Scott Van Pelt is a reputed American sports caster as well as a sports talk show host. Van Pelt is mostly known for his work at the ESPN network, co-anchoring on ‘SportsCentre’ on the 11 p.m. slot. While at the network, he has also been known for his duties as a co-host of the radio show SVP and Russillo (a sports talk show) along with Ryen Russillo on the radio network of ESPN and also for hosting several golf events at the radio network.
Van Pelt started his career in 1990 as a sports caster at WTTG-TV, affiliated to FOX Network in Washington, D.C. He later moved to the Golf Channel and spent five years as a studio host from 1995-2000, for some of the signature programs of the network. He however, found fame and recognition with his stint at ESPN Network and continues to be an integral part of the core Sports team there.
Early Life and Education
Van Pelt was born was born on 4 August 1966 to Cathie Mathis and Sam Van Pelt in the city of Brookeville, Maryland. He was raised in an area near Washington D.C. along with his three siblings, brothers Mark, Matt and Mike Van Pelt. As a child, he attended Rockville, Maryland’s Flower Valley Elementary School.
Van Pelt completed his graduation from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, Maryland, before enrolling into University of Maryland from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television & Film, in 1988. As a student of Maryland University, Van Pelt was offered a walk-on position by coach Lefty Driesell, on the basketball squad. However, in spite of being 6.6 feet tall, Van Pelt never officially played for his team ‘The Terrapins’ as Coach Driesell resigned after the death of Len Bias in 1986.
Van Pelt worked for the FOX network, before starting his career at ESPN. He joined ESPN in 2001 and has been serving the role of a presenter for the network’s flagship ‘SportsCenter’ show, and also remains one of the most proficient golf correspondents, covering the prestigious ‘Masters Tournament’ among others. He is also a celebrated radio personality for ESPN’s Radio network. On ESPN Radio, he co-hosted the ‘Tirico and Van Pelt’ show with Mike Tirico until the program was taken off air in 2009. As a replacement for the show, Van Pelt was given the same slot for his own three-hour long program titled ‘The Scott Van Pelt Show’. In October 2012, the show was renamed SVP & Russillo.
Van Pelt is currently a studio presenter for College Football on Friday Nights, as part of the college football games covered by ESPN. Before he was made a solo anchor for SportsCenter, he co-anchored the show along with Late Stuart Scott as well as Steve Levy from 2012 – 2015. Van Pelt was made a solo anchor for SportsCenter’s midnight edition in June 2015, in the wake of which he decided to quit his radio show.
Scott Van Pelt – Wife
Van Pelt is known to be a recluse in the media when it comes to sharing details of his personal life. He was rumored to be dating his current wife Stephanie, until the couple tied the knot in the year 2011. Currently, the couple do not have any children.
The 1. 98 meter tall Van Pelt is an ardent fan of the Maryland Terrapins, his University Basketball league as well as the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins. He also has an active social media presence with approximately 1.74 Million followers on the micro-blogging site twitter.
Scott Van Pelt – Salary and Net Worth
One of the wealthiest in the business, Van Pelt draws an annual salary of $4 Million and has an approximate net worth of $16 Million.