I am a 30-year sportswriter who has been at the Winston-Salem Journal for the last 22 years. I cover Winston-Salem State athletics as well as golf and Wake Forest soccer. I have been the CIAA sportswriter of the year seven times and has been the North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year twice in 2005 and 2008.
I was born in the suburbs of Chicago and am married to Laura Gerardi-Dell. We have two children, Allison and Jeffrey, who are in the eighth and sixth grades. Both Laura, a native of Long Island, and I are1987 graduates of Averett College in Danville, Va.
During my glory days at Averett, a Division III school, I played on the golf team, the soccer team and the basketball team. I also started the Averett baseball club and was active in intramurals which is one of the reasons it took me four and half years to graduate with a degree in English/Journalism and Communications.
Like a lot of Cubs' fans I am still trying comprehend what happened in early November when after a 108 years the Cubs finally won a World Series.