Taylor Uden’s playing days are far from over, but she’s already working on Phase Two of her life after high school.
The three-sport standout at Glendale Raymond S. Kellis wants to trade in a ball for a microphone and be a sports broadcaster.
“It kind of just intrigued me to work with athletes and be able to talk to them,” said Uden, a junior.
She’ll have plenty of time to practice. Right now, Uden is in the midst of volleyball season, which she hopes will end in a playoff berth (Kellis is 7-5 — 17th in Division II and fourth in its section in the power ratings, just outside the cusp of playoff inclusion.). Uden is third on the team with 50 kills and leads the squad with 15 blocks.
Where her bread is buttered is softball. Uden was named an honorable mention selection in Division II the last two years by azcentral sports, and has committed to play softball at Indiana.
“I basically chose them because I love softball and I love the organization there,” Uden said, “but because they had a journalism school it made me more interested in what they had to offer.”
Uden will have quite the head start before she sets foot in Bloomington, though. Starting her freshman year, Uden took a sports marketing class taught by freshman volleyball coach Deb Moore.
That year as a project, Uden helped to create an online media guide for the Kellis volleyball team. Two of her teammates — Brooke Razo and Amanda Ferreira — were recruited thanks to that effort, to Phoenix College and Scottsdale Community College, respectively.
“It kind of brought in college coaches and looks for some of seniors who were looking to play in volleyball,” Uden said.
This year, Uden has experimented with the broadcast side of things. She’s gained experience working through the Peoria Student Broadcasting Network (PSBN), which has helped broadcast games on iBNsports.com and AIA365.com.
Uden announced the season opener for Kellis football against Peoria Centennial, and also helped call the game between Peoria Sunrise Mountain and Peoria Liberty two weeks ago.
Moore thinks there’s a future for Uden in the booth.
“I think she’ll be successful,” Moore said, “because she’s an outstanding player because she has that tenacity and drive and ambition.”