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A hearty Valero Alamo Bowl welcome to our new Media Relations Coordinator, Zach McDonie! An Ohio native, Zach is experiencing both San Antonio and Texas for the first time and can’t wait to take in everything the duo has to offer.
Zach attended Ohio University and received a specialized studies degree in Sport Communications, completing much of his coursework for the nationally recognized Sport Management program. During his undergraduate career, he worked closely with Ohio Bobcat athletics, particularly in the area of media relations. Zach performed various duties during his four years for the university’s Sport Business Association, including becoming a two-time Director for the Bradley Allen Moorhead Basketball Tournament (a 3-on-3 tournament designed to fund a memorial scholarship).
Zach has always wanted to combine a love of writing with his fanaticism of sports into a career, and the field of media relations seemed a perfect way to do so. After his sophomore year, he completed a media relations internship with Duke University’s athletic department. As a life-long Duke Basketball fan, this experience was a dream come true for Zach, and further cemented his desire for a career in the field of athletic communications. Zach also boasts experience with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Ohio Bobcat men’s basketball and the LeBron James Skills Academy.
In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing pickup basketball with friends, trying out new recipes and taking in the nightlife of whatever city he is in. Zach has already developed a close bond with his fellow interns and can’t wait to embark on this six month journey with them by his side. His favorite San Antonio destinations so far include La Gloria, The Tower of the Americas and Cowboy’s Dancehall.
Zach has taken in so much from both a professional and personal standpoint during his time in San Antonio thus far, and is eagerly awaiting the start of the college football season in Texas. He is truly coming to realize where the term “southern hospitality” gets its roots, and looks forward to exploring the city even more over the next few months.
Quick Facts on Zach –
· Favorite Athlete: Kyrie Irving
· Favorite Artist: J. Cole
· Biggest Fear: Sharks
· Perfect Meal: Mom’s meatloaf and hash brown casserole