Douglas C. Spatafore Jr.Director of Sports Information (Contact â€" Football, Menâ€™s Soccer, M&W Cross Country, Wrestling, Softball & Lacrosse, M&W Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field)
Phone: 570-484-2350Email:email@example.comDouglas C. Spatafore Jr. is set to begin his fifth year as the Director of Sports Information at Lock Haven University.Spatafore oversees the media relations for The Haven's 18 intercollegiate sports teams, including LHU's NCAA Division I field hockey and wrestling teams.
Lock Haven's other 16 athletic teams compete at the NCAA D-II level.
Spatafore, who graduated from Lock Haven in May of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Media serves as the primary media contact for all 18 athletic teams, while serving as the primary liaison for local, state and national media.He is responsible for the promotion of Lock Haven athletics, oversees the school's athletic portion of the website (GoLHU.com) and produces all media guides and game-day programs among all other day-to-day Sports Information office duties.
Spatafore serves as the official scorer and statistician for all of Lock Haven's home games, matches and events as well as any post-season tournament LHU may be hosting.
Spatafore is also a key contributor to the Perspective, Lock Haven's alumni magazine.
Prior to his hire as Director of Sports Information at Lock Haven, Spatafore, a former cross country and track & field performer at The Haven was the graduate assistant under Al Weston.Spatafore worked under the past two Sports Information Directors at LHU, having also worked for Danielle Barney, now Lock Haven's Assistant Athletic Director.
Most recently, Spatafore was elected the PSAC-SIDA secretary and he was appointed an active member of two PSAC-SIDA committees including Media Advisory and Awards & Honors.In March 2010, Spatafore was the media director and a key component of Lock Haven successfully hosting the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving National Championship in Canton, Ohio.
The 2010 Championships at CT Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio were one of the most successful and highly publicized in recent years.
In 2009, Spatafore helped promote the Lady Eagles National Championship softball team and Lock Haven's National Runner up lacrosse team.
He was also on hand to see the Bald Eagle Baseball team make its first appearance in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoffs.
At the 2009 NCAA D-II Softball National Championship, Spatafore contributed to live video-webcasts that aired via NCAA.com, while also aiding in the production of the National Television broadcast of the Championship game on CBS College Sports television.
In 2008-09, Spatafore directed all media relations duties as the host for several major post-season tournaments including the Northeast Conference (NEC) D-I Field Hockey Tournament, the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Championships, the PSAC Softball Championships, the NCAA D-II Atlantic Region Softball Championships, and the PSAC Lacrosse Championships.Lock Haven also hosted a NCAA D-II First Round Championship lacrosse game.
Spatafore has been a huge force behind Lock Haven's success with webcasting numerous athletic events via the internet.
He assists in overseeing the schools athletics radio (Haven Sports Radio) and video webcasts (HAVENc@st), which have attracted viewers and listeners around the world.
Spatafore helped broadcast live from three NCAA D-II Softball College World Series sites including Salem, Va. (2009) Akron, Ohio (2007) and Houston (2008) via Haven Sports Radio.
Spatafore has served as the head media contact for the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) Field Hockey Tournaments.Lock Haven also hosted the 2008 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) softball tournament.
He's helped promote a number of LHU student-athletes to All-Conference, All-Region and All-American status.
Spatafore holds professional credentials from CoSIDA, ECAC-SIDA and is a voting-member on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Atlantic Region committee.He is also the coordinator for Daktronics Inc.
All-Atlantic Region softball and volleyball.
As a student, Spatafore served as sports editor for the Eagle Eye, Lock Haven's student newspaper.In addition, he wrote feature stories for the Perspective, was active with WLHU Radio, and was also a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ).Spatafore also received the Dr. Saundra K. Hybels award for being an outstanding senior who is active on and off-campus, and for maintaining a high grade point average in his major upon his graduation.
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