Nov. 18, 2015

Jack Nolan of Fighting Irish Media has received an Emmy Award for his work producing and hosting University of Notre Dame athletics television and radio shows and for his play-by-play announcing. It marks the first Emmy received by Fighting Irish Media.

Nolan on Nov. 7 received the Emmy from the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Science for Outstanding Achievement in the category of On-Camera Talent–Sports Anchor/Reporter/Play by Play.

Nolan, a 34-year media veteran, brings a passion for Notre Dame and broadcasting that is unmistakable in any of his media work. His longevity has featured coverage of and collaboration with six Notre Dame football coaches and four Irish men’s basketball coaches.

Nolan’s interactions with Irish teams, coaches and athletes could fill books–including the time Notre Dame assistant basketball coaches told the 25-year-old neophyte to unwittingly sit in Irish head coach Digger Phelps’ bus seat, only to be mercilessly berated by Phelps when he walked onto the bus. (Phelps has yet to let him live that incident down to this day.)

Regardless of the situation, there has been one phrase that best describes Nolan: a consummate professional. He embodies professionalism in every sense of the word, passionately preparing for perfection to make those around him better, researching statistics and bringing the excitement of the game to listeners with phrases like “GOT IT!”