|Position:||Associate Athletics Director Athletics Communications|
|Hometown:||East Lansing, Mich.|
|Alma Mater:||Franklin College, Ind.|
Greg Hotchkiss was named Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Communications & Public Relations on July 11, 2016. At Columbia, Hotchkiss is responsible for the direction and oversight of the Athletics Communications & Public Relations office and handles day-to-day communications for the Lions’ football squad, in addition to several other varsity sports.
Hotchkiss, who has over 20 years of progressive athletic communications experience, arrived at Columbia after having worked at several of the nation’s most prominent NCAA Division I athletics programs, including the University of Pittsburgh (2002–15), University of Florida (two stints: 1996–97 and 2000–02), Duke University (1999–2000) and Texas Tech University (two stints: 2015–16 and 1997–99).
Prior to his most recent position as Associate Athletics Director for Athletic Communications at Texas Tech, Hotchkiss served as the Director of Athletic Media Relations at the University of Pittsburgh for 14 years, where he led the day-to-day operations of the Panthers’ athletics communications office during its transition from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference. At Pitt, he worked closely with the nationally regarded men’s basketball program that captured five Big East Championships, accumulated a 347-109 record, achieved the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking, advanced to the NCAA Tournament 12 times, including four Sweet Sixteen and one NCAA Elite Eight appearance (2009) and hosted over 340 nationally and regionally televised games. In addition, he helped open the brand-new Petersen Events Center and assisted with coverage of football and several other varsity sports.
Prior to Pitt, Hotchkiss worked at Florida from 2000-02, where he served as communications lead for the nationally-ranked Gator baseball team, worked as a top media relations assistant with the football program and oversaw several aspects of the communications office including Florida’s internship program. It was the second of two stints at Florida as he served a full-time internship with the Gators in 1996-97 and worked closely with the 1996 national champion/SEC champion football team. He also assisted in the publicity of 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
At Duke, he worked closely with the Blue Devils’ men’s basketball program and served as publicity contact for 10 sports. During his tenure in Durham, the Blue Devils climbed to the nation’s No. 1 ranking and eventually won the 2001 national championship.
At Texas Tech from 1997-99, Hotchkiss was responsible for the publicity and promotion of the baseball and volleyball programs, while also serving as a secondary contact with the Red Raider football team.
Hotchkiss has earned a total of 16 national publications awards during his career while managing and hosting a variety of NCAA Championship events. He also has played a role in three Heisman Trophy campaigns (Larry Fitzgerald at Pitt, Wuerffel at Florida, Rex Grossman at Florida) and has served on two communications staffs which have garnered FWAA Super 11 honorees.
A 1996 Franklin College (Ind.) graduate, Hotchkiss majored in journalism, played four years of varsity soccer for the Grizzlies and earned a National Pulliam Journalism Scholarship. While in college, he served as a media relations intern for the Indianapolis Colts (1994 and 1995), Indiana Pacers (1994-95) and at the University of Michigan (1994).
An East Lansing, Mich. native, Hotchkiss and his wife, Stacey Brann-Hotchkiss, a former TV sportscaster and sports information director at both Rutgers and LIU Brooklyn, and daughter Lilly, reside in Upper Saddle River, N.J.