SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference is promoting two current staff members and adding four new employees, as Commissioner John Iamarino announced several personnel moves Wednesday.
Paul Lollis, entering his fifth year at the SoCon, has been promoted to assistant commissioner for video productions after serving as director of video productions for the first four years of his tenure. Lollis will continue to be directly responsible for coordination of all Southern Conference video productions for website use, conference championships and special events as well as performing quality control for the SoCon Digital Network (SDN). His new title went into effect July 1.
Entering her second year at the league office, Haley Shotwell moves into the role of director of creative services after serving as the assistant director of media relations for the 2017-18 academic year. In her new role, Shotwell will be responsible for enhancing SoCon championships through graphic design production, the capturing and editing of championship video and on-site support in championship operations. She will also create and help execute marketing plans for league championships and events and oversee the conference’s social media strategies. Shotwell assumed her new role July 1.
Hannah Bradley will assume the position of assistant director of media relations and comes to the Southern Conference office from league member Wofford, where she has served as the assistant director of athletic communications for the past two years. There, Bradley handled media relations responsibilities for her assigned sports, doing so on a national scale after the Terriers’ men’s basketball team upset No. 5 North Carolina on the road last season. Bradley spent a four-month stint as the sports information director at Southern Wesleyan University after serving two years as a student assistant and two years as a graduate assistant at Clemson. She graduated cum laude from Clemson with a bachelor’s degree in communications in December 2012 and with a master’s in human resource development in August 2015. Bradley’s expected start date is Aug. 13.
Emily Fulton will join the SoCon staff as the external operations assistant for the 2018-19 academic year. Fulton, a 2018 VMI graduate, was a track and field student-athlete for the Keydets, earning all-freshman honors in the javelin and pole vault in the 2015 outdoor season. In addition to volunteering within the VMI athletic department, Fulton spent two summers working with Virginia Amateur Sports, a nonprofit organization sanctioned by the NCAA and USOC that directs the Virginia Commonwealth Games. The economics and business major also spent a summer interning with Norfolk Southern Corporation. Fulton will serve as support for the league’s external operations, compliance and video production departments and will start Aug. 1.
Carl Mattox will join the SoCon staff as the championships assistant for the 2018-19 academic year. A first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and two-time all-conference linebacker for Mars Hill University, Mattox graduated with a degree in business administration in 2017. The Mars Hill Presidential Intern was awarded a Foundation of the Carolinas - Carolina Panthers Stadium Corporation Graduate Scholarship and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Mars Hill in 2018. Mattox, who interned with the 2018 SoCon Basketball Championships presented by General Shale as part of his master’s program and served as a football coach for Mars Hill, also completed two summer internships with Hitachi Automotive in Monroe, Georgia. His start date is Aug. 1.
Hannah Simmons will join the league staff as the media relations assistant for the 2018-19 academic year. A 2018 graduate of James Madison University with a degree in communication studies, Simmons worked for two years as a student in the Dukes’ athletic communications office, including serving as the secondary women’s basketball contact as a senior in 2017-18 and assisting with ESPN College Gameday activities when the show visited the JMU campus. Also among Simmons’ duties were serving as the StatCrew inputter for multiple sports and maintaining several of the Dukes’ social media accounts. Simmons was a game day associate intern with the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, in the summer of 2017 and interned with the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley Baseball League in the summer of 2016. Her start date is Aug. 1.
TRANSACTIONS: Southern Conference promotes Paul Lollis to assistant commissioner for video productions. Haley Shotwell promoted to director of creative services. Hannah Bradley hired as assistant director of media relations. Emily Fulton hired as external operations assistant. Carl Mattox hired as championships assistant. Hannah Simmons hired as media relations assistant.