Robb Crocker: Host, Founder, Executive Producer
Although he was born in New Jersey, he considers home to be Richmond, Va., his adopted home. He grew up in Springfield, Va, just outside of Washington, D.C. After high school, he spent some time living in Charlottesville, Va.
Robb attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. and received a degree in Mass Communications, with a focus in both print media and broadcast media. While at VCU, he was the editorial page editor for the Commonwealth Times. He received the T. Edward and Polly D. Temple Writing Award, which is given to a rising senior mass communications major chosen by the faculty as the most promising writers in print journalism.
After graduation, Robb put his multimedia skills to work at Richmond.com. Within three years, he went from General Assignment Reporter to Editor. In addition, he earned a weekly stint on local sports radio, an election series with the local NPR station and an appearance on MSNBC to discuss a high profile murder in Richmond. He also caught the attention of the Washington Post and spent some time producing , laying out, and editing news for Washington Post.com.
After his stint at the Post, Robb moved to the magazine industry, covering the crash of the housing market and the emergence of green home building with Hanley Wood, a business-to-business magazine company with over 30 magazines dedicated to the multiple areas of home building.
He later attended Rutgers University, where he received a MA in Communication.
He returned to Richmond and after a brief stint in the broadcast television industry, he returned to VCU to complete a BA in English with a creative writing minor. He was accepted in VCU’s MATX PhD program in 2019 and he is currently working towards receiving his doctoral degree.
His love of sports began at an early age as he competed in a number of sports in his youth. He grew up rooting for the Redskins, Bullets (Wizards), Diplomats (DC United), Capitals, UVa, and the Boston Red Sox. He became a VCU fan once he matriculated to the campus.
He has covered a number of sports in his journalism career including the CAA and A10 basketball tournaments, VCU basketball, the Redskins, the Capitals, and NASCAR.
Andy Riddler is a new member of the RobbUnfiltered Podcast team, joining as an intern for Spring 2020. Andy is a VCU student from Fluvanna County, located just east of Charlottesville. Sports has always been a central part of his life, as he credits his father for introducing him to his passion. Andy’s favorite teams include the 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, Everton FC, and the Milwaukee Bucks. (Listen to the show to find out his reasons why)
Andy has been a big supporter of VCU Basketball during his time at the university. His favorite sports memory occurred in 2017 when he traveled to Olean, New York with the Rowdy Rams to attend the infamous technical game between VCU and St. Bonaventure.
“People rushed the floor as time seemed to expire,” he said. “We were flabbergasted along the baseline right in front of where the shot happened. And then the technical. And then the win. Back from the dead. Best game I have ever seen in person.”
Running is something that Andy enjoys most. So far, he has completed two marathons and six half-marathons with plans of running in the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March. Andy is also actively involved with working with new students at VCU as the Student Program Coordinator for New Student and Family Programs. Andy plans on graduating in May 2020 with a degree in Mass Communications. Afterwards, he plans on going to graduate school to pursue higher education in Student Affairs.
“Sports is everything to me and my family, it’s been one of the fundamental aspects of my relationship with my dad,” he explained. “He got me into running. He got me into football. And he’s my best friend because of it. I won’t ever be able to thank him enough for what he gave me in sports.”
Ryan Yirka grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia where he played basketball, football, and lacrosse. From a young age, Ryan started watching sports on television and reading articles about athletes in the professional world. This has always been a peaceful part of Ryan’s life, to just unplug from everyday work and analyze the sports world.
One of Ryan’s greatest sporting moments was watching Lebron James hoist up the championship trophy in game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals, bringing the trophy back to Cleveland. Also, as a child Ryan’s father took him to see Michael Vick live at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland, where he fell in love with the game of football.
Ryan is a senior Broadcast Journalism major who plans to join the Navy as an officer after his graduation from VCU. Ryan had the privilege to possess backstage media passes for the Washington Redskins training camp, NASCAR Sprint and Infinity series. Ryan has also had the privilege to announce several VCU men’s basketball games at the Siegel Center. These experiences have helped lead Ryan to earning a broadcasting degree at VCU. Ryan is a local sports fan rooting for the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, and the Washington Nationals.
Zack Jarosz, a junior at VCU, grew up in the small town of Mathews, Virginia. Living there helped Zack foster his passion for sports that has become a huge proponent of his life. Outside of school, Zack was almost always in the batting cage or playing some pick-up basketball with his friends. Baseball has always been the sport he is most talented in, but it was those moments going to the diamond with his father that he says he will never forget. It was during those Baseball has always been special to him. Going to the diamond with his father growing up helped to grow his love for the game and for sports in general. Those moments he spent with his father—moments he says he will never forget— were some of his favorite growing up.
Zack’s father grew up in Pennsylvania and is the reason that Zack now closely follows all the Pittsburgh sports teams. He is excited to channel that passion into the sports that he has been connected to all his life into the RobbUnfiltered podcast. He hopes that this opportunity can help to move him towards his goal of being a sports commentator following graduation from VCU.
Zack has experience working youth sports programs, including for three years as a girls’ basketball coach and as a coach of the junior varsity baseball team at Mathews High School. Zack believes that his passion for sports and finding ways to be involved in sports in any way has prepared him to create a life talking sports to the far reaches of the Earth.