Scott Van Pelt

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Scott Van Pelt
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Van Pelt in 2013
Born Scott Van Pelt
August 4, 1966 (age 51)
Brookeville, Maryland
Education University of Maryland
Occupation Sportscaster
Notable credit(s) SportsCenter (2001–present)
SVP & Russillo (2009–2015, previously known as The Scott Van Pelt Show)

Scott Van Pelt is an American sportscaster and sports talk show host. He co-anchored the 11 p.m. edition of SportsCenter on ESPN, served as the co-host of SVP & Russillo alongside Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio, and hosts various golf events for the network. In June 2015, Van Pelt left his radio show to become a solo anchor for a midnight edition of SportsCenter.

Early life[edit]

Scott Van Pelt was born in Brookeville, Maryland,[1] and grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. He attended Flower Valley Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, and from the University of Maryland in 1988 where he studied radio/television and film. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.[2]


Scott Van Pelt began his career in sportscasting at WTTG-TV, a FOX affiliate in Washington, D.C. in 1990 and then moved on to the Golf Channel, where he worked from 1995 to 2000 as a studio host for some of the network's signature programs. He left the channel in 2001 to join ESPN, where he serves as a presenter for SportsCenter and is one of the network's top golf correspondents, covering major tournaments such as the Masters Tournament. He also is a prominent personality for ESPN Radio, where he was the co-host of Tirico and Van Pelt alongside Mike Tirico before the program was canceled and replaced with Van Pelt's own three-hour program, The Scott Van Pelt Show, in 2009. The show was renamed SVP & Russillo in October 2012. He is a studio presenter for Friday night College Football on ESPN college football games for the ESPN Network.

Van Pelt has also appeared as a commentator in golf video games, alongside Kelly Tilghman on EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11[3] and in a comedic turn in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am.[4][5]

In 2012, Van Pelt made the decision to stay with ESPN.[6] In May 2015, the network announced Van Pelt would leave the radio show SVP & Russillo to become a solo anchor for a midnight-edition of SportsCenter, set to begin in late summer 2015. The midnight show will cover sports events from the day, but will include additional commentary from Van Pelt and some popular elements from the radio show.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Van Pelt's family includes Lorenzo (grandfather)[8] Cathie Mathis and Sam (parents).[9]

Growing up in Maryland and graduating from College Park, Van Pelt is a fan of the Maryland Terrapins, Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, and Washington Wizards.


  1. ^ "Scott Van Pelt". TV Guide. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scott Van Pelt". ESPN Mediazone. November 17, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Van Pelt's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Voice Over Session". March 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Zombie Ninja Pro-Am Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Sherman, Ed (January 27, 2014). "Q/A with Scott Van Pelt: Looking back at decision to stay at ESPN; Radio show remains key component". 
  7. ^ Livia Coelho, Ana (May 11, 2015). "Scott Van Pelt Signs Extension with ESPN; Will Take Over Midnight (ET) SportsCenter as Solo Anchor". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ Pelt, Scott Van (4 July 2011). "Two Happy birthdays today: USA and my late grandpa Lorenzo from Italy via Brooklyn. I love and honor 'em both. The American dream is real". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  9. ^ "scott van pelt's dad - Google Search". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 

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