The primary responsibility of the
Athletic Media & Public Relations office, which is located in
Room 151 of the Field House (145 Main Street, Durham, NH), is to
promote the 20 varsity sports at the University of New Hampshire.
Included in this responsibility is working with media members, the
promotion of student-athletes for academic and athletic awards (on
the conference, regional and national levels), press releases, the
production of media guides, game notes and programs, the
maintenance of (team and individual) statistics and the content of
the official UNH athletics website (www.unhwildcats.com) as well as
related social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
The office’s newest venture is UNH Wildcat Productions, which
provides video content for the website – live video streaming
of home games, game highlights and various features – as well
as produce televised games and Inside Wildcat Country, which is a
monthly televised magazine show.
UNH’s Athletic Media & Public Relations office consists of a Director, two Associate Directors, two Assistant Directors and a Video and Public Relations Assistant as well as a corps of student workers. Tom Wilkins (Assumption ‘03) was elevated to the position of Associate Athletic Director for Media & Public Relations in July 2012 after serving as Assistant Director of Athletic Media & Public Relations for two years. He had rejoined the staff in summer 2007 as an office Associate Director and held that title until being promoted; Wilkins initially worked as an Athletic Media Relations Assistant at UNH in 2003-04.
The remainder of the full-time staff consists of associate directors Doug Poole (UNH ‘93) and Mike Murphy (Syracuse ‘95), assistant directors Alex Comeau (Husson ‘11) and Jon Luszcz (Endicott '12) as well as director of UNH Wildcat Productions Jared Fieldsend (Thomas College ‘10). Poole joined the office in June 1997, Murphy and Fieldsend started in summer 2010 followed by Comeau in spring 2012 and Luszcz in spring 2013.
INTERVIEWS: All requests for student-athlete or coach interviews, either in person or via phone or e-mail, must be arranged by the New Hampshire Athletic Media & Public Relations office. It is office policy that phone numbers of student-athletes, coaches and athletic department staff will not be given to media members. Headshots and/or action photos on file are available upon request. Please see the list below to contact the appropriate office personnel with the corresponding sport. On game day, interviews will be limited to postgame. Postgame interviews with requested coaches and players will take place following the NCAA-mandated 10-minute cooling off period. UNH locker rooms are closed to the media.
PRESS CONFERENCES: The football and men’s ice hockey teams hold a weekly press conference (Wednesday afternoons) during their respective seasons. Please contact the Athletic Media & Public Relations office at least 24 hours in advance to request an interview with a specific student-athlete (or coach, if other than the head coach).
MEDIA GUIDES: The University of New Hampshire Athletic Media & Public Relations Office produces electronic files of media guides for its varsity sports and publishes them on the official UNH athletics website (click here) to assist media members’ coverage of Wildcats’ sports and make that information available to all fans. Media guides for football and men’s ice hockey are also available for purchase.
GAME CREDENTIALS (print, photo, tv, radio, film): Game credentials are required for media members to attend UNH’s six ticketed sports – football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and gymnastics; only accredited members of the media will receive credentials for the aforementioned sports’ home games. Media members must request a game credential no less than 24 hours in advance of the game, and a valid form of identification is required to pick up the credential. Please see the list below to contact the appropriate office personnel with the corresponding sport.
For UNH’s other 14 sports, media credentials are not issued but it is requested that you contact a member of the Athletic Media & Public Relations office to notify them of your attendance at a home event so that all your needs are tended to. Please see the list below to contact the appropriate office personnel with the corresponding sport.
Photographers and videographers have restricted areas, depending on the venue. Please consult with a member of the Athletics Media & Public Relations office for acceptable locations from which to photograph or shoot video.
Radio credentials will be limited to three people per affiliation. The number of phone lines available to visiting teams is dependent on the venue, so please request a phone line as early as possible to ensure one is available. There are no line fees, but the cost of the call in incurred by the radio station (arrangement for the station to call the phone line is customary).
PRESS BOX GAME SERVICES: Game notes and programs, as well as other information sheets such as flip cards (football) and line charts (hockey), are available in the press box prior to the start of each UNH home game for ticketed sports. Halftime statistics will be provided and complete box scores will be distributed following the conclusion of the game at all home events.
WIRELESS SERVICE: Wireless service is available in the press box at most UNH athletics venues, as well as the Athletic Media & Public Relations Office (Field House, Room 151). Media members log into the system as a guest and complete the required fields before gaining access to the wireless network. Staff members of the Athletic Media & Public Relations staff will be available to provide assistance.
Tom Wilkins --
Men’s ice hockey
Doug Poole -- Women’s ice hockey, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, football (secondary contact)
Mike Murphy -- Football, gymnastics, men’s & women’s skiing, men's ice hockey (secondary contact)
Jon Luszcz-- Women’s basketball, volleyball, women's swimming & diving, community relations
Alex Comeau -- Men's basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track & field
Jared Fieldsend -- Video