Our Team

Our Team

Arif Hasan

Arif Hasan has written for sites all across the internet and his work has been featured in the Star Tribune, LA Times, Forbes, SB Nation, International Business Times, the Bleacher Report and MSNBC. He’s made radio appearances for 1500 ESPN, TSN, KATE 1450 and others. He currently also writes for the Daily Norseman and Optimum Scouting.

Luke Inman

Luke Inman is Zone Coverage’s resident NFL Draft guru. He’s an aspiring scout and stars in/produces the infamous Prospect a Day videos for eDraft on YouTube as well as appearing on pretty much every single show on the Cold Omaha Podcast Network, most notably The Andy, Luke and Arif Football Machine. He’s also the King of the Lakeville Buffalo Wild Wings.

Sam Ekstrom

Sam Ekstrom is a Zone Coverage staff writer who also covers the Minnesota Vikings for Cumulus Media and about.com. He is a high school play-by-play voice at BCTV, MSBN and Prep Spotlight and a former sports radio host at 105 The Ticket.

Brandon Warne

Brandon Warne covers the Twins for Zone Coverage, and has had his work featured in numerous places across the United States. Locally, Warne’s work has appeared at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 1500 ESPN and Go96.3 for writing and audio, and he’s also had written work appear on Baseball Prospectus, Fangraphs and cited in the Los Angeles Times. Warne lives in the outer Twin Cities suburbs with his wife, Amanda. Listen to his Cold Omaha podcast Midwest Swing.

Zach Wright

Zach Wright was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a lifelong Minnesota sports fan. He attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette as well as Brown College for broadcasting and began as an assistant producer at the former sports station 105 The Ticket in Minneapolis. Through The Ticket, Zach met Tom Schreier and Sam Ekstrom and began working with Cold Omaha. Zach is currently a morning show host, sports director, and play by play man for the KK Radio Network in Wadena, Minnesota. Listen to his Cold Omaha show Just Another Sports Podcast.

Yinka Ayinde

Yinka Ayinde

Yinka Ayinde covers the Minnesota Vikings for Zone Coverage.

Tom Schreier

Tom Schreier is a co-founder of Zone Coverage and has previously written about Minnesota sports for Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports before joining 105 The Ticket in 2014. He previously co-hosted The Wake Up Call with Sam Ekstrom and Nic Hallett on Sunday mornings from 8-11am and was a frequent guest on The Bob Sansevere Show and Radioactive Sports with Mike Morris and Ben Holsen on weekday afternoons.

Michael Knight

Michael Knight is an opinion based professional broadcast personality and writer, a career radio guy that has worked in broadcast marketing for the last five years. He also works as a commercial voice over talent and is currently narrating novels for author R.P. Wolff.
Voted Radio “Personality Of The Year” by his peers twice recently for hosting morning and afternoon drive talk radio shows in Boston and Milwaukee, Knight has appeared regularly as a featured guest on the Doug Gottlieb Show on CBS Sports Radio. His most recent shows aired daily on Sports Radio 105 The Ticket in Minneapolis. Before that, he worked as a host for Entercom in Boston and Milwaukee for 10 years.
He co-founded ZoneCoverage.com with Tom Schreier while doing midday Sports Talk in Minneapolis. His podcasts are mostly sports, business and entertainment based and can be found on zonecoverage.com.  He also hosts the Michael Knight Channel on YouTube.

Nic Hallett

Nic Hallett is a Zone Coverage editor and writer, who specializes in Minnesota United FC coverage. He has previously covered sports for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Big Ten Network.


Ben Remington

Ben Remington is Zone Coverage’s senior Wild columnist. He previously has been a Wild and Twins blogger, having written for several different sites since 2014. His parents are very proud of him. Ben also enjoys Cooking, Professsional Wrestling, and imagining if he were a stand up comic.


Giles Ferrell

Giles Ferrell is a Minnesota Wild/Hockey writer for Zone Coverage. He has been writing about the Minnesota Wild and hockey in general since 2011 when he started a little blog and has worked his way up the ranks ever since. In addition to his writing, Giles can be heard on his podcast – Giles and the Goalie – which airs weekly on Zone Coverage. He was also once dubbed ‘King Blogger’ by Michael Russo and remains very proud of that title.

Andy Carlson

Andy Carlson is Cold Omaha’s Podcast Czar and is the self-proclaimed “Jackass Fan with a Microphone”. He began podcasting in 2013 with the Purple FTW! Podcast: Dedicated to the pain AND pleasure that is the Minnesota Vikings. On top of producing most of the shows on the network, he also stars on The Andy, Luke and Arif Football Machine and the eponymous The Andy Carlson Show. He has a degree in Economics from Winona State University, which really comes in handy…


Tim Faklis

Tim Faklis is a senior editor and the Timberwolves beat writer for Zone Coverage, as well as an NBA contributor for Sporting News. He’s written about basketball and music for A Wolf Among Wolves, VICE, City Pages, Fansided, Growler Mag, Hardwood Paroxysm, The Classical, and others. As it stands right now, he remains the world’s biggest Trenton Hassell fan.


Heather Rule

Heather is a freelance sports reporter and blogger covering everything from the Minnesota Wild to high school sports to IndyCar racing. She’s also a social media guru for MLB. She has a background in news reporting but can usually be found watching/Tweeting about sports. She’s a journalism graduate from the University of St. Thomas.


Dane Moore

Dane Moore is a Timberwolves contributor for Zone Coverage, as well as a Prep Basketball writer/editor for Nike’s AAU circuit. Dane has covered the Timberwolves for Canis Hoopus, 16 Wins A Ring, and Green Room Invite. He also hosts “The Hypothetical Timberwolves Show” for the Almighty Baller Radio Network. Bare with him as he grieves the medical retirement of Nikola Pekovic.

Matt Lenz

Matthew Lenz

Matthew is a high school math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach. He joined Zone Coverage in January of 2018 writing about analytics for the Twins and Timberwolves. He also writes for his blog, “Musings from Twins Territory”, on Twins Daily. Matthew is a connoisseur of “Deep Sweet Jams” and tacos.

Nate Wells

Nate Wells

Nate Wells is freelance writer who mainly covers hockey, but has many other interests. Is many different things to many different people. Has written for: Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Athletic, Bemidji Pioneer, Big Rapids Pioneer, Daily Mining Gazette, SB Nation, College Hockey News, several NHL teams (including Minnesota Wild), and magazines (including Minnesota Hockey Magazine).

David Naylor

David Naylor is a contributor to the coverage of the Minnesota Timberwolves at Zone Coverage. His writing on the Wolves has previously appeared at SB Nation’s Canis Hoopus, and he has traveled to several cities across the country to report on the Timberwolves before recently becoming a Minnesota resident for the first time.

Mitchell Hansen

Mitchell Hansen

Mitchell has been around sports his entire life. Growing up watching Kevin Garnett bang his head against the basket stanchion in his No. 21 Wolves jersey and yell like a crazy person, Mitchell quickly became a basketball junkie. He comes to Zone Coverage with over five years of experience in journalism, communications and digital fields, including three years at a newspaper covering various sports teams and a year-plus stint covering the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx as the organization’s Web Editorial Associate.

Lucas Seehafer

Lucas Seehafer

Lucas is a third-year doctor of physical therapy graduate student and likes to write about sports in his free time. In addition to Zone Coverage, his writing can be found at A Wolves Among Wolves.