Sept. 11, 2017
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Lafayette women's basketball alum Beth Mowins '89 will become the second woman ever and first in 30 years to broadcast an NFL regular season game when she handles play-by-play duties for tonight's second of two Monday Night Football games on ESPN. Mowins will broadcast the Chargers-Broncos game with former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan and will also call multiple games for CBS this season.
To this point, the only woman to work as an NFL play-by-play announcer was Gayle Sierens, who called the Seahawks-Chiefs game for NBC in the final week of the 1987 season.
Mowins has called Raiders' preseason games since 2016. She joined ESPN in 1994 and has called a wide variety of sports, inluding college football since 2005.
A member of Lafayette's Maroon Club Hall of Fame, Mowins earned her degree in English in 1989 after completing an illustrious career on the hardwood for the Leopards. The four-year letterwinner was a standout for a women's basketball program that claimed East Coast Conference (ECC) tournament championship game appearances in each of Mowins' four seasons. She led the Leopards to the ECC title in 1986-87 in a thrilling 60-58 win over archrival Lehigh. A two-year team captain under head coach Pat Fisher, Mowins still holds the Lafayette single-season and career assist records.