July 26, 2011
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland has announced the addition of two new staff members to, and a reorganization of, its Athletic Communications office. Ryan Eigenbrode, who is entering his fifth year at the school, will be the Director of Athletic Communications, while Amanda McClure and Jared Hager have joined the staff as Assistant Directors.
Clay Paciorek also returns as the Coordinator of Digital Media, completing the four-person staff that supports the communication efforts of Loyola's 18 varsity sports teams.
Eigenbrode was promoted to Director after serving as the school's Associate Director of Athletic Communications since August 2008. Now in his fifth year at Loyola, Eigenbrode will oversee the office as it supports all Greyhounds sports, as well as the school's athletic marketing and development efforts. He will be the primary contact for Loyola's volleyball, men's basketball, men's lacrosse and tennis teams.
Since joining the department, Eigenbrode has worked with every team and was a part of the athletic department's website overhaul in the spring of 2010. He has worked closely to build the relationship with CBS Interactive, the school's website and streaming partner, to integrate multiple forms of media to the platform.
"I'm thrilled that Ryan will be leading our Athletic Communications operations," Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Jim Paquette said. "He has served Loyola honorably, built strong relationships on and off campus and is an integral member of our senior athletic staff. This is a well deserved promotion. In addition, I'm excited about the team Ryan has assembled to serve our student-athletes, coaches and Greyhounds athletics."
Paciorek began his tenure at Loyola prior to the 2010-2011 seasons and will continue to serve as the producer of all Greyhounds' video events, live and on demand. The school has shown live streaming of all non-televised basketball, lacrosse and soccer games since his arrival, and his creative skills are used in the highlight and feature video packages on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
McClure comes to Loyola after spending the last three years at the University of Virginia as an assistant director of media relations. She was the primary media contact for the Cavaliers' women's lacrosse, volleyball and track and field/cross country programs.
Prior to her work at Virginia, McClure worked at fellow Atlantic Coast Conference school Virginia Tech as an athletic communications intern for two years. There, she represented the Hokies' women's lacrosse and volleyball teams and was the secondary contact for the women's basketball program.
At Loyola, McClure will be the primary contact for the Greyhounds' men's soccer, swimming and diving, women's lacrosse and men's golf teams. A two-sport student-athlete in college, McClure helped LeMoyne College win the 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse title as an affiliate member. She was a four-year starter at libero for the Dolphins' volleyball team and set the school's all-time digs record. McClure earned her bachelor of arts in mathematics from LeMoyne, a fellow Jesuit institution, in May 2006.
Hager will begin his tenure at Loyola after spending the 2010-2011 season as a communications assistant at the BIG EAST Conference office. There, the Massachusetts native was the league's primary contact for volleyball, cross country, track and field, baseball, golf and rowing and the secondary contact for men's basketball.
Before joining the staff at the BIG EAST, Hager was an athletic media relations graduate assistant at Massachusetts where he worked with the Minutemen's swimming and diving and women's tennis teams. He also served as an athletic communications assistant at his alma mater, Bryant University, as the Bulldogs' contact for men's basketball, men's and women's soccer, cross country, swimming, softball and baseball.
Hager will be Loyola's primary contact for women's soccer, cross country and track and field, women's basketball and crew.
He graduated from Bryant in May 2008 with a bachelor of science in business administration, and he then earned his master of science in sport management from the UMass Isenberg School of Management in February of this year.