Contributors

When Jeremy Lind launched CycloneFanatic.com in 2005, this website was a one man show. Today, we are proud to have a handful of sports writers that contribute to Cyclone Fanatic on a weekly basis. Below, check out our team and read their work. As our site grows, so will this list on our journey towards being the No. 1 fan site in America. 

  • Chris Williams

    Chris was hired as CycloneFanatic.com’s publisher in the fall of 2009. Along with former Iowa State wide receiver Jack Whitver, he is the Iowa State football postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network. Chris represents Cyclone Fanatic in the Des Moines Register and WHO-TV regularly throughout the season as well.

    During Iowa State's "offseason," Williams is active covering auto racing in the state of Iowa as a commentator for the Des Moines Register and the host of "Iowa Speedway RaceDay" on Des Moines’ sports talk radio station, 1460 kXno.

    Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He’s also served as a columnist for the Ames Tribune, a reporter for CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa.

    If Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.

    Most Recent Article: Podcast: Dissecting Iowa State's quarterback decision.
  • Rob Gray

    Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers.

    He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago.

    Rob's excited to work with fellow suffering Minnesota Vikings fan Chris Williams, as well as everyone else involved with CF.

    He's also eager to interact with all of you — and welcomes constructive criticism and story ideas.

    Rob, a former world traveler, has settled into life as a family man and mostly stay-at-home dad armed with a laptop and a home office.

    When he's not covering Iowa State, he's hiking, biking and camping with his family. He also enjoys reading and gardening while trying to forget he made the fateful decision long ago to become a Chicago Cubs fan. Fortunately, his dad's a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, so the (usually, unlike in 2014) successful BoSox have always been Rob's only other favorite MLB team.

    He hopes he's not done traveling, either — though he's creeping up on the day he can apply for an AARP card. Rob's remaining bucket list of travel includes Brazil, Peru, the Galapagos, Botswana/Kenya/Namibia, Turkey, Romania and Alaska.

     

    Most Recent Article: Sam Richardson's journey back to No. 1 started from within.
  • Brent Blum

    Blum has been a columnist for Cyclone Fanatic since 2009. He is the pre-game/halftime host and on-site producer for the Cyclone Football broadcasts on the Cyclone Radio Network and fill-in voice for Cyclone men's and women's basketball. Blum also does TV play-by-play of regional sporting events for Mediacom Connections.

    Since graduating from Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism in 2007, he has spent time working for WOI-TV in Des Moines, KMA Radio in Shenandoah and the Orlando Magic of the NBA.

    He currently works in the marketing and higher education field in Des Moines.

    Blum has proclaimed himself as one of four NBA fans in Iowa and spends the rest of his time on the golf course, over analyzing reality television or admiring Ed Hightower's fro-wig.

    Most Recent Article: Blum: Monster NBA Draft Preview.
  • Ian Smith

    This is Ian’s fourth year of covering Iowa State football and women’s basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. Smith writes games stories and features after each home football game. His women’s basketball reporting consists of game coverage, features and he is one of the only writers in the market who covers women’s basketball recruiting.

    Before working for Cyclone Fanatic, Ian spent time writing for the Vail Daily in Colorado and the Ottumwa Courier. Currently, Ian works at Ames High School where he coaches football and baseball. Ian graduated from the University of Iowa in 2007.

    Ian is a fanatical Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan. John Elway #7 is the greatest athlete to ever live.

    Most Recent Article: Cyclones remain a work in progress.
  • Matt Van Winkle

    Matt Van Winkle started working for Cyclone Fanatic in the spring of 2012 as a video intern. You may have seen some of his Iowa State football & basketball "Quick Hit" videos on the site. Matt has covered the Men's Big 12 & NCAA Basketball tournaments, Liberty Bowl, and numerous road events for CF. From day one, Matt has continued to produce top notch video content to the site.

    Matt is a 2009 Ames High School graduate and 2013 graduate of Iowa State University where he majored in Journalism & Mass Communication. He was Sports Director at the student-run TV station, ISUtv and currently works for WHO-HD Channel 13 as a photojournalist/video editor. You may even see him on the at your town's high school football or basketball game shooting highlights.

    Matt has also worked for KASI Radio (1430/105.1 in Ames) as a studio engineer, co-host for the Saturday Sports Showcase and Cyclone Tailgate Show,  and color commentator for Ames High football, baseball, and basketball. Matt was also an intern with the Iowa Cubs video production team.

    Matt was born and raised in San Jose, California. His favorite teams are the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks. In his free time, Matt enjoys frolfing, going to concerts, traveling to new baseball ballparks and hanging out with friends.

    Most Recent Article: Lazard makes it official.
  • Kirk Haaland

    Kirk Haaland has been a Cyclone Fanatic contributor for nearly three years. It started with a weekly column in the fall of 2009 known as “Outside the Men’s Room” that hit on a variety of Iowa State topics.  By early 2011 he had started his own site, www.encyclonepedia.com that takes the analysis of historical and present day ISU football and men’s basketball to a new level.  While running his own site he has still been contributing here at Cyclone Fanatic.

    Kirk is a 2006 graduate of Iowa State University and a 2002 graduate of Nevada High School. Currently his paying job is as Process Engineer in the world of manufacturing.  He lives in Ankeny with his wife and two daughters, ages two and four, as well as their Golden Retriever, Clyde (Williams). Family time, golf, running, and other activities keep him busy when he isn’t chasing down intriguing data.

    Bags is his game of tailgating dominance as long as he has the proper balance with a cheap beer in his off hand. Taking down any and all tailgating grub and clone cones is his other specialty.  Kirk is a lifelong Cyclone fan and his greatest memories include the 1992 football game with Nebraska and the 2000 NCAA tournament win over UCLA.

    On the boards Kirk has been around since 2004 and goes by “khaal53” and you can follow him at @khaal53 on twitter.  Look for his unique and fact based opinions on all things Iowa State here at Cyclone Fanatic.

    Most Recent Article: enCYCLONEpedia: Obvious is obvious.
  • Austin Narber

    This is Austin’s first year with Cyclone Fanatic as a college basketball contributor. As a lifelong hoops enthusiast, stat geek and casual writer, he started a blog in January 2013 called Permanent Redshirt that has been a big success in its early stages. It covers mostly college basketball and some Cyclone-specific material.

    Austin graduated from Iowa State University in the Fall of 2011, majoring in Sociology, after spending a brief time in the Greenlee School of Journalism. He proclaims writing as his first and only true love but would like to one day be a sports radio personality.

    Austin, who goes by “Narber” to anyone who knows him well, is a native of Altoona and was born and bred a Cyclone. Both of his parents and his stepmother attended Iowa State. He currently works as a supervisor for Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Johnston. In his free time, he enjoys running and trying new craft beers. 

    When Narber isn’t immersed in college hoops, he is hopelessly rooting on the Minnesota Vikings or fending off bandwagon accusations for being a lifelong Boston Red Sox and Miami Heat fan. He and his younger brother, Ethan, were once kicked out of Fenway Park for signing their names on the Green Monster.

    Most Recent Article: Narber: Final Four preview/predictions.
  • Jared Stansbury

    Jared just began his first year as an intern at Cyclone Fanatic.

    He is a 2012 graduate of Clarinda High School and is studying Journalism at Iowa State’s Greenlee School. Jared spent his first year of college at Simpson College where he studied Journalism and played basketball. 

    Jared is also a sports reporter for the Iowa State Daily. Besides his work at Iowa State, Jared spent one summer working for KMA Radio in Shenandoah, Iowa. He has spent two summers helping cover the baseball and softball high school tournaments, as well as two falls as a connections reporter for Friday night high school football. 

    Jared is a huge sports fan. He especially loves cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals during the summer months. In his free time, Jared spends his time hustling fellow students on the basketball courts at State Gym, winning national championships in NCAA Football for the Playstation, hanging out with his friends and watching Netflix.

    Most Recent Article: CFTV: Tuesday post-practice videos.

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