Billy Derrick, Founder
Billy is currently a junior at Ave Maria University in Naples, FL and majoring in Communications. His strong faith has propelled him every step of his life and relies on his trust in God to stay inspired. He currently works for AMU’s athletic department as the Play-by-Play broadcaster for football, basketball, and baseball games. Chad Withrow, radio host at 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, praises the young journalist, “Billy had the passion and foresight to start his own podcast at the age of 12, and had the talent to turn that podcast into a success. I’m confident that we are all witnessing the start of a productive career in sports media.”
Brian A. Carlson, Writer
Brian received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Lipscomb University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from MTSU. For the past 15 years he has worked in Special Education with school systems in Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties. He gained his love for Vanderbilt sports at an early age through his father, who is an alumnus of Vanderbilt Medical School. Together, they have been season ticket holders for over 30 years. Now Brian is passing that love along to his own family, including his wife and two daughters.
Will Byrum, Writer/Editor/Business Operations
Will received his undergraduate degree from Tennessee Tech University in Finance and recently graduated from Tennessee Tech University with his MBA with a concentration in finance. Will has been a lifelong Vanderbilt fan and a football season ticket holder since 2003. He takes pride in the fact that he has never left a game early (I know, right).
Jackson Tolk, Writer
Jackson graduated from Brigham Young University in April 2020 with a degree in Communications (Emphasis: Public Relations) from the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He’s been a Vanderbilt fan since he was a young boy, falling in love with the Commodores due to his grandfather’s career ties as a professor at the university. His dream is to one day become the Athletic Director or Associate Athletic Director of Communications at Vanderbilt.
Jake Swain, Writer
Jake is currently a freshman at Vanderbilt University studying undergraduate engineering. Jake has been a life long sports fan, and ever since he enrolled, a Vanderbilt Commodores fan as well. More specially, Jake has an interest in sports analytics and statistics. He attended the Wharton Moneyball Academy in 2019 and continuously works on projects of his own.
Braden McPherson, Writer
Braden is currently a Junior at Rockvale High School and is from Murfreesboro, TN. His older generations in his family persuaded his passion for the City of Nashville and Vanderbilt. Braden has been a life long Vanderbilt fan and was a first time season ticket holder in 2019.
Jacob Scholl, Writer/Media
Jalen Merricks, Writer
Jalen is currently a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is majoring in Sports Management. He was born in Denver, Colorado, but moved to Nashville as a kid, after his father accepted a job at Vanderbilt University. Jalen has had football and basketball season tickets for a number of years, and he enjoys all sports. He is a Mount Juliet High School alum, and has some experience working with sports teams, high school and professional. He hopes to one day work for Vanderbilt Athletics.