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Marauder called up to the Majors

June 24, 2015

Jeff Levering graduated from Jesuit High School in 2001, and has been working as a broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers 2015-2016 season.

Before deciding to become a broadcaster, Mr. Levering was working as a field reporter and associate producer for Fox Sports West in Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Levering began his broadcasting career with the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and spent three years there before moving onto the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.

Mr. Levering has said that his experience at Jesuit has helped form him into the person that he is today.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been a Marauder in the first place, and now, to represent Jesuit within the very selective industry that I chose gives me a sense of great pride,” Mr. Levering said.

In Mr. Levering’s eyes, his accomplishments only complement those made by his former teammates, explaining that J.P. Howell (Dodgers relief pitcher), Liam Connolly (Giants Media Relations Manager), and Chris Gonzalez (a Pacific Coast League umpire) are all involved in professional baseball.

Mr. Levering said that the lessons he learned while at Jesuit will carry with him for the rest of his broadcasting career and life.

When asked about his most valuable experience, Mr. Levering said, “Work ethic….100 times over. Being diligent with my preparation and not focus on immediate results. My sophomore English teacher, Mr. Holper, taught the class, ‘The Five P’s’ – Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. That’s something that has always stayed with me and is part of my daily routine.”

Mr. Levering insisted that hard work was one of the main reasons he has made it to the major league.

“Jesuit taught me to be a hard worker and to be patient with my craft. Major League Baseball broadcasting positions don’t become available very often and the hiring process is subjective. One person could sound better to someone and not so good to someone else. So hearing, “no” is not a terrible thing. It just means you’ve got to work that much harder to get to where you want to go,” Mr. Levering said.

It has been a long journey to the big leagues for Mr. Levering, but it has been worth it.

He will be helping to fill in for legendary Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who is 81 this year.

Mr. Levering looks back on his Jesuit years as highly influential in the shaping of his character.

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