SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference is expanding the roles of three current staff members and adding four new employees, as Commissioner John Iamarino announced several personnel moves Thursday.
Associate Commissioner Jason Yaman, who has led the media relations department since arriving at the SoCon in 2008, will transition to corporate marketing with a focus on bringing in new corporate partners to the league. He will continue to serve as the league's liaison to its television partners and handle scheduling for all sports except basketball and football.
Phil Perry, who has served as the assistant director of media relations since 2012, will now oversee that department and has been promoted to assistant commissioner. He will be the league's primary media relations contact for football, men's basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, men's golf and men's lacrosse. Perry will continue to administer academic awards and serve as webmaster for soconsports.com.
Jordan Trolinger, now entering her sixth year at the league office, has been promoted to assistant commissioner for external operations after two years in the role of director of creative services. In her new role, Trolinger will oversee the SoCon's promotional, creative services, graphic design, special events and corporate sponsorship fulfillment efforts.
Haley Shotwell has been hired as the assistant director of media relations. Shotwell comes to the SoCon after two years at The Citadel, where she was associate director of the office and the men's basketball contact in 2016-17 after serving as an assistant director and the Bulldogs' baseball contact the year prior. A 2015 graduate of Radford University, Shotwell also gained experience as a sports reporter at WDBJ7-TV in Roanoke, Virginia. She will serve as the SoCon's media relations contact for women's basketball, cross country, volleyball, men's and women's tennis and softball, with a start date of July 17.
Kelsey Gomes will join the staff as the external operations assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Gomes, a 2017 High Point University graduate, recently completed a degree in strategic communication. During her time as an undergrad, she worked with IMG College Wake Forest University as a communication sponsorship assistant and served as a summer intern with the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League. She will serve as support for the league's external operations, compliance and video production departments and will start July 17.
Philip Marcello will join the league staff as the media relations assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Marcello, a 2013 VCU grad, spent the last two years at Millersville University as a graduate assistant earning a master's in sports management. He also interned with Franklin & Marshall College, the VCU athletics department and with general manager Robby Robinson of VCU Sports Properties. Marcello, who played two years of collegiate soccer at Randolph-Macon, will serve as the SoCon's media relations contact for baseball, men's and women's soccer, rifle, wrestling, women's golf and women's lacrosse. He will start July 17.
Zack Vaji will join the SoCon staff as the championships assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Vaji recently completed a one-year internship in athletic events and operations at Harvard University. Vaji, who was a member of the Susquehanna University soccer team for the 2011-12 academic year, graduated with a degree in sports management from West Virginia in 2015 and completed a master's from WVU the following year. In addition to serving as a student worker in game operations at WVU, he has interned with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team and the West Virginia Black Bears, the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. His start date is to be determined.