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Decatur Heritage Christian Academy’s Tommy and Heather Kyle watch a slideshow presentation at a party in their honor for 11 years of service to the school Thursday night. Tommy, the school’s athletic director and basketball coach, is taking a job to help develop “character coaches” at the college level. Heather is leaving after serving as the school’s cheerleader sponsor.
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Decatur Heritage Christian Academy’s Tommy and Heather Kyle watch a slideshow presentation at a party in their honor for 11 years of service to the school Thursday night. Tommy, the school’s athletic director and basketball coach, is taking a job to help develop “character coaches” at the college level. Heather is leaving after serving as the school’s cheerleader sponsor.

Decatur graduate new voice of UAB sports programs

By Josh Cooper
jcooper@decaturdaily.com· 340-2462

TUSCALOOSA — When former Alabama baseball and women’s basketball announcer David Crane walked in the door of his father Dan’s Decatur home, his family had a little surprise for him Thursday.

A cake, pasted with UAB’s green and gold colors and the words “UAB Blazers” scratched into the icing.

Crane, a Decatur native and Decatur High graduate is the new voice of the UAB football and basketball teams.

He replaces Cory Provus, who is the pre-game host for the Chicago Cubs during WGN radio broadcasts.

“It is what I always wanted to do,” Crane said Thursday afternoon. “And these jobs are so rare, and they don’t come along pretty often. Working for a great school, a great department and it also keeps me close to friends in Tuscaloosa and close to family still in Decatur.”

He will be doing radio call-in shows, television shows and speeches at school events.

Crane worked with Alabama for 11 seasons. Along with the baseball and women’s basketball jobs, he was the host of a weekly television show “Crimson Tide This Week” and football’s postgame radio show.

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