A closer look at Marshall's head of Sports Information, Jason Corriher
There has been a lot of change within Marshall Universitys Athletic Department within the last year. New faces have been popping up everywhere and Jason Corriher is one of them.
I started Aug. 1, 2011 so it has been about a year and half since I started working for the Herd, Corriher said. Marshall has a lot of history and tradition and thats what I really like about working here.
Jason Corriher is the assistant athletic director for Media Relations and said there is a lot of work to be done.
Some of my goals when I first started here was to enhance the use of the Marshall Twitter account, Corriher said. It wasnt really being used the right way. It was set up through Facebook and I wanted the Twitter account to become separate from that in order to get the word out better. We have definitely accomplished this goal and have expanded our use of social media.
Corriher said that working in college athletics is a very competitive business and he believes the athletic department has come a long way and is always improving.
Our progress with expanding social media and other various projects is on track, he said. The staff and student athletes have been very helpful with getting the athletic department to where it is today. We are on track and I have no complaints.
The Media Relations department has worked with every aspect of the media to help tell the stories of these student athletes. From writing press releases to setting up interviews for the players, Jason Corriher has done it all.
This department is the liaison between the teams, Corriher said. For the past year my job consisted of getting to know the media and the people involved with the media and that was one of the biggest challenges. Student athletes come here and no one really knows their story. One of my goals is that by the time these athletes leave here they get to leave with a really great story to tell and by getting to know all these people involved in the media it really helped me accomplish that goal.
One of the biggest projects Corriher has been working on recently is preserving the history of the athletic archives.
Every athletic department has an archive that consists of old media guides, student athlete files, etc. that date back decades, Corriher said. The University expressed its desire to clean up all of the archives and to put them in a better spot. We have been working closely with Marshalls archivist in order to get this project done and to preserve our history.
The department also took part in the Vision Campaign, the $30 million campaign for the new athletic facilities, by writing press releases and getting the word out to the community.
Before Jason came to Marshall he worked at Ohio University in the athletic department for four years. He was working with the media relations department and decided to make the switch over to Marshall because of the staffing size.
The biggest factor for me coming to Marshall University and working in the athletic department was the staffing size, Corriher said. A big goal of mine is to devote more time to promoting football and to run the sports information office more effectively and you need a large staff to do this. By making the transfer to Marshall, I doubled my staffing size and it has helped accomplish my goals.
Jason Corriher grew up in China Grove, N.C., about a half an hour north of Charlotte. He grew up a North Carolina State fan and attended this university for his undergraduate degree. He originally went to school to be a sports broadcaster but ended up going into sports marketing.
I played sports all my life and knew that I always wanted to end up having a career in it, Corriher said. This job is like any other. I have good days and bad days but in the end I enjoy what I do and I wouldnt trade it for anything.
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