By Cody Tucker, 7220 Sports
LARAMIE — Dave Walsh has been courtside inside the Arena-Auditorium, calling Wyoming basketball games for the past 36 seasons.
That will come to an end in 2020.
The “Voice of the Cowboys” will remain as the play-by-play broadcaster for UW football, but will step aside on the hardwood.
“I want everyone to know how honored I am to have had the opportunity to serve as the voice of both Cowboy Football and Basketball for all these years,” Walsh said in a release.
“I’ve really enjoyed calling Cowboy Basketball the last 36 years, but it’s time for me to start cutting back. I’m very excited to continue to call and concentrate on Cowboy Football. I look forward to continuing my relationship with Wyoming fans, student-athletes, coaches and the UW Athletics Department as the voice of Wyoming Football,” he said.
Sources have told 7220sports.com that Walsh will take on a role during home basketball broadcasts.
Reece Monaco, who has announced Cowgirl basketball games for nearly two decades and hosts football pregame shows, will replace Walsh on the play-by-play call. Monaco has also spent the past nine seasons as the sideline reporter for Cowboy football.
The Billings, Montana, native, has worked in Cheyenne for 1240 KFBC for nearly two decades.
Keith Kelley Monday was named the Cowgirls’ new play-by-play voice. Kelly has been the sports director at Cheyenne-based KFBC for more than 10 years. Kelley has served as a broadcaster for high school sports around the Cheyenne area. He has also called UW games in the past, most notably Wyoming’s home football game against Wofford in 2018.
“Dave Walsh is one of the top college play-by-play announcers in the country, and we have been fortunate that he made Wyoming home over three decades ago,” said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director. “We are extremely happy that he has decided to continue his involvement with Wyoming Athletics, and we know fans will be excited to hear that, as well.”
Walsh, along with color commentator Kevin McKinney, have partnered for more than two decades in the radio booth. Known for his trademark victory call “The score, oh, the score,” Walsh was inducted into the University of Wyoming Hall of Fame in 2016. The San Diego native was also added to the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015. Walsh is a nine-time Wyoming Sportscaster of the Year.
Walsh has been the school’s play-by-play broadcaster since 1985. Walsh was the color commentator for fellow UW Hall of Famer Curt Gowdy in 1984.