In his eighth year as the director of athletic publications at the University of Kentucky, Craig Hornberger oversees UK's award-winning publications operations within the athletic media relations office.
The athletic publications office is responsible for the scheduling, art creation, desktop publishing and print production of hundreds of annual in-house publications and other graphic design work produced regularly by the UK Athletics Department. In the past seven years, Kentucky has received more than 100 Citations of Excellence-including numerous Best in the Nation awards-for its publications by the College Sports Information Directors of America. UK Athletics annually ranks among the top universities in the Southeastern Conference and the nation for the total number of CoSIDA publication awards won in a given year.
Hornberger has received many CoSIDA Best in the Nation awards for his layout and design of Kentucky's varsity sport media guides and posters, including UK's 2009-10 Men's Basketball Yearbook and 2010-11 Men's Basketball Poster. Among his other hands-on creative responsibilities, he art directs and co-edits UK's Athletic Annual Report, which has twice received an American Inhouse Design Award (in 2010 and 2011) from Graphic Design USA.
He played a lead role in the development and creation of Kentucky-Interactive.com, an innovative in-house website designed to inform and educate prospective UK student-athletes and their families, as well as the general public, about the athletics department and its mission. The website, which complements UK's official website, UKathletics.com, was launched in August 2010. It features video, text and graphical content on various aspects of UK's overall athletic program as well as in-depth micro-sites for each of Kentucky's 22 varsity sports.
Prior to coming to UK, Hornberger served as the sports publications director at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., since 1988. While there, he oversaw the collection and layout of artifacts and imagery for the University of Virginia Football Hall of Fame. In 1995, he worked as the photo research editor for the book, `Hoos `N' Hokies: The Rivalry. He also collaborated with the UVa Development Office in the production of First and Goal, a publication about the school's football stadium expansion project. The publication received a 1999 Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
From 1985 to 1988, Hornberger worked as publications editor for the Virginia Student Aid Foundation. During that time, he managed production of the VSAF's national award-winning quarterly magazine, Virginia: Inside Cavalier Sports. Before working for VSAF, Hornberger spent one year as sports publications director at West Virginia University.
He is a 1982 graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. Following graduation, he interned in the sports information offices at Princeton University and Virginia.
Hornberger is married to the former Lora Sackett of Smithfield, Pa. The couple has two daughters: Tiffany, who is the director of financial aid at Georgetown College, and Eryn, who attends Transylvania University.