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Academy’s Rob Garcia Named PacWest Conference Sports Information Director of the Year

Academy of Art University has come a long way in only five years, and since the inception of the Urban Knights athletic department in 2008, there have been a select few present for virtually every step along the way. In a year that started off with the Knights gaining full NCAA membership and eventually produced five NCAA postseason appearances and the crowning of two national champions, Academy of Art University’s Sports Information Director Rob Garcia has covered it all. Garcia will add one more honor to his credit before the year is up because he has been named the Pacific West Conference Sports Information Director of the Year for 2012-13 by the conference office in Phoenix, AZ.

"Rob is the epitome of an Urban Knight," said Director of Athletics Colin Preston. "He has been part of our program since the beginning, and has single-handedly built our sports information department into one of the best, not only in the PacWest, but in the country. We all congratulate Rob and appreciate his hard work."

Garcia is now in his third season as Sports Information Director at Academy of Art University after starting off as the Sports Information Assistant in 2008. He primarily covers men's soccer, track and cross country, women's basketball and softball. His position focuses on the “other duties as assigned” to say the least. For any given game, Garcia will write a preview, compile the stats, design a game program and arrive early to set up everything before the game even starts. Then he will be the public address announcer, act as the DJ during timeouts and record and provide live stats.

After the game, Garcia films and conducts coach and player interviews, often writes the game recap on the train-ride home, edits video highlightsand eventually ends the day. This is the norm, not to mention coordinating media relations with local newspapers and media outlets, marketing and photo shoots, managing the Urban Knights social media presenceand providing most of the content on the ART U Athletics website.

"Rob is an integral member of our Urban Knight family, as he has helped build our athletic department from the start and continues to enhance our standard," said Associate Athletic Director Meghan Bushnell. "We thank Rob for his endless support, working tireless hours and consistently exposing our talented artist-athletes to the world. Rob Garcia is a true servant leader and we are so lucky to have him in our family."

"I'm truly humbled by this honor, but awards such as this are never the product of a single person's efforts," Garcia said. "ART U Sports Information could not achieve what it has without the hard work put in by Evan Aczon and the wholehearted support from Colin Preston, Meghan Bushnell, our administration and coaching staff. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and I'm excited to continue telling the unique story of Academy of Art University Athletics."

 

Article credit goes to Rob Garcia and Urban Knight athletics. Visit: http://artuathletics.com/index.aspx for more information about Urban Knight athletics.

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