The Sports Information office at Tennessee Tech University is one of the busiest behind-the-scenes departments on campus. The Sports Information staff coordinates and distributes publicity of all 14 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 300 student-athletes, and also works closely with all of the department's promotions and marketing efforts. In recent years, the department has greatly expanded its scope to include a wide variety of video-based operations, including the popular video board in Eblen Cetner, the brand new on-court video projection system, as well as production of the weekly football coach's show.
The SID offices are located in Eblen Center.
The TTU Sports Information Office, in conjunction with Presto Sports, presents official information on Tennessee Tech University Athletics at its official site, TTUsports.com.
The primary purpose of the Tennessee Tech Sports Information Office is to serve as liaison between TTU athletics' administration, coaches and student-athletes and the local, state and national media.
The staff works to facilitate the requests of TTU officials and athletes as well as print and electronic media in order to ensure the best possible media coverage of Golden Eagle athletics. The department provides a wide range of other services to meet the ever-growing needs of media covering collegiate sports, as well as to assist other information-seeking organizations and individuals. In addition, the department serves as the chief public relations branch of TTU athletics, keeping image a top priority in its dealings with media, fans and others wishing to learn more about Tennessee Tech athletics and its people.
The Sports Information office offers updates via the newest social media outlets -- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. Tech's Sports Information office also coordinates web streaming of Golden Eagle events.
Sports Information 2017-18 Staff Directory
2017-18 SID Assignments/Contacts:
|Basketball (men's)||Mike Lehman
|Basketball (women's)||Layne Weitzel
Thomas Corhern (primary)
|M/W Cross Country||Layne Weitzel
|M/W Golf||Mike Lehman
Mission Statement of Sports Information
The yearly task confronting the sports information department at Tennessee Tech is an awesome one. It is to provide publicity material and assist in the promotion of 14 varsity sports and more than 300 student-athletes (from around the nation and the world) to a wide variety of publics, including media, alumni, fans, parents, the general public and other university personnel, both within and outside the athletic department.
The task involves the production of media guides, gameday program, press releases, schedule cards and other material for each sport, as well as all information on the ever-expanding world wide web. It also includes the generation of a variety of specialized items, including trading cards, posters, radio spots, flyers, pocket schedules, etc. In addition, the sports information department serves as the historical reservoir for information on all current and past Tennessee Tech athletes, coaches and athletic teams dating back as far as records are available. This massive undertaking involves one full-time administrator (Rob Schabert), two interns, and several student assistants. The office also relies heavily on volunteer help in areas such as statistics and game management. The job has become increasingly challenging because, in addition to the demands of the traditionally followed sports of football and basketball, Tennessee Tech's athletic program has grown tremendously over the past 15 years with the addition of several intercollegiate teams such as women's golf, softball and soccer. In a larger sense, the task involves the maintenance and advancement of the public relations image of the university, and in particular the athletic department. The sports information department is as involved as anyone on campus in creating that image, whether it is dealing with a media from Sports Illustrated or ESPN, or answering a telephone question from a curious, out-of-state fan or parent. It is an image that should never be taken for granted, and it is one that is affected by every action of every representative of the sports information office.