New Athletics Staff Join “The Team”

Spring 2017 Issue

With the new year came new staff in the Office of Athletics Communications. Veteran sports information director Kelly Vergin (pronounced ver-GEEN) became the university’s new director of athletics communications, and Molly Payne was hired as the assistant director.

Vergin brings nearly 20 years of experience in athletics communications to the position. He most recently served on the sports information staff at St. Lawrence University for two years following a 10-year stint as director of athletic communications at The College at Brockport, State University of New York (SUNY).

The 1989 graduate of SUNY Brockport has also directed the sports communications offices at the University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and SUNY Plattsburgh. In addition, he was the sports room director at Las Vegas Sports Consultants for five years and a sports reporter for the Watertown Daily Times in northern New York for two years.

Payne joins the staff after graduating from Bloomsburg University in 2016. She worked for two years as a student assistant in Bloomsburg’s sports information office under the tutelage of Tom Maguire and also completed an internship with the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer team.

Payne was appointed to the two-year assistant director’s position as part of the university’s Athletics Internship Program, founded by former Board Chair John R. Strangfeld ’75 and his wife, Mary Kay, and expanded by Trustee Edward Schmidt ’69.

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