Athletic Department

University of Kentucky Media Relations

Philosophy

The primary purpose of the University of Kentucky Athletics Media Relations Office is to serve as liaison between UKAA's administration, coaches and student-athletes and the local, state and national media.

Goal

To facilitate the requests of UK officials and athletes as well as print and electronic media in order to ensure the best possible media coverage of UK varsity sports. The department provides a wide range of other services (such as the internet) to meet the ever-growing needs of media covering collegiate sports, as well as to assist other information-seeking organizations and individuals. In addition, the department serves as the chief public relations branch of UK athletics, keeping image a top priority in its dealings with media, fans and others wishing to learn more about UK athletics and its people.

Introduction of John Calipari Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Arranging and overseeing all media interviews
  2. Arranging and monitoring press conferences and teleconferences
  3. Handling credential requests for games/matches
  4. Coordination of gameday on-site operations
  5. Producing informational and promotional publications
  6. Writing and distributing press releases and compiling and distributing statistical information
  7. Keeping the website posted with up-to-date information in a timely manner.

Services Provided

Historical and current files

Goal: To keep organized, thorough files on all UK varsity sports for use by media and others.

Current season files are kept on each athlete and coach in the Media Relations Office, then added to the "dead" (historical) file room after the players and coaches end their UK careers. Files contain photos, media guides, releases, results and other pertinent information. The formulation of electronic computer files that will store press releases, stats, etc., will be implemented in the near future.

Publications

Publications Goal: All publications, posters and schedule cards are produced in a timely, top-quality manner and distributed to media.

Media guides are provided for all UK varsity sports. The size and number of each publication is determined by the history (records, tradition, etc...) and the media demand for that particular sport. Posters and schedule cards may also be produced for varsity sports that are considered spectator sports.

Special Events

Goal: Administration and media coordination for numerous special events.

A few examples: Plan and implement media and other services for NCAA and SEC events hosted by UK; Assist in production of football "Kickoff" and various awards banquets; Assist in production of basketball Midnight Madness; Assist with Football Fan Picture Day; Assist in honoring past football and basketball teams and individuals; Coordinate Senior Days; Coordinate end-of-seasons awards and jersey retirement; Provide official statistics crew/scorer and other staff for SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament games in Rupp Arena.

Team Travel

Goal: To provide adequate media relations services for varsity teams on the road.

A media relations representative will travel to all games with football, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and baseball. A member of the media relations staff will travel with other teams on a need-only basis. (Otherwise, the media relations staff member will make arrangements with the host school to receive results for report to state and local media.)

Reporting Results

Goal: To report results of all varsity sporting events to local, state and when appropriate, national media, as well as the UK website.

A member of the media relations staff is assigned to each sport to ensure complete coverage.

Public Relations and Fans

Goal: The media relations office, in conjunction with the marketing and promotions office, responds to fans' requests for information, photos, etc., in a courteous and prompt manner.

Continuing Objectives

  1. Continue producing top-quality, award-winning media brochures.
  2. Continue publicizing and promoting student-athletes, coaches and other key athletics personnel.
  3. Continue to be nationally recognized for the UK Athletics Web Site.
  4. Continue to be recognized for media services for 22 varsity sports.
  5. Continue developing and instructing interns and student helpers who want to pursue a career in Athletics Media Relations.

Contact Information

UK Media Relations
Joe Craft Center
338 Lexington Ave.
Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 257-3838(859) 257-3838
Fax: (859) 323-4310

Media Relations Staff Directory

Tony Neely
Tony Neely
Assistant Athletics Director
Football
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Susan Lax
Susan Lax
Associate Director
Women's Basketball, Asst. Football
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John Hayden
John Hayden
Associate Director
Men's Basketball, Women's Golf
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Brent Ingram
Brent Ingram
Assistant Director
Baseball, Asst. Football, Asst. Web
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Deb Moore
Deb Moore
Assistant Director
Volleyball, Asst. Men's Basketball, Men's Golf
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Guy Ramsey
Guy Ramsey
Assistant Director of New Media
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Pete CamagnaPete Camagna
Web Development
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Craig Hornberger
Craig Hornberger
Director of Athletic Publications
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Kim Troxall
Kim Troxall
Creative Director
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Cailyn Huston
Cailyn Huston
Assistant Publications Director
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Evan Crane
Evan Crane
Assistant Director
Asst. Football, Softball
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Chris Shoals
Chris Shoals
M.R. Assistant
Women's Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field, Rifle
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Charlie Healy
Charlie Healy
M.R. Assistant
Gymnastics, Swimming and Diving, Asst. Volleyball
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Weston pletcher
Weston Pletcher
M.R. Assistant
Men's Soccer, Asst. Women's Basketball
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