Yarmouthport Native Gallant Named Y-D Red Sox Volunteer of the Week

SOUTH YARMOUTH — To most diehard Y-D Red Sox fans, he is simply known as “The Voice” from the press box behind the backstop at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field.

This week, Yarmouthport native Ryan Gallant was named the Y-D Red Sox Volunteer of the Week.

UMass-Amherst senior Ryan Gallant is in his sixth season with the Y-D Red Sox and was named Volunteer of the Week this week by the organization. Photo courtesy of CCBL

UMass-Amherst senior Ryan Gallant is in his sixth season with the Y-D Red Sox and was named Volunteer of the Week this week by the organization.
Photo courtesy of CCBL

Gallant, now in his sixth season working as a Y-D Red Sox intern, serves as the public address announcer for the Sox, yet, as most folks around Station Avenue know, he does so much more. He also handles social media, new technology, broadcasting, public relations and website development, to name but a few of the many responsibilities he juggles. Officially, he is the Director of Technical Operations for the storied ball club.

“Ryan is an invaluable asset to the Y-D Red Sox,” said Y-D Red Sox president/general manager Steve Faucher. “Aside from being the technical director, Ryan is always willing to help out in all departments. He truly enjoys what he does, and his knowledge of sports as well as his attention to detail in all aspects will open many doors to his future endeavors.”

Gallant has been involved with the league since 2010 during his days at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. He met Joe Rubin, who was Y-D’s vice president at the time, at a Yarmouth Little League banquet and inquired about becoming involved with the team. Rubin suggested broadcasting to Gallant, and the rest is history.

This is a pivotal summer for Gallant, who will be a senior at University of Massachusetts-Amherst this fall in the school’s prestigious McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts in the Isenberg School of Management.

Gallant is responsible for carrying out all day-to-day technical workings within the Y-D organization, including networking, computer repair, and upkeep of all equipment. He oversees the execution of all Red Sox broadcasts on Teamline and serves as the technical liaison for all broadcasts at Merrill “Red” Wilson Field by outside entities. During his time with the Red Sox, Gallant has led all social media efforts including measures to more than double Y-D’s previous following on Facebook and Twitter.

During the Cape League off-season, Gallant works with the UMass Football team as an assistant in the video office and as a student assistant in the athletics media relations office. He is tasked with filming all football practices and home and road games, as well as the preparation of highlight tapes and recruiting videos. With media relations, he has worked with nearly every team on campus, writing game notes and press releases and serving as the public address announcer for various UMass sports.

Gallant is CompTIA certified in computer repair and networking and was the primary technical contact for the 51st Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game, held in 2013 at Red Wilson Field.

Previous interns have gone on to big things, which serves as inspiration for Gallant as he embarks on the transition from volunteer and student to professional.

Gallant seems to have truly found his niche on the Station Avenue campus.

When asked how to describe his experience volunteering for Y-D, Gallant recalled lyrics from Main Street, a classic rock song by the legendary Bob Seger. “And sometimes even now, when I’m feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time and I find my feet… down on Main Street.”

Much like the sentiment conveyed by Seger, Gallant says when he looks back at his time with the Y-D Red Sox, it will be filled with wonderful memories and unforgettable moments.

— Story written by Cape Cod Baseball League intern Tori Cotnoir. Edited by Capecod.com Sports Editor Sean Walsh.

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