The Spun, founded in September of 2012, is an independent sports blog that brings you the most interesting athletics stories of the day. The publication, which reaches over 4 million unique readers per month, focuses on the social media aspect of the industry.
Currently, The Spun has eight full-time staffers churning out content for your viewing pleasure.
Matt Lombardi – Editor-in-Chief, Publisher
Matt graduated from Syracuse University in 2006, worked in the mortgage-backed securities industry for six years, had a late-20s crisis and decided to try his hand at his true passion – sports. He launched The Spun (back then College Spun) in 2012 as a platform for current college students to report on-campus sports news. The company’s direction has since changed, but the site has grown tremendously in a few short years.
When not plugging away in front of the computer, Matt is probably watching sports, playing sports or thinking about sports. Email Matt.
Andrew Holleran – Managing Editor
Andrew is a 2013 graduate of Ohio State University, where he spent three years covering Ohio State football and men’s basketball for The Lantern, the school’s student newspaper. After graduation, Andrew wrote for Rivals.com before joining the staff at The Spun. Growing up, Andrew was a fan of Nebraska football – his mom is from the state – and Maryland basketball, being from Washington, D.C. At this point, he’s glad he’s a journalist and doesn’t have to pick a side.
While in New Orleans for the Final Four in 2012, he ran into Charles Barkley at a casino. It remains the most thrilling moment of his life. Email Andrew.
Dan Lyons – Editor
Dan is a 2012 graduate of Syracuse University, where he studied Writing & Rhetoric and Political Science. He covered Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse for the Syracuse blog “Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician“. He’s also been featured in the Maple Street Press 2010 Orange Tip-Off Magazine, and at RushtheCourt.net. He joined the team in early 2014, and is thrilled to be writing about college sports, one of his favorite things in the world.
When Dan is away from his keyboard, you may find him drinking craft beer, at an Indie Rock show, or wondering why he still roots for the New York Mets. Email Dan.
Matt Hladik – Editor
Matt is a 2009 graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in Journalism and Media Studies. During his years On the Banks, he worked the Athletic Communications office and served as the public address voice of several Rutgers teams. After graduation, he moved on to Gannett New Jersey for a year covering high school sports before spending the past four years at Rivals.com‘s Rutgers affiliate, Scarlet Nation, covering football, basketball and recruiting. He’s also made various radio and television appearances offering his expertise on Rutgers athletics and the Big Ten and served as the PA voice for Wagner College and New Jersey City University men’s and women’s basketball.
Outside of work, Matt devotes his time to rooting for the Yankees and Giants and laughing about the Knicks. He’s also met three-fifths of Duke’s 2001 NCAA championship starting unit at various bars in Manhattan and the Jersey Shore. Email Matt.
Andrew McCarty – Writer
Andrew is a 2015 graduate of Gettysburg College, where he studied English and media studies.
He has written for FanSided, covering a litany of topics from ranking all NFL coaches on who you’d most want to have a beer with to the latest Hope Solo outburst.
Andrew is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan. When not celebrating the City of Champions or writing about sports, you can find him hitting the links or diving into some local cuisine. Email Andrew.
Aaron Nanavaty – Writer
Aaron graduated from Indiana University in 2016, where he studied political science and creative writing and covered politics and culture for The Odyssey, a student-run website and newspaper. He began working for The Spun as a staff writer in August 2016.
Despite being born and raised in Indianapolis, Aaron is a huge LeBron James fan and cheers for the Cleveland Cavaliers, much to the annoyance of his family and friends.
When he’s not reading or blogging, he’s outside running, cycling or hiking. Email Aaron.
Steve Driscoll – Social Media, Video Production
Steve graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2015, where he studied advertising and digital media and covered various sports for The Greyhound, Loyola’s student newspaper.
He began working with The Spun as an intern in 2013 after spending six months traveling through Southeast Asia.
Although Steve was born and raised in New Jersey, he is a die-hard Boston sports fan. When he is away from his desk he is likely at the gym, or figuring out which movie to watch next. Email Steve.
Jennifer X. Williams – On-Air, Video Production
Jen X. is a sports reporter and producer based outside of New York City with over 10 years of experience working in the digital space.
Her on-camera experience also includes ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CSNwashington (Redskins), Verizon FiOS1 in New York and various other outlets.
She is still mourning the loss of her beloved Whalers. Email Jen X.
If you’re interested in joining the team at The Spun, hit us up at email@example.com.