Paul Harvey loves being in the booth
Post Independent Staff
PARACHUTE “People get more than just the opportunity to see great football when they got to Grand Valley High School on Friday nights in the fall. They also get the chance to hear the informative and entertaining voice of Paul Harvey ringing through the loud speakers.
Harvey, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-5-inch history teacher at Grand Valley, brings his character to the games with descriptive adjectives of how the Cardinal defense just sacked the opposing quarterback or how the Cards’ running backs seem to mow over would-be tacklers on offense.
Listen hard, and you’ll hear impressions of famous people or other amusing noises.
“I have a (President) Bush impersonation, I do Borat sometimes, some barnyard animals,” said Harvey, who is in his third season as the public announcer for the Cards. “That is just how I have always been. I am always joking around.”
The Silt resident got his start in announcing at Mesa State University almost 10 years ago. Harvey originally walked onto the baseball team at Mesa, playing for a year and a half before hanging up his cleats and going to the press box. It was there where Harvey started to develop his unique and comical style.
“I did a whole inning once in a British accent,” Harvey said. “I don’t really know why.”
He also used to hook up his lap top and IPod and play music, a feature the laid-back, slower atmosphere of baseball allows. He’s now adjusted to the fast-paced announcing style of football and there’s no time for sound effects, just for calling the game as he sees it.
“I love it. It is so much fun,” he said.
As long as it is sports, Harvey loves it. It’s reflected in his job duties that along with teaching include assistant coach for Grand Valley’s boys basketball team and baseball team. Growing up in New Castle and Rifle as a kid, Harvey played baseball and basketball for Rifle High School. After his playing days were over, he knew he still wanted to be involved some how.
“They told me to do things that I love,” Harvey said. “I love history and I love sports so I wanted to be a coach.”
So after graduating with degrees in history and education, Harvey got his first teaching and coaching job at Palisade High School. Soon after he moved east to Grand Valley.
Harvey, who will begin his eighth year of coaching when basketball season rolls around, had a connection in Parachute in girls head basketball coach Mike Johnson. Like Harvey, Johnson graduated from Rifle High School. Johnson, who is five years ahead of Harvey, was an assistant to former Rifle coach and current Roaring Fork boys hoops coach Roger Walters.
“I am kinda connected to all the coaches,” Harvey said.
Harvey is currently an assistant boys basketball and baseball coach with the Cardinals.
With his past full of basketball and baseball, one might wonder how Harvey got into football. As Colorado native though, Harvey bleeds orange and blue, loving the Broncos as well as football in general. It remains his favorite sport to be a spectator of.
“I love to watch football the most, I love to play baseball the most and I love to coach basketball the most,” Harvey said.
At the end of the day, when Harvey is done teaching, coaching and announcing, he’s got his wife Katherine, whom he met on a blind date, and their 15-month-old daughter Emerson, to go home to. His parents and siblings all live in Garfield County as well.
“We are definitely locals,” Harvey said.
Harvey even stays busy in the summers, when he picks up another job and works on his future political aspirations.
“I am a professional killer in the summer. I spray weeds,” said Harvey with a laugh. “And I am working on my 2016 presidential campaign because that is the first year I am eligible. My motto is PH is balance because I am a moderate.”
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