St. Francis Xavier Award Recipient

John W. Spears '81

2014 Award Recipient 

John Spears is the “voice of St. X sports.”  A member of the Class of 1981, he began as the public address announcer for basketball games in 1980.  He continued in that role until 1997 when he took over as the field reporter for football games and as the analyst for basketball and baseball contests.  In 2004, John assumed the duties as play-by-play announcer for all St. X football, basketball and baseball broadcasts.  Working alongside various associates, John’s voice can be heard on radio and internet broadcasts of regular season and playoff action for all Saint Xavier athletic contests.  As part of the Bisig Impact Group sports broadcasting team, John has distinguished himself as an accomplished professional, not only among the St. X faithful, but also in the Louisville community.

John also works as a public address announcer and broadcaster for various Louisville Catholic School Athletic Association contests and tournaments, a role he has held since 1981.  He has been active as a volunteer with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, raising funds for children’s cancer research in memory of Mitchell Klausing, an honorary member of the Class of 2007.  He has also participated with his Tiger classmates as an alumni phonathon caller.

John has worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service since 1985.  He is married to Jami Jarboe Spears and they have two daughters, Sydney Beth and Macy Jo.