Broadcasting veteran Rod (R.J.) Pattison will be back behind the microphone for Coyote athletics in 2012-13. Pattison will serve as play-by-play broadcaster for Coyote women's basketball and in addition to those duties, will also serve as color analyst for play-by-play broadcaster Joe VanGoor for Coyote football.
Pattison has more than two decades of experience in the broadcasting field, covering college and high school athletics. He spent three years as a sideline reporter and play-by-play host for USD from 1995 to 1997, and returned to Coyote athletics in 2007 as play-by-play announcer for women's basketball, which he continued through the 2010-11 season. From 2009-10, he was color analyst for Coyote football as well.
Pattison has covered the South Dakota high school football playoffs, state wrestling tournaments, state girls and boys basketball tournaments and state legion and amateur baseball tournaments since 1990. He has also worked numerous collegiate sporting events.
Pattison has also enjoyed a successful broadcast career in auto racing. He is the founder of "Hosehead's Radio," an Internet radio site designed to deliver live play-by-play of sprint car and late-model racing. He has been the Internet radio voice of sprint car's most prestigious race "The Knoxville Nationals" for six years, has been the pit reporter for The Knoxville Late Model Nationals on SPEED Channel, is a track announcer at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, and is chairman of the Huset's Speedway Hall of Fame committee.
Pattison has two children, Alli and Bobby, and lives in Harrisburg.