About the Author
Weaving romance onto a baseball diamond is not very hard for a hopeless romantic like Drew Alan Wathey. He has crafted a compelling love story about one man’s fight to stay in the game he so desperately loves and to reclaim a woman’s love he so urgently needs. And, to also face the biggest surprise of his life with enduring compassion, love and understanding. A Season With Hope is Wathey’s first venture as a novelist. A magna cum laude graduate and four-year talent scholarship recipient of the acclaimed School of Communications at Ohio University, Drew Alan Wathey stepped into the broadcast studio as a television sportscaster in Flagstaff, Arizona and San Luis Obispo, California immediately after graduation. An emerging talent, he provided freelance sports features for ESPN and CNN Sports during the network’s early years and was also a play-by-play announcer on cable telecasts in Mesa, Arizona for the Chicago Cubs. An entrepreneurial spirit who owns a home-based public relations and marketing company SportsLink, Wathey was the first-ever Director of Communications for
The Thunderbirds and the PGA TOUR’s Phoenix Open, arguably the sport’s most well-attended tournament. During his nearly 15 years with one of golf’s most popular events, attendance almost tripled and sponsorship sales skyrocketed. An all-around sports enthusiast, Wathey broadened his scope of work and went to work as Senior Account Supervisor for SRO Communications, the in-house advertising agency and public relations firm for the Phoenix Suns and then America West Arena. The downtown Phoenix arena was also home for many years for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes where Wathey was the team’s public address announcer. Having grown up on Long Island, Wathey played numerous sports, but baseball and tennis garnered most of his early attention. One of his initial claims to fame was being scouted by the former major league baseball brother tandem of Al and Tony Cuccinello who were looking for talented ballplayers for the Yankees and the Cardinals. While his dreams of playing big league ball came and went, tennis became a major focus eventually earning Wathey a Men’s Club Championship in 4.5 singles at the Western Reserve Club in Tempe, Arizona. With his initial novel, A Season With Hope, Wathey adeptly chronicles the struggles and frailties of human nature and the will and perseverance to eventually overcome those obstacles and embrace life for all its worth.