Broadcast Team

AHSAA Final 7 Broadcast Team
2017
COMMENTATORS / REPORTERS
Matt Coulter
Matt Coulter is a 40 year veteran of the sports TV/ radio industry. His work includes AHSAA games where he broadcast for both the Final 48 Basketball and The Super Six Football. He has also done games for ESPN Regional, CSS, FOX Sports South, UAB, and The University of Alabama. Matt was the voice of The Birmingham Fire, Barracudas, Steeldogs and Jacksonville State University.
Matt currently hosts a weekly NASCAR TV show, “Around the Track With Matt” Wednesday nights at 7 live, statewide on ACN, Charter/Spectrum. He also co-hosts a weekly podcast, “The Matt and Matt Show” with former NFL player Matt Allen through James Spann’s twisterfm.com. Matt was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, raised in Huntsville and received a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Alabama.
Birmingham has been home for 30 years, married to the former Karen Hannigan for the past year and has three children: Jennifer Scott, Madison, and Matt, Jr. and a member of Grace Point Church.

Gary Harris
Gary Harris is WVUA’s Sports Director and joined the station in 1998 when it went on the air as NewsChannel 49. Gary has over 30 years of television experience having started his career at WHMA-TV in Anniston, Alabama in 1982. Gary is also the co-host along with Rodney Orr of Tider Insider TV.

Gary has won more than 20 Associated Press Broadcast Awards including Best Sportscaster in Mississippi and five consecutive Alabama Best Sportscaster Awards.

Having done radio and television Gary has called play-by-play for live and delayed telecasts of Alabama football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and gymnastics. His experience also includes radio play-by-play for high school football and junior college baseball and basketball.

Gary is a native of Miami, Florida although he also lived in Michigan, Texas and Alabama while growing up. Gary graduated from Cleburne County High School in Heflin, Alabama and attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. Gary currently resides in Northport.

Chris Blackshear
Chris is a resident of Phenix City, Alabama and works at Total System Services in Columbus, Georgia as a Senior Director of Account Management. He has been employed at TSYS for 23 years. Chris also serves in the Alabama House of Representatives after being elected in a special election in January 2016, for District 80. His sports reporting credentials include Football sideline reporting for the Troy University Sports Network for the last 12 seasons and has worked as a play-by-play announcer and sideline reporter for the AHSAA Super 7 Football Championships and Final 48 Basketball Championships since 2001. Blackshear has been married to his wife Kristen for 16 years and the couple have two children, Coleton and Katelyn.

Jerry Miller
Jerry Miller has been with the Troy Sports Radio Network for 24 years serving as the color analyst for the broadcasts of Troy University football, basketball and baseball games. Miller was inducted into the Troy Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 for his work. He also does radio broadcasts of many high school games and has served as the color analyst for television broadcasts of the AHSAA Super 7 Championships.
An alumnus of Troy University, Miller works full time for Troy Bank & Trust Company and has been in banking for 29 years. He and his wife Jamie live in Troy, AL and have two daughters, Jessica and Kelly. They also have six grandchildren – Jayleigh (11), triplets Miller, Mason & Myles (8) and twins Tate & Tucker (1).

JoVanka Ward
JoVanka Ward has been a basketball player, coach and analyst. In 2010 JoVanka was an analyst during the AHSAA Final 48 Basketball for CBS Television Network, and from 2009-2011 she was a broadcast color analyst for iHigh Internet Sports Network for the Alabama 6A State Champion Lady Bucs Basketball Team of Hoover High School.

JoVanka is the Founder and President of VALA Sports LLC, a Training, Advising, and Mentoring company and Executive Director of the Alabama Heat Elite Exposure Basketball Travel Club. She is in her first year as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Thompson High School located in Alabaster, AL where she also teaches Driver’s Education. Before coming to Thompson, she was the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Homewood High School from 2012-2016 where she led Homewood to the 6A State Championship in 2015 and followed up 2016 as the 6A State Runner-Up.

Christina Chambers
Christina Chambers joined the Raycom Media sports broadcast team on the inaugural season Thursday Night Touchdowns for the AHSAA as the sideline reporter for our high school football telecast. She has more than five years of experience covering the SEC, ACC, C-USA, and high school sports throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.
She began her broadcast career as a sports and news reporter at the local affiliate WLTZ NBC-38 in Columbus, Georgia, before joining the regional sports network Comcast Sports Southeast in Atlanta. At CSS, she served as the Auburn University beat reporter, and sideline reporter for Friday night high school football games with Raycom Media Game of the Week. Currently is a sports reporter for WBRC in Birmingham.
Christina was a Division 1 NCAA athlete at The University of Alabama-Birmingham, where she received a track and field scholarship.