Our Take

w/ Jill Cacic – Stacy Slayden – Claire Brandon

 

Jill Cacic

Jill joined the Express in December 2012 and was promoted to Vice President, Public Relations & Communications in October 2015. In her new role, she will continue to work with the marketing department to oversee the club’s communication efforts including digital and social media while handling team travel and baseball operations. She was the director of media relations for the Huntsville Stars (AA-affiliate, Milwaukee) from 2010-12, before moving to Texas. Prior to that, she worked in the San Diego radio market for three years as a digital media, marketing and promotions specialist at Broadcast Company of the Americas. Under that radio umbrella was XX1090AM, the radio home of the San Diego Padres, and 105.7 FM The Walrus. She also spent time working in the athletic media relations department at her alma mater, San Diego State University. An overly proud Aztec, Jill earned her bachelors of arts in communication with an emphasis in public relations from the university. She currently serves on the board of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served on the board of Hope Alliance, a non-profit working to develop partnerships and provide services that renew hope, highlight possibilities and change the futures of those whose lives have been affected by family and sexual violence.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Jill enjoys being active and spending time outside, exploring all that Central Texas has to offer.

 

Stacy Slayden

 

Before I was old enough to take my first step, my grandfather looked at me and announced to the family, “We’re going to see her in the Olympics one day.” Well, Grandad, you were close!

Fast forward a decade following his declaration, and that’s when I realized my desire to become a sportscaster. Clearly, my athletic ability is not that of an elite Olympian — except in my dreams — but the path I chose has allowed me to interview and interact with some of the best in the world of sports.

I guess you could call me a roaming Texan. A journeyman, if you will. I was born in Houston, but raised in Stephenville. I’ve had work stints in Waco and Lubbock, and now I’ve circled back to the heart of the Lone Star State: Austin.

Before making this incredible city my new home, I was the sports director at KLBK in Lubbock after first serving as an intern before becoming the weekend sports anchor/reporter. I also interned twice through Fox Sports Southwest. Prior to my professional life in Lubbock, I got my start at KWKT in Waco.

In 2011, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Tech University. And no, that’s not why I wear a lot of red. I just think it’s a fabulous color. But also, Wreck ‘Em!

A deep passion for sports, people, writing and travel has led me into this rollercoaster of a career that has taught me so much. My favorite part of the job is bringing out the human element in the coaches and athletes we watch every day. From devastating defeats to incredible triumphs and comebacks, sports offer so much inspiration. I feel lucky to be in the front row.

When I’m not behind the desk or on the sidelines, you can find me watching or playing sports, satisfying my newfound taco addiction — so cliché — spending time with friends and family or watching any stand-up comedy. Recommendations are welcome.

 

Claire Brandon

Claire Brandon has always enjoyed being on the sidelines.

A three-time national champion cheerleader in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Claire loved cheering for football, basketball and baseball.

At the University of Oklahoma, she majored in journalism and found her passion in sports reporting. She served as a reporter for OU’s athletic department, hosting “The Sounds of Saturday” segment on Coach Bob Stoops’ weekly TV show and “Beyond the Arc” during basketball season.

From there she joined the sports team at KREX in Grand Junction, where she covered such diverse events as the X Games in Aspen, the Junior College World Series and the Denver Broncos’ historic season.

An award-winning video journalist, her other experience includes newspaper reporting, radio interviews and internships with Fox Sports Southwest, Texas Motor Speedway and KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City and Spectrum News in Austin.  She’s interviewed sports standouts such as Drew Brees, Blake Griffin, Adrian Peterson, and Barry Sanders. Her travels have taken this Texas native to Yankee Stadium, the NFL Draft and SuperBowl XLV.

It’s all in a day’s work for Claire, who still thinks the sidelines are exciting as ever.  She loves following the Big 12, the Cowboys and the Rangers.

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