MIAC Weekly concludes outstanding four-year run

MIAC Weekly concludes outstanding four-year run

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For more than four years, the MIAC Weekly podcast offered fans an in-depth look into the world of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) athletics and helped put a spotlight on all the coaches, administrators, student-athletes and media members that make the conference so great. Wednesday, the show aired its final episode, as Podcast Host Mike Gallagher announced he's accepted a position that will help him further his college sports broadcasting career.

Gallagher was recently hired as a sports broadcasting graduate assistant at East Tennessee State University, an NCAA Division I institution located in Johnson City, Tenn. ETSU is a member of the Southern Conference, and Gallagher will pursue a Master's degree there while utilizing his talents as a key member of the Buc Sports Network. Gallagher will move to Tennessee this summer for an another exciting opportunity, as he'll join the broadcast team of the Minnesota Twins' Rookie League affiliate in Elizabethton, Tenn.

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"The MIAC has meant the world to me over the 10 years I've been in and around it," Gallagher said. "I spent my collegiate baseball career in it, got my education in it, and called games all across the state over the last six years involving each and every one of the 13 schools that make up the nation's best Division III conference. To leave is difficult, but ultimately, the MIAC has prepared me not only for the next step in my career, but the next step in my life.

"A big thanks to all those I've worked closely with at the conference office, those that have appeared as guests on MIAC Weekly, and those that have given me the opportunity to be involved with their teams. It's truly been an honor to work with such a depth of incredibly talented individuals. I may be leaving the MIAC and the state of Minnesota, but no distance can change the fact that I will always call both home."

"On behalf of the entire MIAC, we'd like to offer a heartfelt thanks to Mike Gallagher for all he's done to help promote the conference," said MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane. "Mike's podcast has been a one-of-a-kind product in Division III, and the depth and quality of his work was evident every single episode. He's also been a key part of our broadcasts at MIAC Playoff and Championship events, and his contributions here will be truly missed. We wish him all the best as he pursues his broadcasting dreams, and are confident his talent and work ethic will help him find success at East Tennessee State, with the Elizabethton Twins, and beyond."

Gallagher's MIAC Weekly podcast began in January 2013, and enjoyed a four-plus-year run on MIACathletics.com, with 174 episodes and countless unforgettable interviews and news updates. The final episode aired on March 29, 2017, with Gallagher changing roles from host to guest. Outgoing MIAC Assistant Executive Director Matt Higgins interviewed Gallagher about the show's history, relived some favorite moments, and looked ahead.

The podcast became MIAC Media's flagship, as weekly installments gave fans a closer look at the top stories and personalities around the league. Gallagher - an Augsburg baseball alum and MIAC broadcasting veteran - interviewed coaches, administrators and student-athletes from the MIAC each week, an examined the conference standings, big upcoming matchups and Playoff races, with an eye on the top headlines throughout the league.

All 174 episodes are archived on the MIAC web site, and will remain available for on-demand listening, and all are available for download.

Gallagher first began lending his broadcasting talents to the MIAC in 2011. He served as the play-by-play voice of the MIAC Baseball Playoffs and MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships for five seasons. He has also worked as a public address announcer at the MIAC Hockey Showcase and numerous other events, and has been a key member of the broadcasting team at his alma mater, Augsburg College.

Founded in 1920, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is home to 13 private institutions, all housed within the state of Minnesota's borders. The MIAC sponsors championships in 22 sports, and is committed to its four core values of Quality Athletics, Academics, Student-Athlete Well-Being and Integrity.

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