Media Relations

Media Information
Photography

Player Interviews

Coaches Interviews

The Shore Sports Network

SSN Video Streaming

GameTracker Live Stats

Staff


Shawn Yonker
Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Media Relations/Sports Information Director

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.

Matt McCann
Assistant Director of Media Relations

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.

McCann joined the staff after three seasons working in minor league baseball. He most recently worked for the Bowie Baysox (Eastern League) as a Group Events Manager in 2013, his second tour of duty with the club after working as a Marketing Intern for 2011. McCann also served as promotions assistant for the Frederick Keys (Carolina League) in 2012, assisting in the marketing department. Matt earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from Mount St. Mary's University in May 2012.

Aside from earning his degree, Matt played outfield on the club baseball team and worked on-air as a DJ for the college radio station, WMTB. In addition to his duties at The Shore, McCann works as a game day statistician for the Delmarva Shorebirds and as a high school volleyball official and a rec league basketball referree. 

A native of Newark, Delaware, McCann currently resides in Salisbury.

Will DeBoer
Director of Broadcasting

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.

Media Information

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.


Please send correspondence to the following address:

Office of Media Relations
Department of Athletics
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
One Backbone Road
Princess Anne, MD 21853

Photography top
Individuals from newspapers, magazines and television stations wishing to photograph an Eastern Shore event should contact the Office of Media Relations prior to the start of each contest. No Flash Photography.

Player Interviews top
Interviews with Eastern Shore student-athletes must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance through the Office of Media Relations. They will be scheduled before or after practices. If practice times are not sufficient, we will reschedule at the student-athlete's convenience. Phone interviews can be conducted through the Sports Information Director. On game days, interviews will not be available until afterward outside the locker room and/or in the press room. A 10-minute cooling down period will be strictly enforced.

Coaches Interviews top
Interviews with the head coach and members of the coaching staff should be arranged through the Office of Media Relations. They will be scheduled before or after practices. If practice times are not sufficient, we will reschedule at the coach's convenience. Phone interviews can be conducted through the SID. No interviews will be granted before the contest on game day. After the game, players and coaches will be available to the media after a 10-minute cooling off period, in the designated media area.

The Shore Sports Network top
The Shore Sports Network is the sole source of audio and video from Hawk Athletics. The Radio arm covers all Eastern Shore basketball, baseball and volleyball competitions thanks to SFMSports.net. Fans can listen to any broadcast free of charge by clicking on the "Listen" link to the game located on easternshorehawks.com. This basketball season the play-by-play action for all games is brought to you by Will DeBoer, while David Byrd will join some broadcasts as the color man. Basketball broadcasts can also be heard locally on 960 AM. Randy Scott is part of the team for the weekly coach's show. Ricky Pollitt is the voice of Hawks volleyball as well as first chair alternate on basketball broadcasts.

Each game broadcast will be archived on the site throughout the season, so fans can relive any game, anytime after its completion. To listen to a live or archived broadcast online, please visit ech sports schedule page.

SSN Video Streaming top
Hawk Eye video streaming returns this season. Hawks fans, friends and family will be able to watch all home basketball, baseball and volleyball contests live on the official website of Hawk Athletics, easternshorehawks.com, free of charge thanks to a YouTube livestream.

This season, thanks to SFMSports.netthe 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.

GameTracker Live Stats top
Fans can follow all the action of Hawk Athletics from their computer with live statistical coverage via the Internet by clicking on the GameTracker link on either the team schedule or front page calendar of events.

 

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