Joel Godett is no longer the voice of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
He called his last game in Myrtle Beach on Saturday night and is set to become the voice of Ball State athletics.
And Godett has a massive microphone to fill, but he and the Cardinal leadership believe that the Syracuse graduate is up to the challenge.
Godett was named to replace retired announcing veteran Morry Mannies on Thursday. Mannies has served as the Ball State athletic announcer since he was a student in 1956.
Godett has been named the assistant director of broadcast and multimedia services at Ball State after serving as the Pelicans’ director of media relations and radio broadcaster since February.
“We are extremely excited to add Joel to our staff,” Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl said in a release. “He is a perfect fit for our situation.”
Godett replaces Mannies, who retired after the 2011-12 academic year and after serving as the Voice of the Cardinals for 56 years.
In his role, Godett will serve as the play-by-play announcer for Ball State football and men’s basketball, while also serving as the television host for Cardinal Endzone and the Billy Taylor Show.
In addition, Godett will help coordinate all other radio broadcasts for Ball State athletics. Godett will also serve as a part of the media relations staff and will increase the audio and video presence of Ball State athletics on ballstatesports.com.
“It is an amazing feeling to be joining the Ball State community,” Godett said. “It is never easy following in the footsteps of somebody who has been doing this for 56 years, but I look forward to the opportunity. Over the next several weeks and months I am excited to meet the Cardinals fan base and dive right into football season.”
Despite his short stay in Myrtle Beach, Godett said it was an enjoyable experience.
“It’s a great place to work. Great work environment,” he said Saturday. “There’s an excitement about coming to the park every day and you don’t get that everywhere. It gives you energy and you can feed off that into what you do and it makes your job a lot easier along those lines.”
Godett was on the call for one of their most memorable moments, including the franchise’s first no-hitter – Nicholas Tepesch and Jimmy Reyes combined for the feat – in May.
“I’ve called a no-hitter before when I was at [the University of South Florida] in 2009, but they’re all special. You start every game and everybody, pitchers, fans – broadcasters are the same way – you want to see a no-hitter, you want to see a perfect game,” Godett said. “Inside your head you notate when the first guy gets on base. To actually be a part of one and to call one, it’s always special and always cool. I think of any game in particular, the no-hitter back in May stands out the most.”
Godett said he plans to use the experience he gained in Myrtle Beach as he joins the Ball State community.
“It’s just another way to hone your craft. For me it was the appropriate next step – from where I was last year – it gave me a place that I thought would help me grow professionally and did,” Godett said. “It gave me an environment to broadcast live so I thought it would give the best opportunity to put out a better product every night and it did. I’m certainly glad I came here.”
The Sun News’ Max McKinnon contributed to this article.