An Emmy Award-winning production veteran possessing an extensive background in the presentation of championship golf telecasts, Mark Loomis is the coordinating producer of all USGA studio and event production for FOX Sports. In his hands-on role, Loomis oversees the preparation and execution of eight USGA championships broadcast across FOX Sports’ linear and digital platforms, highlighted by the U.S. Open, Women’s U.S. Open and U.S. Senior Open events. He also serves as the point of contact for all companion remote and studio programming as it relates to the division’s golf coverage.
GROWING UP IN THE GAME
A native of Larchmont, N.Y., Loomis grew up playing the challenging East and West courses of the historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., site of 10 previous USGA championships, including four U.S. Opens (returning again in 2020). Before getting into broadcasting, Loomis saw the U.S Open from a variety of angles. During the 1974 championship at Winged Foot, he was given a golf ball by Gary Player in a practice round and was hooked on the sport from that point forward. At the 1984 Open, also at his home course, he served as the standard bearer with Fuzzy Zoeller on Sunday and was standing in the fairway when Fuzzy famously waved his white towel toward Greg Norman on the 18th green. While in college during the summer of 1988, he caddied for Winged Foot assistant club pro Darrell Kestner in the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Loomis attended Vanderbilt University, where he was a three-year member of the golf team from 1987 to 1989. He learned quickly that a playing career was not in his future after playing in the Southeastern Conference opposite future PGA Tour pros Chris DiMarco (Florida), Steve Flesch (Kentucky – now an announcer on the FOX Sports golf team), Dudley Hart (Florida) and David Toms (LSU). Loomis remains an avid golfer, maintaining a registered handicap index of 1.7 according to the GHIN database.
AN UNEXPECTED TURN INTO BROADCASTING
After graduating from Vanderbilt, Loomis sought work in a field that would keep him close to the sports he loved following. He accepted an opportunity to work as a runner for ABC’s telecast of the 1989 Tip-Off Classic, a college basketball invitational in Springfield, Mass. Developing an immediate interest in production, he worked his way up through ABC Sports, covering a wide swath of live events including college and professional football, college basketball and a variety of Wide World of Sports events. He was a contributor on many fronts to a golf production team that at the time held three of the sport’s four major championships. Starting with humble beginnings as a researcher and scorer in the 18th tower, Loomis ascended to the position of coordinating producer for ABC/ESPN Golf, a run that lasted from 2004 to 2006 and then again from 2009 to 2011, and was highlighted by a Sports Emmy win for Outstanding Live Sports Special during the 2005 British Open. Loomis produced five British Opens for ABC/ESPN. During his career in the producer’s chair, he also led three of ABC’s presentations of the BCS National Championship Game and five Rose Bowl broadcasts. He captained the production for the beginning of NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” from 2006 to 2008 and prior to joining FOX Sports, served as a senior vice president of production for MLB Network from 2012 to 2014.
Loomis earned a degree in political science from Vanderbilt. His mother, Carol Loomis, retired in 2014 from a 60-year career as a business writer and editor for Fortune magazine. She was the longest tenured employee in the history of Time Inc. Carol still lives in Larchmont with his father, John, who was a collegiate tennis player at Vanderbilt and got Mark involved in all sports as a child, including golf. Loomis currently resides in New Canaan, Conn. with his wife Steffi and their two children, Jenny and Ben.