Announcement from Sports Editor Matt Vita and Deputy Sports Editor Matt Rennie:

Please join us in welcoming Scott Allen to Sports, where he will be a writer for the D.C. Sports Bog alongside Dan Steinberg. Scott is currently an executive producer of digital content at USA Today Sports, where he writes, edits and manages their high school sports website. Scott holds a BA in psychology from Stanford and an MA in sports industry management from Georgetown. He’s been a reporter for the Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyoming, led design teams at Performtech, a digital strategic consulting firm in Alexandria, and been a Racing President for the Washington Nationals. He claims that beating Teddy was a major accomplishment. Scott is a lively, energetic writer and is brimming with ideas about finding new ways to connect and engage with readers through one of our most entrenched and successful blogs. He’s a lifelong D.C. sports fan who actually was a finalist in our “D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan” contest in 2011. He wrote:

“As a kid, I would spread out the Sports section on the kitchen floor and pore over the standings. My dad took me to games at the Capitol Centre, Memorial Stadium, and Cole Field House, and my room slowly turned into a DC sports shrine. In 1991, I wrote game recaps of every Redskins game. Every story began with “Boom!” — the sound of the opening kickoff, apparently. I went to 2131, the Redskins’ finale at RFK, the Wizards’ first game at MCI Center, and Strasburg’s debut at Nationals Park. I was a Racing President, won Wizards season tickets in a Halloween costume contest, and share Caps season tickets with friends. In short, I have loved DC-area sports teams for as long as I can remember and will continue to love them through thick and thin.”

This job may change that, but we love Scott’s enthusiasm. His first day is Monday, March 24.