| Brent Ingram
Brent Ingram is in his sixth year as the assistant director of media relations at Kentucky and in his ninth year working in the UK media relations office. Ingram is responsible for all the publicity efforts for the UK baseball, men's soccer and rifle programs and functions as the secondary web coordinator for Kentucky's athletic website, UKathletics.com.
As the baseball, rifle and soccer contact, Ingram coordinates all media requests, in addition to writing and editing Kentucky media guides, game notes and press releases, also maintaining and editing all social media website presences. Ingram also serves as the media coordinator and official scorer during home baseball and men's soccer contests, in addition to his day-to-day responsibilities in the media relations office and the management of UK's entire 22-sport intercollegiate athletic program.
In five previous years working with the UK baseball program, Ingram has successfully promoted a school-record three first-team All-America selections, including a program-first two honorees in 2008. While with baseball, Ingram has promoted some of the top players in the 102-year history of the program, including first-team All-Americans Sean Coughlin (2007), Sawyer Carroll (2008) and Collin Cowgill (2008). In addition during Ingram's five-years with UK baseball, a school-record 33 players have been picked in the MLB Draft or signed free agent professional contracts, including 11 players drafted in the top 10 rounds since 2008. Pitching stars James Paxton (2009) and Alex Meyer (2011) became the third and fourth UK players picked in the first-round picks in the 46-year history of UK in the MLB Draft, with Meyer going 23rd overall in the 2011 MLB Draft to the Washington Nationals. During the 2011 MLB season, Cowgill advanced to the Arizona Diamondbacks roster, helping the D-backs win the National League Western Division and advance into the playoffs.
During his time with men's soccer, several UK stars have earned accolades, including the first two freshman All-America honorees in program history in back-to-back seasons (Dylan Asher; 2010, Matt Lodge; 2009) and defender Barry Rice was named the third and fourth All-America selection (2007,2008) in school annals. Ingram has helped transform the men's soccer program into a digital age, as UK provides arguably the only consistent interactive live blog in the NCAA for all of its road contests and have debuted technological innovations including live video streaming for home contests and a comprehensive men's soccer interactive website geared towards attracting recruits.
Ingram graduated in December of 2006 from the University of Kentucky with a degree in communication. He began his career in sports information as an intern for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association from 2000-2006 and began working as a student assistant in the UKMR office during the summer of 2004. As a student assistant in 2006, Ingram worked as the secondary contact for the baseball program under primary contact Scott Dean, with the Wildcats completing a worst-to-first turnaround in claiming the Southeastern Conference Championship and hosting the first NCAA Regional in program history.
He spent the 2006-07 school year working as the media relations assistant at UK, handling baseball, rifle and assisting the football program under long-time UK football SID Tony Neely. In addition to his time at Kentucky, he has worked conference and NCAA championship events ranging from baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's soccer, softball, volleyball and track and field. Ingram also served as the official scorer for the 2009 and 2010 SEC Baseball Tournament and as the official scorer for the 2011 Lexington Softball NCAA Super Regional.
He is a member of the College Sports Information Directors Association of American (CoSIDA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Annually, UKMR and Ingram's publications are listed among the tops in the nation by CoSIDA, including the 2009 Baseball Media Guide, which finished first in the district. In 2010-11, the UK baseball poster - conceptualized by marketing director Nathan Schwake and creative director Kim Troxall - was named as the best poster among all of the NCAA's spring sports.
Ingram, 29, is a native of Gainesville, Fla., and the son of Dr. Dewayne and Pat Ingram. He is single and has a sister, Trisha Ingram Layow. Trisha and her husband Matt Layow, just had their first child, Cole Thomas Layow.