Vanderbilt community. Andrew was a close and trusted confidant of our inner circle these last two seasons whose infectious personality endeared himself to our student-athletes, coaches and staff. While we know he is destined for big things in the Music City, we will certainly miss him here in the Big Easy."
Travis Jewett, Tulane Baseball Head Coach