Meet The TCI Staff

Meet The TCI Staff

Meet The TCI Staff

Robert MacRae is the owner of The Clemson Insider. He serves as publisher and recruiting editor for the site. MacRae started TCI in March of 2009 and has covered Clemson recruiting since 2003. He graduated from Clemson University in 1987. MacRae can be heard each Tuesday night at 9:05 with Ron Scarborough on The Evening Sports Page on WRIX 93.1.

Will Vandervort is our senior writer and editor at TCI. Vandervort is an award-winning sportswriter and editor, who, before joining TCI in September of 2012, worked as the Editor for IPTAY Media. He covered Clemson University Athletics and wrote for the athletic department’s Web site and newsletter. Vandervort was also an editor for the athletic department’s magazine, Orange: The Experience. Besides his duties as an editor and writer, Vandervort was also the co-host of the The Tiger Pregame Show, a three-hour radio show on Clemson Game Days that airs on Clemson’s Flagship Station WCCP-FM. He was also a guest host for ESPN Upstate’s Straight Up with Sturg. Vandervort has been a sportswriter and editor for 21 years at newspapers and Web sites in Georgia and South Carolina. He has covered college football in the ACC and the SEC for most of that time as well as covering small college football and the NFL. Vandervort has covered Clemson University sports since 2004, first as a editor / beat writer for the The (Seneca) Journal and then as the editor for IPTAY Media.

Gavin Oliver joined the TCI staff in May of 2016. Oliver, whose father, Greg, has been a respected journalist in the Upstate of South Carolina for many years, joins The Clemson Insider Staff as full-time staff writer. Oliver, who graduated from Clemson University, is the recruiting writer for TCI as well as helps our staff cover the ins and outs of the Clemson football, basketball and baseball programs. Though Oliver is fresh out of college, he has already built up plenty of experience in the business. While attending classes full-time as an English major, he worked as a freelance writer for The Journal in Seneca, S.C. from 2012-’16. He covered high school sporting events, including high school football, as well as Clemson football, basketball and baseball games. Oliver was also a correspondent for IPTAY Media from 2012-’15, as he wrote feature stories covering all the sports at Clemson in Orange: The Experience the Magazine, plus he was a regular contributor for IPTAY’s Web site, My Orange In 2014, Oliver worked as an intern and correspondent for Tiger, where he served in those capacities until just recently. At Tiger Illustrated, Oliver wrote feature stories, game previews, practice notes and then game day questions and answer sessions with Clemson’s three coordinators. In 2015, Oliver had an internship with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team in Greenville, S.C. He worked in the public relations office there as he was mostly in charge of writing game recaps.

Trey McCurry joined the staff in July of 2010 and serves as a writer that helps with both baseball and football coverage. McCurry has been around Clemson athletics his entire life as he grew attending most Clemson sporting events. As an undergrad at Clemson, he worked as an equipment manager with the football team working with tight ends and kickers. He graduated from Clemson with a degree in Sports Management with a business minor in December of 2007. After graduation, McCurry joined the Clemson Sports Information Office as a graduate assistant. For two years, he worked with the football, baseball, and men’s soccer teams. During that time, he assisted in various tasks around the office varying from arranging interviews to assisting in the publication of media guides to writing articles for football game programs.

William Qualkinbush joined the TCI staff in July of 2013 and serves as a regular writer as well as writes a blog and does video work. Qualkinbush comes to The Clemson Insider after a six-year stint as a freelance writer in college, where he attended Clemson University. The Clemson graduate has wrote for IPTAY Media, producing content on every athletic program on campus. He has also covered high school and Clemson sports for The Daily Journal in Seneca, SC since 2007. Qualkinbush is also involved with WCCP-FM 104.9 in Clemson – the university’s flagship station for Clemson Athletics. He is the producer and co-host for The Mickey Plyler Show, which airs from 6-9 on weekday mornings, and the host of Qualk Talk, which airs from 10-noon on Saturdays. In addition, Qualkinbush spent six years as a student assistant and graduate assistant in the Clemson Sports Information Department, where he developed relationships with many coaches and student-athletes. He also does public address work for the Clemson baseball team and has filled PA roles in the Clemson area in a variety of capacities for several years.

Kevin Shroat joined the The Clemson Insider staff as an intern in August of 2016. Shroat joined the TCI staff permanently as a writer after graduating from Clemson in May of 2018. While working TCI with writing and video production, Shroat was also an intern with Fan Media Network as the official video correspondent for Clemson football. He also worked with Clemson University in the public relations department. Throughout his tenure at Charlotte Catholic High School, Shroat played baseball and basketball while lettering in soccer. Being active is a major part his life and when he’s not in the library studying, he can be found at Fike Recreation Center or playing intramural football and basketball.

Alex Turri, currently a junior at Clemson, joined the The Clemson Insider staff as an intern in August of 2016. Turri helps TCI with both writing and video production. Turri, a communications major, went to high school in Babylon, New York (Long Island), where he participated on many athletic teams, including football and lacrosse. He was a part of two county championships and a Long Island championship in lacrosse, and a county championship, along with another Long Island championship in football. The freshman also commentated on multiple sporting events throughout high school and was head rainmaker of the basketball team his senior year.

Katie Florio, a junior at Clemson, joined the TCI staff in December of 2016. She graduated from West Florence High School in June of 2016. Sports have always been an important aspect of her life considering her dad is a former professional hockey player, her brother is a high school varsity baseball player and she was a varsity softball player and cheerleader in high school. Florio’s ultimate goal is to be a Sports Reporter/Broadcaster for a television network. She was also an anchor for West Florence’s morning show, Knight Network.

Alex Dodd, a sophomore at Clemson, joined the TCI staff in August 2017. He is a graduate of Travelers Rest (S.C.) High School. Despite his youth, Dodd has accumulated a wealth of experience in sports broadcasting and journalism since he was 12-years old. In December of 2010, when he was in the 6th grade, Dodd received an iPod for Christmas. Within a week he launched the “Dodd Sports Network” a video blog consisting of recaps, highlights, and previews of local teams. Within a year he received credentials to the HBCU Baseball Classic at Fluor Field, Greenville Drive Baseball, and Furman Athletics. Over the next few years he expanded his reach to Clemson baseball, the ACC Football Kickoff, and the ACC baseball tournament. In 2014, Dodd helped with the launching of the “Devildog Sports Network.” There he did play-by-play for men’s and women’s basketball, softball, baseball, and football games. He also gained experience in marketing and ad sales. In February 2016 he launched the “Alex Dodd Show” on 1580 WDAB in Travelers Rest. The show began as a 30 minute program and grew to a 2-hour segment on Saturday mornings. The show gained access to radio row at the ACC Football Kickoff last year. Dodd is also heavily involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he interned this summer among many other things.

Ashley Pendergist, is from Charleston, S.C. and is a senior at Clemson University majoring in Sports Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Ashley joined the TCI staff in August of 2017. In addition to working at TCI, Ashley works with WSPA in Spartanburg. She has also completed a summer internship with the sports department at WCSC, Live 5 News in Charleston covering baseball, softball, hockey and football. She is a Campus Connection Correspondent for ESPNU where they have published several of her feature stories about Clemson athletics. Ashley was recently a co-host for a weekly sports show on TigerVision — a student run television network at Clemson University. She has a passion for broadcast journalism and hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting and reporting.