Meet the Team
DJ grew up in the small town of East Palestine, OH. It was there where he discovered that hard work and passion would drive him wherever he went. A stand out baseball player at EPHS, DJ also had his heart set on becoming a broadcaster. He served as the announcer for sports and assemblies through high school, then pursued a degree in Broadcast Communications at Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA.)
Yokley then spent 6 years on the local news scene wearing many hats (videographer, journalist, editor, graphic designer, reporter, and sports reporter) before making the jump in careers to marketing and sales on the national level. It was there where he realized that being able to be a utility player in business would one day land him a company of his own.
DJ is excited to bring YSN to life with the help of his teammates. His heart beats for small towns, and schools who come together and root for their local teams and events. A business owner already, he knows that supporting local activities and sports is the responsibility that sustains a great relationship in towns and cities (large and small.) Bringing these two components back together in unison is going to be a challenge, but one he greatly looks forward to.
What DJ enjoys most is spending time with his wife, Sarah. He also loves spending time with his family and friends, especially his Godson’s: Kealin, and Benson.
Why Sports is important to DJ:
It teaches life lessons before life has the chance to educate us. How to win, how to lose, playing hurt, hot/cold streaks, hard work doesn’t always get rewarded, but most of all being resilient will bring you closest to where you want to be.
Bryon comes to YSN with over 2 decades of experience in the streaming industry. Scott is an avid sports fan at all levels and brings the technical background to bring local games to life on our network. Bryon will serve as President and technical operations specialist for YSN.
Bryon resides in East Palestine with his lovely wife Megan, and his son Hayden.
Why Sports Are So Important to Bryon:
The competitive nature of each sport brings out the best of intelligence and strategy, as well as the crossroads between talent and hard work.
A big name on the Mahoning Valley athletic scene has found a new place of leadership. Steve Leslie has agreed to become the first General Manager of Your Sports Network (YSN.) Leslie currently doubles as the GM of the Astro Falcons organization of the Youngstown Class B League at Bob Cene Park. He also has served as the head basketball and baseball coach at Cardinal Mooney, and head coach at Youngstown Ursuline. In his time with Mooney, Leslie and the Cardinals made 2 State Regional appearances.
As the Astro Falcon Skipper, Leslie led the blue and orange to seven World Series appearances including back to back NABF World Series Championships.
Off the field, he has spent 24 years working for the Mahoning County Engineers and has sports media experience from several organizations including YSN.
“I love sports and kids, and the energy and enthusiasm of YSN is something that I believe will greatly benefit our area and all involved,” says Leslie. “The opportunity to promote student-athletes and their schools is something I’ve always wanted to be a part of.”
Leslie is said to have many hats in the position with YSN, and will be a major piece of the growth of the company says YSN Founder, DJ Yokley.
“What Steve brings to the table is unparalleled. His experience in leading championship teams will translate well to what we’re doing with YSN. He’s loved by so many in our area because he’s transparent, caring, and wants what’s best for his teams. Those are the same core values we believe in with our company, sponsors, and teams we represent.” says Yokley.
A wonderful family man- Leslie is the husband of Julie and proud father of Daniel and Grace.
Your Sports Network has landed more championship-caliber talent to help lead the way. Paul Munson has been brought on as the Coordinating Director of Operations for YSN. A ’96 grad of South Range and an ’02 grad of YSU with a BA in communications, Munson will serve as an on-air personality as well as communication between talent, clients, and partners of the network.
“We’re in a great place to bring in a top-tier leader like Paul. His commitment to success and knowledge of communications will help the team continue to provide the best experience possible for our organizations, and fans of YSN. Not to mention he’s a top-notch broadcaster we can count on for big games.” says YSN Founder, DJ Yokley.
Munson returned to his alma mater (South Range) to coach baseball, have been with the program for 10 years. Six of the ten years they won the league championship including the final ITCL champ. They have played for the district champ 4 of the last 6 years. Won the first-ever district/regional/state championships in the school’s history in baseball.
Munson has also been the “Voice of the Raiders” for the last 18 years for football and basketball.
He also was an on-air DJ for CD93.3 for 3 years.
Off the field, Munson owns and run his own business, SANDMAN ENTERTAINMENT Professional DJ Services.
He enjoys spending time with his family: wife Keri and daughters Olivia and Avery.
“I’m looking forward to this great opportunity with YSN. I’m very excited to be a part of this expanding company that is taking local sports to an all-new level. I enjoy sports and can’t wait to help get our local communities more exposure and show off the talent that the Mahoning Valley has to offer.”
Director of Partnerships and Events
Quinn comes to YSN via championship pedigree at Youngstown State University. A graduate of YSU in 2019, “Q” has sports running through his veins. The Proud Canfield High School Alum also brings a coaching mentality to the team. Puskar enters his third year as an Assistant Coach at Lisbon High School in the basketball program, as well as coaching in the AAU Ranks with the Ohio Lakers.
“My girls AAU team is the most influential group I have been able to coach in my career. They have taught me more about who I am as a coach than any other team or person I’ve been around,” says Puskar.
Why Sports is Important to Quinn: “It has created more opportunities and friendships that I could have ever imagined. Being able to coach the game I grew up playing has allowed me to build a career and has afforded me a chance to build a second family with people in the Mahoning Valley.”
Director of Fulfillment
As a Parks and Recreation Director, sports junkie, a veteran coach, and working with kids of all ages in her community, Dana instantly fell in love with YSN’s purpose and uniqueness covering our local sports and knew she wanted to be a part of it. “YSN allows me to not only interact with my own local community but to interact and invest in our partner schools, building solid relationships and foundations for YSN.” Dana enjoys interacting with people and being a problem solver. “My work is valued here, and I am appreciated.”
Dana is the head of fulfillment and making sure our sponsors and partnerships run smoothly. Dana is also the lead in many YSN partnerships between The Network and businesses of all sizes. If you’re looking for advertising or sponsorship opportunities, Dana is who you want to talk to!
Social Media Director/Personality
Anthony spent his childhood and school years living in North Lima and has always had an interest in analyzing and studying the X’s and O’s of the sports he follows, he graduated in 2011 from South Range. Anthony spent 4 years as a Special Olympics athlete in basketball and softball, playing all around Northeast Ohio as part of a public school-age team. He also has a season as an assistant middle school basketball coach at South Range which he gave up to finish his schooling but still has a passion and desire to continue doing in the future. He has stayed supportive of South Range athletics and has run the Raiders athletic Twitter for 3 years. He is a student of YSU class of 2017 as a telecommunication major.
Anthony has spent two full seasons as the ESPN3 color commentator for YSU Volleyball and Softball while conducting interviews and creating video packages for all YSU Sports.
Why Anthony loves sports: “Sports bring people together in times when our world can seem so divided. It creates moments we never forget, it creates stories we will never stop telling, and it creates families we will never stop loving. A majority of the people I love I have met through sports, and you just have to give back to the thing that gave you so much.”
Lead Sports Photographer
Josh is a 2005 Graduate of East Palestine High School with nearly 20 years of experience in the photography field. Josh is also an avid powerlifter and loves spending time in “The Iron Paradise,” when not capturing award-winning shots for YSN. His favorite sports teams are based in Cleveland and loves the Browns. You can catch YSN’s “Big Show” on the sidelines, and we promise you can’t miss him.
JW’s inspirations consist of Art Wolfe and Anthony Bourdain.
Check out some of Josh’s work here: www.ysn.smugmug.com
Director of Content
Outspoken and energetic, Nate’s obsession with sports and competition is matched only by his love to entertain. A graduate of Struthers High School from 2011, Nate was a multi-sport athlete growing up, until injuries and illness forced him to find new interests during his freshman year. It was during that time Nate discovered a knack for theatre, public speaking, and writing, all while maintaining his passion for sports. Nate believes that all these interests blend perfectly into being a successful commentator and analyst, and takes great pride in not only being informational during a broadcast but also entertaining. Nate has called games for numerous schools represented by YSN, including Salem, Columbiana and South Range. His own talk show, Keiper Knows Best, airs every Monday at 10 AM.
As an avid sports fan once he could walk, Brendan knew that he needed to do anything to play. “Sports are my life, I can really watch anything and enjoy it,” says Miller. As a child, Brendan went through some tough times but sports is what pushed him through.
Miller, an alumnus of South Range High School always had to be doing something when he was a Raider. “I was born and bred in Burgundy and Gold. My father and brother both played there and I was in knew I had to continue the legacy they had created,” added Miller. Brendan also adds that YSN and CEO DJ Yokley have already made a big impact on him personally. “I knew I had to be part of this journey because there is nothing like this in the world right now.
Brendan insists that sports are the reason he’s where he stands today. “I was always the smallest kid but had the biggest mindset to not fail. Sports ultimately brings people together no matter where they reside. That’s why I love YSN so much because what we have going here is special and it will bring even more people together in one place.”
Brendan is also an advocate for Semper Gratus, where in early 2019, he was honored as a featured speaker and guest with the chance to discuss and encourage attendees regarding the obstacles and adversity he has overcome, and how they too can succeed through belief in themselves.
The smooth vocals of Mark Franken can be heard all across the Clipper Network, and he also lassoed some time down in Laredo, Texas for the Palomino World Series. Mark is an avid sports fan, and even more so about his Ohio teams. An educator for over 25 years, Mark currently molds minds and hearts at Heartland Christian School in Columbiana, Ohio. The father of two boys, Bryce and Chase- Mark also has served time in the coaching capacity in sports over the years.
Franken says “Sports has always played an integral part of my life, and YSN gives me the opportunity to do what I’ve always wanted to do.”
If you know Richie Juliano, you know that this is what he was meant to do. A passion for sports, a heart for broadcasting, and the golden pipes to back it all up. A Sports Broadcasting student at Youngstown State University, Juliano made his debut in the Spring of 2019 calling YSU Baseball with Christina Sainovich. Richie strives to provide high quality, exciting, and the best content to viewers in the Valley.
A native of Canfield, Ohio where he graduated as a Cardinal, Richie’s focus is to make sure all athletes get the coverage they deserve locally. “Sports have always been a big part of my life because I’m a very competitive person and sports bring out the best in everyone,” says Juliano.
The excitement won’t be lacking when you tune into games that Richie provides. His passion shines through for whichever team he announces.
Christina joins YSN via Youngstown State University where she debuted alongside Richie Juliano during YSU Baseball on YSN. A senior at YSU, Sainovich is majoring in Sports Broadcasting and double minoring in French and Journalism. A resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia- Christina made here way north via family in Pittsburgh where her roots run deep for her Pitt Panthers. Now living in Youngstown for three years, she is thrilled to be calling games on The Network.
“Sports are my passion, and I want to be involved for the rest of my life,” says Sainovich
Tyler Hoffman is a recent graduate of Youngstown State University. His heart resides with sports, as he’s a fan of the Houston Astros, Penn State, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Bulls. Hoffman enjoys calling games for YSN, and works part-time as a videographer at WFMJ-21 in Youngstown, Ohio.
You can hear Tyler’s take on sports every Tuesday on YSN during “Ex’s and Oh’s”
Matt Mowery is a 2003 graduate of Salem High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Mount Union. At Mount Union, he served as Sports Director for the college radio station WRMU and was the play by play announcer for the 2006 and 2006 National Champion football seasons.
Matt is also husband to Brooke, and father to their son, Max.
Jarrod is a 2004 graduate of Salem High School and a 2008 grad of Xavier University, as well as YSU in 2011. He is currently an employee of Salem City Schools as a 5/6 Intervention Specialist and Junior High Basketball Coach. Jarrod also performs double duty in coaching Track and Field as well.
Niederhiser will serve as the color analyst on Salem, teaming with longtime friend Matt Mowery to become the voices of Salem.