Matt Montavon promoted to sports information director
Athletics is an integral part of life at Centre, with 40 percent of students participating in varsity athletics and 80 percent playing intramural sports. Athletics are poised to become even bigger and better in the coming year thanks to Matt Montavon, who was recently promoted to sports information director (SID) for the College.
Sports have been a part of Montavon’s life since high school, where he explains, “I played almost every sport available at some level.”
A Portsmouth, Ohio, native, he attended Shawnee State University, where he majored in sport management and ran for the cross country team. Ironically, the one cross country meet he could not attend was held on Centre’s campus.
After graduating, Montavon began covering local sports for the Ledger Independent in Maysville, Ky., where he recognized that college athletics was his passion.
“I realized that I wanted to tell the positive sports stories,” he explains. “I wasn’t interested in investigating coaches or tearing people down. I wanted to write about the good things happening in sports.”
This desire led him to Centre, where he was an assistant director to Mike Pritchard, Centre’s former SID and current head baseball coach and assistant SID.
“It was hard on Mike to devote adequate time to both jobs,” Montavon explains. “Many colleges used to operate with a head coach who was also SID for a long time, but now, with the growth of social media and the kinds of live stats and video we can provide, sports information has become more of a full-time job.”
Pritchard recognized Montavon’s aptitude for the demands of the position and immediately set about planning his transition to full-time SID.
“Matt has a great work ethic and takes a lot of pride in what he does,” says Pritchard. “From his experiences of working in two sports information offices at the college level and for a newspaper, he not only has the skills for the position, but he also works well with people, especially those in our athletic department.”
Pritchard sees Montavon’s promotion as an important step forward for Centre College athletics.
“He will be able to be a little more proactive than I was,” Pritchard explains. “As a head coach and SID, my time was always split, and I felt we were always playing catch-up. Matt will be able to devote all of his time toward doing what’s best for our athletes and teams.”
The athletes and teams are the highlight of Montavon’s work and the main reason he is looking forward to the new athletic season.
“My favorite part of the job is closely following all the different sports we have,” says Montavon. “When you’ve been to every game for a certain sport, you start to feel attached to that team and that you’re a part of its big victories.”
Montavon will have a busy and exciting season ahead and is especially happy to be continuing his work at Centre.
“Even though when I first came here, I knew nothing about Centre, I’ve really come to love this place,” he says. “The athletic department and the campus community feel like a big family. I’m really glad I will be staying here to continue working with athletics.”
To learn more about Centre’s athletics program, click here.
By Mariel Smith