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Joel Godett became one of the nation's youngest FBS play-by-play announcers in 2012, when he was hired by Ball State University at just 25 years old.  He's since become the school's Director of Broadcasting and announces Cardinals football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball on radio, online and on TV.

Versatile from the start, Joel has broadcast events ranging from CrossFit to the BIG EAST field hockey championships and the Horizon League and Mid-American Conference tennis championships to the MAC wrestling championships.  He's also broadcast a lacrosse national championship win while in college at Syracuse and has experience calling gymnastics as well.

In 2014 Joel earned mention in STAA's search for America's 30 Under 30 sports broadcasters.

A native of Clinton, NJ, Joel graduated from Syracuse's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  He resides outside Indianapolis, IN where he captains his Jewish slo-pitch softball team.  Yes, that is actually a thing. 

Ball State University:

Dir. of Broadcasting

Network TV:

CBS Sports Network, Big Ten Network, ESPN


2018 CrossFit Games

2018 ​Regionals

Univeristy of Kentucky:

SEC Network+

Eastern Michigan University:

ESPN 3 Broadcaster


Myrtle Beach Pelicans:


Media Relations Dir.


Fairleigh Dickinson University: 

Basketball Broadcaster


Bradenton Marauders: 


Coordinator of Communications

University of South Florida: 

Women's Basketball & Baseball Broadcaster

Buffalo Bisons: 






"You’re a good listen.  You sound interested in what you’re doing, and you mix info and personality well.  Keep doing what you’re doing."

 - Dan Shulman, ESPN

Quotes to Live By


"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."

- Fred DeVito