Since 1998, Swierad has been the "Voice of the Charlotte Knights." In 2017 -- the Knights named their home radio broadcast booth at Truist Field "The Matt Swierad Home Radio Booth." Swierad, a seasoned veteran, will embark on his 24th campaign with the Knights in 2022. He is the longest-running broadcaster in team history and has called over 3,000 Knights games and over 3,200 in a professional career spanning 25+ seasons.
Before joining the Knights for the 1998 season, Swierad spent seven years in the Class-A South Atlantic League with the Hickory Crawdads (1994-97), Hagerstown Suns (1993), and Gastonia Rangers (1991-92). In addition to his work with the Knights, Swierad serves as the radio play-by-play Voice of Charlotte 49ers Basketball and Football. He also hosts the school's Basketball and Football Radio Coaches Shows. Over the course of his career, he has also handled television play-by-play duties for the Charlotte 49ers, UT Chattanooga, Jacksonville University, University of South Florida, the Southern Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, C-USA, the Big South Conference, SportsChannel Florida, Fox Sports Net, and ESPN Regional Television.
Swierad is a native of North Smithfield, RI, and a 1990 graduate of Jacksonville University. He resides in Statesville, NC, with his wife Amanda, their triplet daughters, Chapel, Isla, and Maty, and their son Hobbs.
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During the 2005 season, Swierad reached the major leagues for the first time, being selected from over 150 applicants nationally to broadcast for the San Diego Padres. He sat-in for the legendary Friars broadcaster Jerry Coleman the last weekend in July while Coleman was inducted into the broadcasting wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.