MEDIA GUIDE - The 2013 North Georgia Softball Media Guide has been specifically designed to aid members of the media covering the Saints. We appreciate your coverage and if there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact the sports communications office. The Department of Athletics has certain policies and procedures that we ask for you to abide by while covering the Saints. SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE - The North Georgia sports communications office is located on the bottom floor of Memorial Hall Gymnasium in Room 002. Enter through the front doors of the gymnasium and take the glass door to the bottom floor. The sports communications office is the first door on your left as you exit the stairwell. PRESS CREDENTIALS - Press and photograph credentials are issued to members of the working media only. These credentials may be obtained by contacting the sports communications office. Requests should be made 24 hours before the event to be guaranteed consideration. In most cases, credentials will be left at will call, but can be mailed upon request. Working members of the media who plan to cover North Georgia softball on the road should make credential requests through the sports communications office of the host institution. INTERVIEWS - All interviews with players and coaches must be arranged through the sports communications office. Head coach Mike Davenport is generally accessible to members of the media. The best time to reach him is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in his office which is located in Memorial Hall. Please notify the sports communications office before stopping by to interview Coach Davenport. PRACTICES - Practices are open to the media with several guidelines that we ask you to strictly adhere to. Media members must obtain permission to video or photograph practice in advance. Media may not listen to or be in the area of any pre- or post-practice talks between coaches, players, and personnel. These comments, if overheard, are off the record. Players and coaches may not be approached during practice. Reporters may ask the sports communications staff about injuries, but all interviews with training staff, coaches, and players must be done following practice.
North Georgia Sports Communications Office 82 College Circle Dahlonega, GA 30597
MILLEDGE AUSTIN Asst. AD for Sports Comm.
Office Phone: (706) 864-3250 Office Fax: (706) 864-1625 Cell: (803) 270-5716
www.SaintsSports.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Milledge Austin is in his first year with the University of North Georgia as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Communication. He most recently served as the Director of Operations and Media Relations at Montana State University Billings where he oversaw the media aspects for the athletic department’s 17 varsity teams with emphasis on volleyball, cross country, men’s basketball, softball, baseball, track & field and golf. He was the primary media contact for coverage of the Yellowjackets’ men’s basketball and softball teams which both won conference titles and advanced to the NCAA Division II regionals. Prior to joining the MSUB staff, Austin served as the Assistant Sports Information Director at fellow Peach Belt Conference member the University of South Carolina Aiken for two years covering the volleyball and softball programs while also assisting with the Pacers’ other eight varsity sports including multiple conference champions and NCAA tournament participants. He helped maintain the Pacers’ social media network and served as the director/producer for home webcasts while helping with game-day and day-to-day operations. A native of Aiken, S.C., Austin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2009) from USCA.
The 2013 media guide for the University of North Georgia softball program.