LAFAYETTE, La. — Today, The Sin Bin is proud to announce a trio of additions to their staff. Dana Barker, Ben Garrod, and Brad Harrison become the three newest members of Team Sin Bin.
“The three additions we are announcing today are huge for our website as we move into a new chapter,” says acting Editor-in-Chief Matthew Harding. “Brad and Dana will not only improve our SPHL coverage but make our entire writing staff better through their work in newsrooms & experience with tight deadlines. Ben’s addition is equally significant because it shows that The Sin Bin is actively looking for investors and business partners for 2018-19 and beyond.”
Dana Barker has been around the SPHL since its inception in 2004. For the first two years of the league, he was the play-by-play broadcaster (one of only two in the league at the time) for the Columbus Cottonmouths, calling the league’s inaugural championship that went to the Snakes. He remained with the team until their suspension of operations in 2017, serving in various capacities including public address announcer, in-arena DJ and music man, and Director of Communications for the team. Dana also covered the Cottonmouths for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper in the team’s final season.
Barker has also filled in as a PA announcer and play-by-play man at various times for the Huntsville Havoc, Knoxville Ice Bears, Macon Mayhem, and Mississippi RiverKings.
In 2011, Barker was the host of the first leaguewide podcast, “SPHL Weekly.” Teaming with former Knoxville off-ice official Robert Berglof, the show lasted one season. SPHL Weekly hosted players, coaches, league officials, and the SPHL Player of the Week each week.
Barker has also worked with the Columbus Lions indoor football team as a PA announcer, music man, scoreboard operator, and also as head referee for the team’s former youth indoor football program. He has also officiated various inline hockey leagues around the Columbus area and is currently a football official for the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
Barker works full-time in data and analytics for Total System Services, located in Columbus. He is also a staff meteorologist for WLTZ-TV in Columbus as he holds a master’s degree in applied meteorology from Mississippi State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Columbus State University.
Barker resides in Auburn, Ala. (War Eagle!) with his wife, Sarah, and toddler son, Colin. Barker can be followed on Twitter at @SinBinBarker.
“I’m excited for this opportunity. The SPHL is near and dear to me. I was in Columbus when Phil Roberto, the Cottonmouths general manager at the time, had a list of cities on a whiteboard for this yet-to-be-named new league. I’ve been around the SP since day one and I’m proud of its growth over the past 14 years. I want to thank Mike Campos and Matt Harding for the opportunity. I’ve been impressed with the coverage from The Sin Bin and their legitimacy as a source of information for the league.” — Dana Barker
Following a season as the voice of the Marksmen, Ben Garrod joins The Sin Bin as the site’s first-ever corporate sales representative. Prior to joining the Marksmen, Garrod spent time with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) as the Manager of Corporate Sales. Before joining the sales team in Kalamazoo, the native of Lawrence, Michigan spent two seasons as the Public Relations/Broadcasting intern for the K-Wings and helped to manage; color commentary duties, social media, press releases, and interviews-including the world-famous “Meow” interview with Ray Kaunisto. Garrod can be followed on Twitter at @GarrodBen.
“I’m excited to be joining The Sin Bin, and employ all I’ve learned with professional hockey teams to extend coverage and increase revenue for this team. The Sin Bin have proven time and time again that they are a world-class organization with top-notch talent across the board, and I’m thankful for Mike Campos and Matthew Harding giving me this opportunity.” — Ben Garrod
Formerly the Macon Mayhem beat writer for the Macon Telegraph, Brad Harrison will assume the role of covering the Mayhem and the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators. Residing in Macon since 2006, Harrison has been a fixture at Mayhem games since their arrival in central Georgia in 2015. Harrison became hooked on hockey in 1996 when a group of us went to see the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks. Ironically, that team’s starting goalie, Mark Richards, was the GM when pro hockey made its return to Macon under the Mayhem banner. Follow Harrison on Twitter at @SinBinMayhem.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining the team at The Sin Bin. It’s a thrill to me to not only be able to continue covering the incredible sport of hockey, but also be part of a group that has built up an outstanding reputation for its coverage of minor league hockey.” — Brad Harrison
“Bringing aboard Dana, Ben, and Brad is such a big moment for us. Their wealth of hockey knowledge, journalistic insight, and experience will raise the bar across our team” — Acting Managing Editor Mike Campos
Overall, Team Sin Bin has a writing staff that includes six American Hockey League, 17 ECHL, and five Southern Professional Hockey League writers. Our team also includes 13 photographers, a full-time webmaster, and statistician.
We are always looking for new writers and photographers to help tell the multitude of stories in minor league hockey. If you are those interested, please visit thesinbin.net/join-team-sin-bin.