The Clemson Alumni Association surprised Athletics Director of Broadcasting Don Munson by naming him an Honorary Alumnus of Clemson University. The distinction of Honorary Alum is a special recognition intended for steadfast Tiger supporters whose “blood runs orange” but who never attended Clemson.
“I’m very humbled by the honor,” said Munson. “It means everything to me to think that I’ve been around here for 25 years covering this place, and you grow to love the coaches, players and fanbase.”
Munson has been involved with the Clemson Radio Network for more than 25 years, and has served as the voice of Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball during his ten years as a full-time staff member in athletics.
“This is up there with Hunter Renfrow’s catch, it’s as satisfying as watching us beat Alabama 44-16, or watching men’s basketball take down Auburn to get to the Sweet 16,” said Munson. “It’s right up there with anything I’ve called on air.”
Munson joins Terry Don Phillips as those with athletic ties to earn the distinction in the past year. Originally hired in 2010, Munson now serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for Clemson football, men’s basketball and baseball. Additionally, he hosts weekly football and basketball coaches shows, serves as a frequent ACCNX broadcaster, hosts banquets and meetings and represents the athletic department at various functions.
Munson is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State with a B.S. degree in communications. He was the play-by-play voice at Appalachian State from 1984-91. In 1993, he served a season as the play-by-play voice of Western Carolina and in 1994 was the voice of the UNC Asheville men’s basketball broadcasts.
The Honorary Alumnus designation was presented to Don during halftime at the men’s basketball game vs Notre Dame in Littlejohn Coliseum by Clemson Alumni Association Executive Director, Wil Brasington, and Board President, Mike Dowling. Don was joined by his family mid-court during the presentation.
Honorary alumni are selected by the Alumni Association Honors and Awards Committee on the basis of outstanding service, lifelong devotion and loyalty to Clemson University or the Clemson Alumni Association. Nominations for 2021 Honorary Alumni will open in October. To nominate a deserving person, to review past honorees or to view the award guidelines, visit the Clemson Alumni website at alumni.clemson.edu/awards-and-honors/honorary-alumni.