THE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE AND WHAT WE DO. . .
The Adams State University Sports Information Office is made up of Sports Information Director Elario Rickey, as well as a group of student workers.
The primary focus of the Adams State Sports Information Office is to serve as a liaison between players, coaches and the media, as well as to distribute information to the media and public. We are in charge of all publicity, media relations and game statistics, and present information to the media and the public through media guides, weekly statistical reports, press releases and a variety of multimedia and social media.
Contacting the ASU Sports Information Office:
Elario Rickey, Sports Information Director
Office Phone: (719) 587-8245
Cell Phone: (719) 580-4498
Office Fax: (719) 587-7276
Mailing Address: 208 Edgemont, Plachy Hall, Alamosa, CO 81101
THE MEDIA: WHO ARE THEY?
A variety of media cover Adams State Athletics from time to time. Here's a brief listing of those outlets and who they are.
*The Paw Print: Adams State's student newspaper, which comes out each Thursday morning and includes stories on each of the in-season sports as well as occasional features about the athletic department, its coaches and student-athletes.
Local (San Luis Valley)
*The Valley Courier: Provides comprehensive coverage to the entire San Luis Valley, and comes out five times every week (Tuesday-Sunday). Results and stores of nearly ever ASU game are covered in the Courier.
*KSPK: Adams State's main radio station, which covers nearly all ASC football and basketball games live, along with several volleyball matches and softball games. They alos do regular reports on each of ASC's varsity teams. In addition to a morning newscast, KSPK airs pre- and post-game shows of games they are covering. Student-athletes may be asked and invited to talk about a game immediately afterwards. At their website (www.kspk.com), a listen live link allows family and friends of student-athletes to listen to games, reports, music, etc.
The Grizzlies will be featured by media outlets from around the region on occasion, in newspapers such as The Denver Post, Albuquerque Journal, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Pueblo Chieftain, and Santa Fe New Mexican, just to name a few. Additionally, requests may be made by media outlets that regularly cover ASU opponents.
One of the most important outlets for getting the Adams State name out is the hometown newspapers, radio and TV stations of student-athletes. Hometown newspapers have a strong interest in what student-athletes are doing at college. Any media outlets, whether newspaper, radio or TV, that covered a student-athlete in high school ususally cares and is interested in what a student-athlete is doing now.
This is the area where the Sports Information Office needs the help of student-athletes the most. It just isn't possible for us to know where every paper, radio or TV station that may have covered an ASU student-athlete is. That's why the Sports Information Office requests that student-athletes tell us the names of these media outlets in their hometown area, and to try and supply names of any reporters they may have been in contact with while in high school. The more information that is provided, the more we can get your name, and that of Adams State, out to the public.
Blogs, Fan Sites & Message Boards
The rapid development of the internet over the last several years has spawned numerous sports blogs and fan sites. In many cases, these sites are often the best way to get news out about a sports team. However, they can also be dangerous as they are often times less regulated or unregulated like traditional media outlets that have editors and publishers overlooking the reporters' efforts. It is ASU's policy to grant media access to this type of outlet with the caveat that they follow the same expecations set for more traditional media outlets. Student-athletes may be tempted to post their own comments on such sites and/or social networking website (Facebook MySpace, etc.) and are actually encouraged to do so if it does in a professional and positive manner that represents student-athletes, their teammates, coaches and Adams State athletics in a positive light.
Interview requests for Adams State student-athletes MUST come through the Sports Information Office, and will be arranged around class and practice schedules.