Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN3 will deliver close to 40 hours of exclusive Atlantic Coast Conference spring championships action, beginning with this weekend’s ACC Women’s Golf Championship at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club.
The schedule also includes coverage of the ACC Tennis Championships and the ACC Men’s Golf Championship later this month, as well as next month’s ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the ACC Rowing Championship.
The lineup follows a busy winter sports championship season in which the ACC and ESPN3 produced a record 37 ½ hours of event coverage.
“We appreciate our collaboration with ESPN, which allows us to feature outstanding ACC student-athletes,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We’re also pleased that the expanded coverage provides fans the opportunity to watch our events live.”
Coverage begins this Saturday (April 16) with live streaming of the ACC Women’s Golf Championship from 2 until 4 p.m. Final-round action is set for Sunday from 1 until 3:30 p.m. Sam Gore will handle the play-by-play, with former Wake Forest standout Laura Diaz – the 1995 ACC champion who went on to post 57 top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour – serving as color analyst.
The ACC Men’s Golf Championship at the Old North State Club in New London, North Carolina, will also feature coverage of the Saturday second round from 3 until 5 p.m. on April 23, followed by championship round coverage from 1 until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Veteran ACC announcer Mac McDonald will work the play-by-play. Brandon Turner, the golf pro at nearby Pinewood Country Club, will provide color commentary.
Former United States Davis Cup team captain Patrick McEnroe will serve as the lead announcer for the ACC Tennis Championships. Saturday’s semifinal action and Sunday’s finals will be streamed live each day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
McEnroe, who captained the U.S. Davis Cup championship team in 2007, will be joined by second chair Paul Torricelli for the men’s coverage and by Shawn Kenney on the women’s side. Torricelli spent over two decades as head coach at Northwestern, where his teams twice went unbeaten in Big Ten play. Kenney, a veteran announcer who has covered multiple sports on ESPN platforms, will work the ACC Tennis Championships for the second straight year. Brain Clark and Stacey Slomka will handle sideline reports.
The ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Florida State’s Mike Long Track will feature 3 ½ hours of live action on the event’s first two days, followed by three hours of finals coverage on the evening of Sunday, May 15. Tom Block returns to handle play-by-play for the second straight year. Lauryn Williams, a former Miami sprinter and a medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, will reprise her role as analyst following a successful debut at February’s Indoor Championships in Boston. ESPN3 will bring live action Friday and Saturday (May 13 and 14) from 6 until 9:30 p.m., followed by Sunday’s finals from 6 until 9 p.m.
Final day coverage of the ACC Rowing Championships from Clemson’s Lake Hartwell is scheduled from 8 until 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Gore will be on hand as play-by-play announcer and will be joined by analyst Steve Pritzker, a former head coach at Iowa who also worked nine seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia.
Links to ESPN3 coverage will also be available on each sport’s Championship Page on the conference website, theACC.com.
The spring championships coverage comes near the end of an academic year in which some portion of each of the ACC’s 27 championship events will be available for live viewing for the first time in the conference’s 63-year history. ESPN3 will have carried more than 80 hours of exclusive live action upon conclusion of the final championships in May.
In addition to the exclusive coverage of the ACC’s golf, tennis, track & field and rowing championships, complete game coverage of the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship (April 28-29, May 1), Men’s Lacrosse Championship (April 29 and May 1), Softball Championship (May 12-14) and Baseball Championship (May 24-29) will also be available on ESPN3 in addition their previously announced television platforms.