VanDelaySports.com began as a hobby with Nick and his high school nephew who was looking to make a personalized web page in the late 1990s. At that time Nick provided the content of MAC football & men’s college football and quickly the site took off with a cult following from various MAC fans looking for a forum to discuss their favorite conference teams.
Early on there were three parts of the VanDelay site that really drove traffic to the site. The first was the annual football “PigSkin Preview” which at the time, broke down MAC teams deeper than any other preseason publication in the late 1990s. The second area that began to develop a consistent following was the annual MAC Football Recruiting Analysis which still breaks down the February MAC football classes deeper and more accurately than other publications. The final driver of the site was the weekly “Nick’s Picks” which continues to be a driver of traffic to see his accurate picks and even more stunningly accurate predicted scores on a weekly basis throughout the football season.
Finally, a huge thank you goes out to the MAC fans that have supported and continually visit the site as it has over five million page views during its eleven year run – and counting.
Nick G. a.ka. “Nick VanDelay” is originally from Port Clinton, OH and is a proud graduate of the University of Toledo. He is a long-time MAC fans and considered an expert on MAC football and men’s basketball.
Nick has been an active member of the MAC News Media Association since 1999 and is contracted beat writer for Athlon Sports covering the MAC for their college preview annuals. Nick is a frequent radio guest as a MAC specialist on various sports-radio stations who cover MAC schools.
Nick has over twenty years of work experience in the financial services industry and is currently a senior project manager in downtown Cleveland. Aside from his time devoted to his family and friends, Nick is still active in various sports and is a high school & small college football official.
Fans can email Nick - macfootball (at) hotmail.com.
Luke Jernigan joined the VanDelay Sports team as Director of Marketing in 2005 using his background in Web Development to enhance the site's look and functionality and increase traffic. Luke saw the opportunity to work with VanDelay Sports to help further the visibility of Mid-American Conference sports and originally contacted Nick about working with him after hearing Nick on a 850 WKNR interview.
Luke is a 2001 graduate of Ohio Universityand is the President of LJ Web Services, LLC, a Search Engine Marketing business that he started in 2007. Luke works with a variety of clients each day to help them increase their search engine traffic with his business and can be contacted via email - luke (at) ljwebservices.com.
Connor is a junior in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He hails from Huntington, New York but has become firmly entrenched in the MAC sports scene over the past few years. Connor is an anchor and reporter on the weekly campus sports show Ohio Sports Zone. He has produced sportscasts and interviewed coaches/athletes for WOUB Sports and color commentated high school football and basketball on WXTQ/WATH radio.
Connor has also gained experience through an online new media internship with Film@11 in Brookyln, NY. There, Connor associate produced and reported on local, national and international news pieces. Connor has an intense passion for sports and journalism and is looking forward to further cultivating his skills in the realm.
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Interested in writing for VanDelay Sports? Email Nick today about writing for us to help cover MAC football & basketball throughout the season and offseason alike!