Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Matt Chmura Hired as Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations at the University of Albany

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced today the hiring of Matt Chmura as the assistant director of athletic media relations.

Chmura comes to UAlbany after a 10-month stint as sports information director at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He was responsible for the publicity of 23 varsity sports and worked to enhance the department’s publications and web site. He spearheaded the implementation of live web casts for a variety of sports at the Merchant Marine Academy and developed increased media coverage for the department.

Prior to his position at the Merchant Marine Academy, Chmura spent two years as a graduate assistant at Quinnipiac University. He served as the school’s primary contact for nine NCAA Division I programs, while working to gain media coverage on the local, regional and national levels. He was also involved in the planning and implementation of media relations efforts for the opening of the TD Banknorth Sports Center, which opened in January 2007.

Chmura also gained Division I experience through internships at Northeastern University and the College of the Holy Cross. While at Northeastern, Chmura was the lead contact for the women’s ice hockey team and assisted with publicity of the men’s ice hockey team.

Chmura is a 2005 graduate of Springfield College, where he earned six letters in track and field while pursing a B.S. in sports management. He also received his M.S. in journalism from Quinnipiac in 2007.

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