Josh Suchon’s tenure calling Mountain West women’s basketball games will take a new turn this season.
Suchon, who has handled play-by-play duties for the University of New Mexico women and Minor League Baseball’s Albuquerque Isotopes in recent years, is the new radio voice for the University of Nevada’s women’s basketball and baseball programs. Learfield IMG College announced Suchon’s hiring Friday.
It’s a convenient move for Suchon, whose parents live in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, but he said the decision to leave Albuquerque was not easy.
“I’ve had sleepless nights over this decision,” Suchon said in a phone interview from Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday – a midway stop on his relocation drive to Reno. “It’s been really stressful, but the opportunity to reconnect with my family and make money again was too good to pass up.”
The coronavirus pandemic played a significant role in Suchon’s change of venue. The 46-year-old California native spent seven seasons calling Isotopes games before the 2020 minor league season was canceled. He was furloughed along with most of the Isotopes’ full-time staff in July, breaking a personal streak of covering baseball every season that dated back to 1998.
Isotopes general manager John Traub said Suchon discussed the position in Nevada with him.
“It’s a great opportunity for Josh to continue his play-by-play career and we fully support him,” Traub said. “This doesn’t preclude him from coming back to us. At this point the 2021 season is still up in the air, but Josh has done a great job for us. We’ll have a conversation when the time comes.”
“That chapter is not necessarily over,” he said. “There’s just so much uncertainty with things right now.”
Suchon also covered UNM women’s basketball for the past five seasons, but there is currently little certainty regarding the Lobos’ 2020-21 campaign. Because of New Mexico’s strict pandemic restrictions, UNM’s men’s and women’s teams relocated to West Texas on Friday, where they are able to hold full practices that currently are prohibited in their home state.
UNM’s women’s team currently has no non-conference games scheduled, and it remains to be seen whether the Lobos can play any of their MWC games at home. Ironically, UNM’s first currently scheduled game is at Nevada on Dec. 31.
UNM has not announced plans for its play-by-play coverage of women’s basketball this season. Athletic director Eddie Nuñez could not be reached for comment Friday.
Nevada’s women’s team is scheduled to open its season Nov. 27. The Wolf Pack has five non-conference games and a two-game series at Air Force scheduled prior to its meeting with New Mexico.
“I’ve got a lot of homework to do,” Suchon said, “but at least I’m familiar with the Mountain West teams. I’ll still get to see the UNM folks occasionally and I’m looking forward to working with the Wolf Pack.”