Mets on-air talent
Cohen, a Queens, NY native, is SportsNet New York's play-by-play announcer for all SNY-produced Mets telecasts. In addition, Cohen also contributes to SNY's Mets pre-and post-game shows, Mets Hot Stove and to www.sny.tv. Prior to joining SNY, Cohen was a member of the Mets' radio team for 17 seasons. Previously he has done play-by-play on major league baseball broadcasts for CBS Radio from 1991-1997, and for ESPN Radio since 1998. Cohen has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS Radio and Westwood One from 1991-2003, and has been the radio voice for Seton Hall University basketball since 2003, as well as the radio voice of St. John's University basketball from 1995-2002. Cohen has also done play-by-play for Rangers games, as well as served as the men's and women's hockey play-by-play announcer at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics for CBS Radio.
Before coming to the Mets, Cohen broadcast minor league baseball for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) of the International League (1987-1988), the Durham Bulls of the Class-A Carolina League (1986) and Spartanburg Spinners (A) of the South Atlantic League (1983-1984).
A graduate of Columbia University, Cohen resides in Connecticut with his wife Lynn, their children Trevor, Kira, Jess, Jaclyn and Zach and their dogs Wryly, Cubby, and Angie.
Ron Darling joined SNY in 2006 and is the network's Mets game and studio analyst - working more than 100 Mets telecasts each year. In addition to his game analyst work, Darling also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post-game shows, Mets Hot Stove, Daily News Live and to www.sny.tv. Darling won an Emmy Award for best "Sports Analyst" in his first season with SNY and again in 2011.
Prior to joining SNY, Darling served as the color commentator for the Washington Nationals on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) for the 2005 season, where he called 150 games. Prior to working at MASN, Ron served as an on-air analyst for Fox Sports Net, as well as appeared on The Best Damn Sports Show Period, the National Sports Report, CSTV and Baseball Today.
Darling spent nine seasons as a starting pitcher for the New York Mets and was a key member of their 1986 World Championship and 1988 Division Champion teams. He also has the distinction of being the first Mets pitcher to be awarded the Gold Glove Award. After a short stint with the Montreal Expos, the All-Star pitcher finished his career spending five seasons with the Oakland Athletics.
In addition to his work on SNY, Darling is on the Board of Directors for the Diabetes Research Institute and for Habitat for Humanity (New York City).
Darling was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Yale University where he was a two-time All-American - leading the Bulldogs to two Ivy League titles. He currently resides with his family in Brooklyn.
Duquette joined SNY in 2012 as Mets studio analyst and contributor on Mets pre- and post-game shows, "Mets First Pitch" and "Mets Hot Stove."
Before contributing on the network, Duquette served as a Major League Baseball executive for the New York Mets, Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. Duquette first joined the Mets in 1991 as an assistant to the Minor Leagues. In 1997, Duquette was named farm director for the Houston Astros, a position he held for one season prior to returning to the Mets under the same title. He maintained this role within the organization until 2002 when he became Assistant GM/Player Personnel. Soon after, in 2004, Duquette was named team general manager, becoming the third youngest GM in baseball at the time. In 2005, under Omar Minaya, he transitioned to senior vice president of player personnel. Following the season, Duquette left to the organization to pursue a role as vice president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles, sharing the GM duties with Mike Flanagan until October 2007.
Duquette hosts "Power Alley" on Sirius XM's MLB Network Radio and is featured on MLB.com. He currently resides in Maryland.
Nelson Figueroa joined SNY in 2015 as lead studio analyst for Mets pre- and post-game shows, and contributor to SNY's "Mets Hot Stove," "Daily News Live" and SNY.tv. Prior to SNY, Figueroa spent time at MLB Network where he appeared on various programs including "MLB Now," "MLB Tonight" and "Hot Stove."
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Draft out of Brandeis University, Figueroa pitched for six teams over his nine year MLB career -- New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros -- where he earned a combined 4.55 ERA in 499 total innings. Initially moved by the Mets to Arizona as part of the Bernard Gilkey trade in 1998, Figueroa made his MLB debut as a member of the Diamondbacks in 2000. Figueroa re-joined the Mets organization in 2008, and over the course of the next two seasons he appeared in 32 games, including 16 as a starter. Figueroa last pitched professionally with the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions of the Taiwan League in 2013-2014.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Figueroa currently resides in Jersey City, N.J., with his wife and daughter.
Keith Hernandez joined SNY in 2006 and is the network's Mets game analyst - working over 100 telecasts each season. Hernandez also contributes to SNY's Mets pre- and post game shows and to www.sny.tv. Prior to joining SNY, Hernandez served as a Mets game analyst for MSG Networks since 2001. In addition to his role on Mets telecasts at MSG, Hernandez also served as a baseball analyst for the network's Major League Baseball post-season playoff coverage, including the Subway World Series between the Yankees and Mets. Hernandez has won two Emmy Awards for best sports analyst for his work on SNY in 2009 and 2012.
Hernandez's Major League Baseball career began in 1974 with the St. Louis Cardinals where he quickly rose to the upper echelon in the League. In 1979, his .344 batting average led the majors and he shared National League MVP honors with Willie Stargell. He joined the New York Mets in 1983 and was instrumental in turning the team around, becoming a cornerstone of the 1986 World Series Championship squad. In addition to being named the first captain in Mets history, Hernandez earned a record 11 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1978-1988 as a first baseman, batted over .300 in six different seasons, and finished with a lifetime .296 batting average and a career on-base percentage of .384. His career spanned 17 seasons, ending in 1990 with the Cleveland Indians.
Hernandez was born in San Francisco, Calif. Keith currently resides in Jupiter, Fla.
Jets on-air talent
Chad Cascadden joined SNY in 2014 as a contributing studio analyst to the network's lineup of exclusive Jets programming, including "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show.
Originally a native of Wisconsin, Cascadden is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During his time at Wisconsin, the Badgers won the 1993 Big Ten Championship, 1994 Rose Bowl Championship and 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl. As a Badger, Cascadden earned several honors including 1995 Special Teams Player of the Year Award, Academic All-Big Ten, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Russ Winnie Award given to the player who exemplifies the meaning of student-athlete.
Cascadden joined the New York Jets in 1995 as an undrafted free agent. While playing for the Jets, he earned all-rookie honors from Pro Football Writers Association and was noted by Pro Football Weekly as one of the NFL's top special teams players. Following five seasons with the team, Cascadden had a short stint with the New England Patriots before returning to the Jets, and ultimately retiring from the league in 2000.
Erik Coleman joined SNY in 2014 as a contributing studio analyst to the network's lineup of exclusive Jets programming, including "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show.
Prior to joining SNY, Coleman was a standout defensive back at Washington State from 2000-2004 before being selected in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. As a member of the Jets, Coleman started 49 games in the secondary and collected a total of 373 tackles and seven interceptions, while twice making the playoffs (2004, 2006). Following four years with the team, Coleman signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008 and in his first year led the team with three interceptions. After two more seasons with Atlanta, Coleman moved onto Detroit before retiring in 2012.
Ray Lucas joined SNY in 2006, and serves as the network's studio-based NFL analyst. Lucas appears on a number of SNY's exclusive Jets shows, including "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show. Lucas also contributes to the network's website, www.sny.tv, as well as SNY's news shows, "Daily News Live" and "SportsNite." In 2010, Lucas won an Emmy Award for best sports analyst
Prior to joining SNY, Lucas spent several years as a quarterback in the NFL, playing for the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins and Ravens. Known for his athleticism and versatility, Lucas not only played QB, but also WR and special teams. Lucas led Gang Green to a 6-3 record as a starter after replacing the injured Vinny Testaverde at QB.
Lucas originally signed with New England as a free agent in 1996, after going un-drafted out of Rutgers University, where he played for three seasons, from 1992-95. After leaving the Jets in 2000, Lucas played in 17 games over two seasons for the Miami Dolphins before finishing up his career with Baltimore. Born August 6, 1972, Lucas is a native of Harrison, N.J.
Mike Westhoff joined SNY in 2014 as studio analyst on SNY's exclusive Jets shows "Jets Post Game Live!", "Jets Extra Point", "Jets Nation" and SNY's Jets Draft show, following a 38-year coaching career.
Westhoff spent his final 12 seasons as the Jets special teams coordinator, retiring following the 2012 campaign. With the Jets, Westhoff's units consistently ranked at the top of the NFL in overall special teams rankings. The Jets' 15 kickoff return touchdowns from 2001-10 ranked as the top mark in the league over that span. His Jets units set an NFL record by registering at least one kickoff return for a touchdown in 11 consecutive seasons (2002-12).
Westhoff's coaching career began in the college ranks at Indiana and took him to Dayton, Indiana State, Northwestern and TCU before he joined the NFL in 1982, serving as the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts offensive line, tight ends, and special teams coach from 1982-84. After coaching in the USFL as the Arizona Outlaws offensive line coach in 1985, he reentered the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, serving as a special teams coach from 1986-2000. Under Westhoff the Dolphins special teams were the NFL's top-ranked punt and kickoff coverage units from 1996-99.
As a coach in Miami, Westhoff was awarded the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award in 1989 by the Dolphins' players after staying on the sidelines full time while he received treatment for bone cancer. Westhoff was also voted the NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year by his peers in 2000 with the Dolphins. He has a son, John, who played football at the University of Pennsylvania. John and his wife, Elise, have a son, Thomas Michael. Westhoff currently resides in Florida.
UConn on-air talent
Eric Frede joined SNY in 2013 as the network's play-by-play announcer for the eight-time national champion UConn Huskies women's basketball program. Frede - a two-time New England Emmy Award-winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting - has over 25 years of experience broadcasting collegiate and professional sports.
Through the years he's provided play by play for Big East women's and men's basketball - including UConn games - plus games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Atlantic 10, America East, and Ivy League. He also calls football, baseball, hockey, soccer and lacrosse games for a variety of conferences.
At the professional level, he's called Boston Red Sox and New England Revolution games; he's also served as studio host for Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox telecasts. In 2003 he began work as the field reporter for select Red Sox telecasts on NESN, a role he had full time for the 2004 World Series season and the following year in 2005.
Eric grew up in Danbury, and is a graduate of Ithaca College. He and his wife Beth are the parents of two sons, Ben and Sam.
Prior to joining SNY, Meghan Culmo has been a color analyst on radio and television all over the country for more than a decade. She has appeared on Connecticut Public Television, ESPN, MSG and Lifetime Television, among others. While at CPTV, she hosted "The Geno Auriemma Show", which she has done for the past 15 years. Meg's playing career featured several historic milestones, including the first ever BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships. She was a 1,000-point scorer and All BIG EAST performer -- as well as Captain her senior year. Meg earned Most Outstanding Player at the 1991 BIG EAST Championships as the Huskies claimed the title. Her resume also includes being a member of the coaching staff that helped guide the Huskies to their very first NCAA National Championship.
Prior to joining SNY, Kara Wolters spent six seasons as the color commentator for the UConn women's basketball team on their flagship station WTIC-1080 AM. Her basketball career includes playing four years under Coach Geno Auriemma -- earning an NCAA Championship in 1995 where she helped her team post a 35-0 record. Kara went on to become one of only seven players in the world to achieve the elusive championship "set" -- NCAA championship (1995), the WNBA championship (1999) and an Olympic gold medal (2000). Kara also won a gold medal for the USA Jones Cup Team (1996); won a gold medal for the USA World University Games Team (1997), and a silver medal in 1995. She played on the US National Team in 1997-98 and 1999-2000. She also earned a European championship with her pro team in Schio, Italy. In 1998 she began Kara Kares, a foundation to fund brain tumor research, in honor of her sister, Katie, who passed away as the result of a brain tumor in 2004.
SNY's Sports News Team
Gary Apple brings more than 20 years of experience to SNY's news team, where he currently serves as host of Mets Pre and Post-Game Live. Apple also delivers the network's play-by-play for UConn Men's basketball and hosts the pre-game, half-time and post-game shows for the eleven-time national champion UConn Women's basketball program. Prior to joining SNY, Apple worked at NBA TV as a studio host, and also as a studio host and anchor for MSG Network's studio show, SportsDesk. Prior to that, Apple spent more than seven years on WCBS-TV in NY, where his work was praised as the best sportscast in 2003 by the New York State Broadcasters Association. Additionally at CBS-2, Apple hosted "Sports Rap Live," and served as sideline reporter for New York Jets preseason NFL football. Also while at CBS, Apple served as a sideline reporter for CBS Sports NASDAQ College Football and the College World Series, as well as studio host for CBS Sports Desk. He also made numerous appearances on the CBS Early Show.
Apple has also been a studio host for WFAN Radio and the Outdoor Life Network, where he co-hosted Summer Sportszone. He also did play-by-play for The Football Network's coverage of Ivy League Football during the Fall of 2003. Prior to that, he was seen as a sportscaster on the award-winning KTLA-TV, Channel 5, in Los Angeles and throughout America on Prime Sports' Press Box. From 1990 through 1995, Apple was a sportscaster for Los Angeles TV station KTTV (FOX O&O). Before KTTV, Apple was the weekday sports anchor at KMOV-TV, the CBS station in St. Louis from 1986-1990. In 2010, Apple won an Emmy Award for hosting the SportsNite: Lebron James special
Apple's other credits include: reporting for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" and play-by-play for USA Network's college basketball and for University of Missouri basketball. He has also worked for WNYT-TV (NBC affiliate), Albany, NY and WTOC-TV (CBS affiliate), Savannah, GA. While at WTOC, Apple was lauded with an Associated Press Award for Best Sports Reporting.
A native of Troy, N.Y., Apple graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
Jon Hein is co-host of SNY's daily debate show "Loud Mouths," joining the program in March 2016.
Hein first gained notoriety for his popular website JumpTheShark.com. Hein sold the site in 2006 and joined "The Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM Radio where he co-hosts "The Wrap Up Show" with show producer, Gary Dell'Abate. Hein hosted "Fast Food Mania" on Destination America and the pop-culture collectible show "For What It's Worth" on VH1 Classic. Hein just released his third book, "Fast Food Maniac," and makes regular appearances on MLB Network.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Hein was originally born in New York and has lived in the area since 1990. Hein currently resides in Long Island with his wife and two kids.
Coakley joined SNY in 2010 as an anchor and sports reporter contributing to SNY's sports and entertainment news shows, including "SportsNite," "Daily News Live" and "Loud Mouths." She also serves as SNY's lead New York Jets beat reporter. Prior to joining SNY, Coakley worked at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana since 2006. While at WISH-TV, she covered all sports including the Colts, Pacers, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, Big Ten football and basketball as well as the Indianapolis Tennis Championship featuring Andy Roddick and James Blake. Coakley won an Emmy Award in 2010 for her coverage of the Jets.
Coakley has also won two Associated Press awards. A New York state native, she is a magna cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She currently resides in Manhattan.
Steve Gelbs joined SNY in 2013 as an anchor and sports reporter contributing to the network's sports and entertainment news shows. Prior to joining SNY, Steve spent a year and a half at MSG Network, as well as four years at MSG Varsity in New York. On the TV side at MSG Network, Steve served as a host of the "MSG 150" during Knicks and Rangers telecasts, as well as a host for the network's College Basketball coverage. On MSG Radio Network, Steve handled the pre-game, post-game and intermission reports for Rangers Broadcasts - which aired on ESPN Radio in New York. In his four years at MSG Varsity, Steve was utilized in a number of different capacities. He was an anchor, host, feature & sideline reporter, play-by-play announcer and color commentator. While at MSG Varsity, Steve was nominated for 4 New York Emmys, including "Sports Anchor of the Year" in 2012. Steve graduated Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2009, with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. He won the Syracuse Press Club Award for "Best Radio Sports Feature," in 2009.
Sweeny Murti joined SNY in 2008 and serves as the network's Yankees beat reporter. In addition to SNY, Murti has worked at WFAN since 1991.
While an undergrad at Penn State, Murti interned at the FAN. After earning a degree in Communications, Sweeny was rehired by WFAN in 1993 where he worked as a producer. Then, after a one year stint at WIP in Philadelphia, Sweeny returned to WFAN as a 20-20 sports anchor in 1998. He became WFAN's Yankees beat reporter in 2001.
In addition to his duties at WFAN, Murti has worked for the Yes Network, WCBS-TV Channel 2 New York and WIP Sportsradio in Philadelphia. He also traveled to Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000 to cover the Summer Olympics for Westwood One Radio.
Taylor Rooks joined SNY in September 2016 as an anchor and reporter contributing to its sports and entertainment news shows "GEICO SportsNite" and "Daily News Live." Rooks also currently serves at the network's sideline reporter for UConn Men's basketball coverage on SNY.
Rooks is a 2014 graduate of the University of Illinois, where she majored in broadcast journalism. While attending the University, she worked for Scout.com covering recruitment news for the Illini football and basketball programs. Upon graduating in 2014, Rooks moved to the Big Ten Network serving as a correspondent for the network's staple program "BTN Live," and additional shows including "BTN Football Pregame" and "Women's Sports Report."
Rooks is the daughter of Thomas Rooks, the third all-time rushing leader for the University of Illinois football program, and the niece of St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock.
Jonas Schwartz joined SNY in 2009 as the host of the network's "Daily News Live" show. In addition, Jonas will serve as an anchor/reporter for the network. Prior to SNY, Jonas had worked at WNBC since 2005 where he served as sports anchor for "Weekend Today in New York" and host of "Press Box" airing Sunday mornings on NBC's Universal Sports Channel. Jonas also substituted during various WNBC newscasts throughout the week. During his tenure, he has covered sporting events ranging from Spring Training to the NYC Marathon to Giants training camp. Before joining NBC4, Schwartz was sports director and main sports anchor for Sinclair Broadcasting's News Central where he anchored sports for 16 markets throughout the country including Baltimore, Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Prior to that, he was an anchor/reporter/executive producer for KSTU-Fox 13 in Salt Lake City for 2 1/2 years. While in Utah, Schwartz broke stories on the Utah Jazz and the Brigham Young University football team and covered the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He has garnered several awards including the Society of Professional Journalists' "Sports Story of the Year" in 2001. Schwartz's broadcasting career began at Hobart College where he was a play-by-play announcer for all sporting teams and hosted a call-in radio show. Subsequently, he attended Newhouse School at Syracuse University where he received his masters degree in broadcast journalism. His first professional job in broadcasting was weekend sports anchor at KIDK-TV in Pocatello, Idaho. Schwartz, originally from Rockland County, lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.
Justine Ward joined SNY in 2016 as an anchor and reporter contributing to its sports and entertainment news shows "GEICO SportsNite" and "Daily News Live." Ward also currently serves at the network's sideline reporter for UConn Women's basketball coverage on SNY.
Ward comes to SNY from SEC country where she covered news and sports as an anchor/reporter for KNWA/Fox 24 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At KNWA she covered breaking news, politics and crime, and the Arkansas Razorbacks, including extensive coverage of the team's bowl appearances after the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Ward graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame. From there, she made stops in her hometown of St. Louis and in Los Angeles, where she worked in news while pursuing her journalism career.
Ward is the sister of former NFL fullback Lee Ward. Ward currently resides in Manhattan.
Doug Williams joined SNY in 2014 as an anchor and sports reporter contributing to the network's sports and entertainment news shows. Prior to joining SNY, Doug spent a year and a half at the YES Network. On the TV side at YES, Doug served as one of the voices of the "Michael Kay Show" simulcast. Doug also co-hosted and produced two podcasts for YESNetwork.com, and hosted multiple video web shows, including "Reply All" and "The Leadoff Spot." Additionally, Doug contributed regular columns for the website.
Williams, a Connecticut native, graduated from Elon University in North Carolina in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. He currently resides in Manhattan.
Michelle Yu joined SNY in 2009 as an anchor/reporter for the network. Prior to joining SNY, Michelle was a sports reporter at NY1 News.
Michelle began her sports journalism career in print, writing for Gannett Newspaper's 'The Journal News and Sports Illustrated For Kids magazine. In 2003, Michelle made the transition from print to television when she joined College Sports Television. She has also spent time as a sports reporter on Time Warner Cable's 'Sportstime' show in New Jersey. A Bronx native, Michelle co-authored her first novel, China Dolls, in 2007, and her second novel, Young, Restless and Broke, was published in 2009. Michelle graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in communications and currently lives in Manhattan.