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Saint Vincent grad Cool is first female baseball broadcaster in Carolina League

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

What a Cool gig.

Suzie Cool joined the broadcast team of the Salem Red Sox this season, becoming the first female announcer in the history of the high-Class A Carolina League.

Cool, a Saint Vincent College graduate and former Bearcats softball player and coach, began her new venture on Friday when the Red Sox traveled to Woodbridge, Va., to play the Potomac Nationals.

A West Allegheny graduate, Cool joins four other active female broadcasters in the minors: Kirsten Karbach of the Clearwater Threshers, Emma Tiedemann of the Lexington Legends and Melanie Newman of the Frisco RoughRiders.

"I didn't just get here by myself," Cool told SalemSox.com. "There are many individuals who have taught me many important aspects about this industry along this journey that I'm on, and I would not be where I am without them. ... I'm ecstatic that this opportunity has found me at the right moment in time. I can't wait to dissect the game from a former player's point of view for everyone to finally hear."

Cool used to work for the AT&T Sports Network in Pittsburgh, where she helped produce content for Pirates game broadcasts and "Inside Pirates Baseball."

She also worked with in-game entertainment at PNC Park and is a former Pirates ball girl.

Salem games are audio-streamed at SalemSox.com and the TuneIn app and through MiLB.TV service.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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