Yale Kolin Stays Callin’ the Game
by Israel Gomez
If you’ve been to a Northside varsity volleyball or basketball game, chances are you have seen Yale Kolin, Adv. 907, in the front row doing what he does best: play-by-play commentating.
Yale loves sports. By just visiting his personal Instagram page, @yoshibowser28, viewers will find countless posts documenting the latest news in the NBA and NFL. While on his page, one might even catch a livestream of a Northside game. These livestreams began in October, originally beginning with the women’s varsity volleyball team. His commentating got the crowd pumped up so much by, for example, giving each player her own unique nickname: “Hurri-Caroline” for Caroline Merck, Adv. 901, and “The Governor” for Elisabeth McGovern, Adv. 911, were among fan favorites. Since then, Yale has continued to commentate on girls sports, and, lately, boys basketball as well.
Commentating is no easy job. A professional commentator has to recognize plays as they unfold before them and remain engaging throughout the entire game. It’s a tough hobby, but, for Yale, a very worthwhile one. He says, “I want to go into the radio industry later on in life, especially in sports, so this may provide some good experience about what it’s like in the business. Plus, I like it, so it’s kinda like a hobby. It’s kinda like a real job and it’s also a hobby.”
Yale has appreciated the reaction he’s gotten from people. “People have been overwhelming supportive. After tonight, many of the boys basketball players on the team said they want to hear more of me, and, also, the crowd loves it, so it's been a very successful past couple months, and this experiment has turned out to be a resounding success.” He didn’t know whether it’d be a success in the first place, but this “experiment” has taught him much about what a job in the business looks like. “The one thing I've learned is, well, this entire thing in general has been a big learning experience. Of course I started off with trouble describing the plays, but, as time went on, I learned more about the game and started to become better. I want to become sharper and more enthusiastic, and I have to attribute that to the experience I’ve gained in the last couple months.”
For Yale, this is the beginning of a long journey commentating on Northside sports. He has plans to continue through the rest of the year, and has even expanded his reach on social media. The new Instagram, @mustangssportsnet, is specifically dedicated to his livestreams and will begin coverage in the Spring.
Until then, you can catch his lively commentary at most Northside games and see his determination to perfect his craft first-hand. For all of his listeners out there, he says, “Just follow your dreams, all that corny stuff you know.” Remember to follow his Facebook under Yale Kolin or the Mustang Sportsnet Instagram to find his coverage on any games you might have missed.