Shawn Yonker is in his second year with the Hawks as Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Media Relations and serves as the primary contact for men's basketball and women's bowling.
Yonker came to Maryland Eastern Shore with more than 16 years of public relations, communications and journalism experience at four newspapers and as Communications Coordinator at Perdue Corporate. He has also been an adjunct professor of communications at Salisbury University.
He moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004 to become the Sports Editor at the Daily Times in Salisbury, Maryland. During two stints at the Gannett-owned news organization, he became a fixture in the Shore sports community and earned six writing awards from the Maryland-Delaware-Disctrict of Columbia Press Association and the Associated Press. Over his writing career he has also worked for: The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson, North Carolina; The Clarksburg-Exponent Telegram, Clarksburg, West Virginia; The Greene County Messenger, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. He covered high school, college and professional athletics and has been a freelance writer for a variety of organizations including the Associated Press.
As Communications Coordinator at Perdue, he worked with media relations, event planning, crisis communications, charitable giving, social media, and internal company communications. He devised, implemented and managed sponsorship of the 2011 “Strike Out Hunger” South Atlantic League All-Star game hosted by the Delmarva Shorebirds, which gained the company valuable exposure, but also raised over a quarter of a million meals for hungry families on Delmarva.
He has volunteered with the Maryland Food Bank, Salisbury City Park cleanup projects and the Oyster Recovery Partnership and is currently a volunteer travel soccer coach with Salisbury United Soccer Club.
Yonker received an associates degree from Allegany College of Maryland in 1995 where he was a two-year starter on the soccer team and an NJCAA Region 20 All-Star selection. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University's Perley Isaac Reed School of Media in 1997.
He was born in Flintstone, Maryland and lives in Salisbury, with his wife Sarah, son Kason and daughter Skylar.
Derek W. Bryant
Derek W. Bryant begins his third season with the Hawks as the Assistant Director of Media Relations and serves as the primary contact for women's basketball, men's golf, men's and women's tennis and softball. Bryant's duties and responsibilities include composing weekly releases, game notes, & recaps; managing the athletic department's website; and developing & researching stats and records in addition to feature stories and marketing publications.
Matt McCann begins his third season as Assistant Director of Media Relations for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Department. Matt will serve as the primary contact for cross country, tennis and track, while assisting in other areas of the department.
Will DeBoer begins his first season as Director of Broadcasting for Maryland Eastern Shore men's and women's basketball. In addition to serving as Voice of the Hawks on SFMSports.net and Fox Sports 960, he produces video packages for the Eastern Shore Athletics website. DeBoer also broadcasts Delmarva Shorebirds minor league baseball games during the summer.DeBoer comes to The Shore after spending one season as Broadcasting & Media Relations Assistant for the York (Pa.) Revolution of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Prior to that, he spent two years as Graduate Assistant for Broadcasting & Production at Columbus State (Ga.) University, where he cultivated many of the skills he uses at Eastern Shore. DeBoer also spent two summers as broadcaster for summer collegiate baseball teams in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Lisle, Ill.
Will earned his B.A. from Hope (Mich.) College in May 2014 and his M.P.A. from Columbus State in May 2016.
A native of West Lafayette, Ind., DeBoer currently lives in Salisbury.
The Office of Media Relations is located in room 1516 of the William P. Hytche Athletic Center on the campus of The University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The primary purpose of the department is to bridge the gap between media and coaches/players. All efforts will be made to accommodate the interests of those wishing to cover Hawk Athletics.
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This season, thanks to SFMSports.net, the live video streaming for basketball is paired with the play-by-play action from Will DeBoer and color commetary from David Byrd. Fans can also still just listen the audio coverage of the events if they choose. Future events may be video or audio only and will be clearly marked on the respective teams' schedule. The Shore posts the games covered on each sport's schedule page.
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