Mitch Holthus, the “Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs” and a Smith Center native, is scheduled to address the McPherson College fall athletes and athletic department staff at 7 p.m. on Aug. 14 in Brown Auditorium. Public tickets to the event are available through the McPherson College athletic department and at www.macbulldogs.com.
“As a department and a member of the McPherson community, I’m thrilled to bring Mitch Holthus to McPherson,” McPherson College Athletic Director Doug Quint said. “He is a tremendous inspirational speaker, who the coaching staff had the honor of hearing last year at the KCAC Sport Management Conference.”
Holthus started his broadcast career at Kansas State University, where he covered football and basketball for the Wildcats for 14 years (1983-1996). Near the end of his tenure with the Wildcats, he took a position with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994.
He is an eight-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year award winner and nine-time winner of the Kansas Broadcasters Association best play-by-play sportscast. In 1996, Holthus earned the Hod Humiston Award of Excellence in Kansas Sports Casting and received the John Sanders Spirit of the Valley award by the Missouri Valley Conference in 2007.
In addition to the Kansas City Chiefs, Holthus is an announcer for Big 12 Conference and Missouri Valley Conference basketball games.