EMU Support Staff Sean Hostetter Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations Sean Hostetter Hostette ter is te is in n hiss se second eco e co ond nd yearr full-tim ffull-time fu ll-ttime me with the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Media Relations Office serving as a graduate assistant before taking on the role of Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations in Jan. 2013. Hostetter’s responsibilities include the handling of all publicity and publications for the men’s basketball, volleyball and tennis teams. In addition to those tasks, Hostetter will coordinate the department’s social media efforts. Prior to coming to EMU, Hostetter spent the 2010-11 season as the Assistant Sports Information Director at Brevard College in North Carolina. There he was the primary contact for the Tornados’ soccer, cross country, women’s basketball, softball, and track & field teams. He also was the analyst on the men’s basketball radio broadcasts. A native of Livonia, Mich., Hostetter served as the Media Relations In-
tern for the Quad Cities River Bandits, the single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010. He was in charge of the organization of the press box, as well as distributing statistics to media, coaches, and broadcasters, and producing game notes for all media outlets. He also was a webmaster of the River Bandits website and a columnist for the Bandits’ monthly gameday program, “Play Ball.” Hostetter also served as one-of-three River Bandits radio broadcasters during the season. Additionally, Hostetter held the title of Broadcasting & Media Relations Intern in the summer of 2009 while he worked for the Burlington Royals, the rookie-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He was the solo radio broadcaster, while serving as the main media contact for the team. A 2009 graduate of Albion College, Hostetter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Political Science. While at Albion, he served as a sports information student assistant. Hostetter earned a Master of Science in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan in 2013. He currently resides in Farmington, Mich. and is a member of the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Garrett Hotchkiss Academic Counselor
G Ga Garrett rret ettt Hotchkiss Hotc Ho tchk tc hkis isss is in in his h s eighth hi eigh ei hth th year as an Academic Counselor for the athletic department at Eastern Michigan University. Hotchkiss joined the Student Athlete Support Services staff full time in 2007 after spending 2006 as a Compliance Assistant and Learning Specialist within the EMU athletic department. Hotchkiss is currently responsible for providing academic support and monitoring student-athletes academic progress in the sports of golf, cross country, track, wrestling and tennis.
The 36-year-old Hotchkiss earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University in 2001. He completed his master’s degree in sports administration from Xavier University in 2005. Prior to his time here at EMU, Hotchkiss worked as a research assistant in the Government Affairs office in Washington D.C. for Corning Incorporated. He also worked as a game day operations coordinator at the University of Cincinnati and graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, during his time as a graduate student.
Matt Jakobsze Associate Athletic Director/Compliance M Matt at Ja att Jakob Jakobsze ko sze is in his second sec econd year y as the he Associate Athletic Director for Compliance for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. At EMU, Jakobsze serves as a member of the athletic department’s Executive Staff. Jakobsze directs and manages all operations associated with the Athletic Department’s Compliance Office, with responsibility for legislation, governance, and policy. Jakobsze serves as EMU’s liaison to the NCAA and Mid-American Conference offices for NCAA rules interpretations and other matters. Jakobsze’s specific duties include dealings with agents, and issues regarding amateurism, promotions, donation requests, financial aid, waivers, and investigations. Jakobsze joined Eastern Michigan after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at the University of Nebraska Omaha. His day-to-day duties included managing all aspects the Athletic Department’s compliance program, and serving as the primary liaison for coaches, student-athletes, boosters, and the university community. In this role, Jakobsze acted as the primary administrator for all educational outreach efforts, coordinated the department’s financial aid program, and oversaw recruiting, and playing seasons. In addition, Jakobsze oversaw the eligibility processing of student-athletes, and coordinated interactions between coaches, current and prospective student-athletes, the Summit League, and the NCAA. Jakobsze also supervised the athletic compliance office internship programs. While at Omaha, Jakobsze oversaw the second year of the University’s NCAA Division I Reclassification process and transition to the Summit League conference. Jakobsze also served on the
athletic director’s Executive Staff, assisted in drafting the National College Hockey Conference’s Bylaws, responded to multiple compliance reviews, and coordinated a Title IX review. Jakobsze joined the Omaha Athletic Department after serving as the Compliance Coordinator at Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois University. While at NIU, Jakobsze served as the primary liaison for monitoring daily operations for eligibility, recruiting, personnel, and education. In addition, he supported the Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance and Student Services in monitoring the daily operations of financial aid, legislation, and playing seasons, and assisted student-athletes’ personal growth through the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. Prior to serving as the Compliance Coordinator at NIU, Jakobsze started the Huskie Athletic Compliance Office’s externship program while attending Northern Illinois University’s College of Law. A 2008 magna cum laude graduate of Dominican University, Jakobsze majored in psychology and political science and was a Northern Athletics Conference Scholar-Athlete. While at Dominican, Jakobsze captained the men’s soccer team, and led the Stars to regular and conference tournament championships in 2006 and 2007, NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007, as well as to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2006. In 2011, Jakobsze received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University’s College of Law. While at NIU, Jakobsze was a Lead Articles Editor of the Northern Illinois University Law Review, President of the College of Law’s Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and represented NIU in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He has published three articles, including an award winning comment discussing Major League Soccer, collective bargaining, and the antitrust implications of diverging ownership interests. In addition to serving on the Communications Committee of the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), Jakobsze is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.
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