University of Massachusetts Media Relations Office
The University of Massachusetts' nationally-recognized athletic program is continually in the news and the school's media relations office is responsible for meeting the demands of not only the media, but of the department's many friends, fans and other interested publics.
The charge of the UMass athletic department's media relations office is to effectively communicate information about the UMass athletic program to the news media and other interested parties in order to positively promote the institution's student-athletes, coaches and staff members. In order for the office to meet its goal, staff members foster relationships with local and national media to effectively enhance the image of the University, its athletic department and the 21 intercollegiate athletic teams which wear the Maroon & White.
As a part of its daily activities, the media relations office is responsible for producing media guides, game day programs, schedule cards, news releases and internet updates at www.umassathletics.com for all UMass teams. The media relations office also provides game day management and statistical services as needed at the event site, responds to all news media inquiries, arranges all media interviews and compiles and maintains the historical records of each team through the collection of results, photographs, newspaper clippings and video tape. Staff members also work closely with the Atlantic 10 Conference, Hockey East, the MAC, the ECAC, the NCAA and the sports governing organizations to gain further recognition for UMass student-athletes and coaches.
Please note, all interview requests must go through the media relations office, which has the sole discretion of approving requests for accredited media outlets only. Home telephone numbers or cell phone numbers of student-athletes will not be given out. Additionally, media are prohibited from trying to arrange interviews with student-athletes via social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.).
For game day media credentials, please contact the appropriate sport contact listed below at least 24 hours in advance. Limited media parking is also available. Media meals are available for football, men's basketball and hockey.
Action photos, head shots and video are available upon request for editorial usage. All can be transmitted electronically or via FTP.
All interview requests for staff members, the athletic director or general questions regarding the department may go to John Sinnett.
The University of Massachusetts Media Relations Staff