How did you get into derby?
I’ve been going to bouts since Ohio’s first season. Originally I was just a fan who loved to tailgate but one day the announcer couldn’t make it so I filled in. For the next three years I was the league’s announcer then I was asked to coach in 2014.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Although derby takes up a lot of my time, I still try to play vintage base ball with the Ohio Village Muffins. The Muffins play base ball the way it was played back in 1860 with traditional uniforms and customs. And no, they didn’t have gloves back then.
What is your favorite derby memory thus far?
Watching Ohio win a bout at the 2013 WFTDA Championships. No one gave them any credit and they proved a lot of people wrong that day. On a more personal note, I was one of a few American announcers chosen to announce at the 2014 Blood and Thunder Roller Derby World Cup. It was an awesome experience and it was great hanging out with skaters from all over the world.
Who inspires you?
Everyone who volunteers in our league. It takes such a time and money commitment to be involved in derby. Weather they are a skater, ref, NSO, or other volunteer, their time is valuable and I can’t say thank you enough.
How/why did you pick your derby name?
It was given to me at birth. I’ve since changed to my legal name after using the derby name Inspector Muffin for several years. I was a Private Investigator for 6 years, so that’s where the “Inspector” part came from. I also play vintage base ball with the Ohio Village Muffins, so that’s where the “Muffin” part came from. I just threw them together. It was never meant to be anything dirty, but as the WFTDA evolves, I though it would be in everyone’s best interest if I changed it.
Do you have any pre or post bout rituals?
I have several pre-bout rituals that involve a lot of people other than me, even if they don’t know it. I am a creature of routine and my skaters get thrown into that unknowingly sometimes. Other than that, I typically sweat a lot because I’m nervous.
How has derby impacted your life?
I have a lot more gray hair and a lot less money.
Any other fun facts about yourself
I met my wife Jell-O wrestling.
I’m a competitive food judge.
I’m an ordained minister.
I’m a beauty pageant judge.