Press Release for Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wuerth named Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations

Contact: Andrew Hopkins
Athletics Media Relations Assistant
(904) 620-4025

University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced today the hiring of Jeff Wuerth as Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations.

Wuerth joins UNF with more than 15 years of experience in the athletics media relations field, both at the professional and Division I collegiate levels.

In his most recent position at the University of South Florida, Wuerth oversaw all the communications needs for the men's basketball and men's golf programs, in addition to various duties with the school's athletics website. He also assisted in football.

In addition to his duties at USF, Wuerth was assistant media coordinator for the 2008 NCAA men's basketball first and second round tournament games in Tampa, was a part of the game-day media relations staff for the 2008 and 2009 Outback Bowls and was on the media relations staff for the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four and 2008 WNBA Draft in Tampa.

"We are very excited to have Jeff lead our media relations department," said Moon. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and will be a tremendous asset for our entire athletics department."

Wuerth will be responsible for managing the university's athletics media relations department and developing and executing all athletics department communication initiatives.

"I am excited about working with Coach Moon and his talented staff," said Wuerth. "It is a great opportunity at a vibrant, growing university. I am looking forward to the challenge of helping UNF thrive as a top-notch Division I athletics department while striving for championships on the field and academic excellence off the field."

Prior to USF, Wuerth spent eight months in the Ohio State Athletics Communications office working with the men's and women's ice hockey teams and the baseball team. Before OSU, Wuerth spent more than nine years as the Director of Public Relations for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

With the Crew, Wuerth managed all of the organization's communication needs, and also handled the same responsibilities for Columbus Crew Stadium. Crew Stadium opened in May of 1999 as the first major league stadium built specifically for soccer in the United States. He also oversaw the media relations for major stadium events such as MLS Cup 2001, the 2000 and 2005 MLS All-Star games, two U.S.-Mexico World Cup Qualifiers and three doubleheaders of the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Before the Crew, the Cincinnati native spent two additional years in the Ohio State Athletics Communications office and two years in the Sports Information office at Western Michigan University.

The 38-year old graduated from Otterbein (Ohio) College in 1993 with a degree in communications and minor in public relations.