Iowa Athletic Communications

Media requiring assistance when reporting on the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Iowa work with director of athletic communications Steve Roe, director of athletic content Darren Miller, associate directors Matthew Weitzel, James Allan, and Chris Brewer, assistant directors Hannah Ossman, Jack Rossi, and Traci Wagner, and UI athletics director of photography Brian Ray and assistant director of photography Stephen Mally.

Roe was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director of Athletics Communications in 2006, and he was named the Director of Athletic Communications in July, 2011, after serving as interim director for one year. He joined the Hawkeye staff in 1990 and was named associate director in 1997. The Iowa City native earned his bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University and his master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University. Steve and his wife, Janet, have a daughter, Nike, and a son, James, two granddaughters, Teagan (14) and Lydia (6), and a grandson, Jack (9). Both Nike (law degree) and James (bachelor’s degree) earned degrees from the University of Iowa.

Wagner is in her 21st year as an assistant after previously serving as a student assistant for four years and as an intern for two years. A native of Iowa Falls, Wagner earned her bachelor’s degree in 1997 with a double major in journalism and communication studies. Traci and her husband, Jason, have a son, Nick, and a daughter, Sydney.

Weitzel was named associate director in July, 2012, after serving as assistant director since 1998. Weitzel graduated from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, with an emphasis in business. The native of Mundelein, Illinois, was a student in the sports information office for three years. Weitzel and his wife, Carrie, live in Iowa City.

Brewer was named associate director in 2016 after serving as an assistant director since 2009. He was named Division I Wrestling Sports Information Director of the Year by the National Wrestling Media Association (NWMA) in 2016. In 2004, the Iowa City native earned his English degree from the University of Iowa and served as a graduate assistant with the Detroit Lions media relations department. He and his wife, Brooke, have a daughter, Elyse, and a son, Del.

Miller was named director of athletic content in 2016 after serving as director of new media in the University of Iowa athletics department for 10 years. Prior to that, Miller spent nearly 20 years working in the newspaper and sports information professions. He is a 1984 graduate of Tipton (Iowa) High School and a 1988 graduate of Wartburg College, majoring in communication arts (journalism/public relations). Miller and his wife, Ann, have four children: Ashley, Melissa, Brittney and Kyle, and one grandson, Ryker.

Allan was named associate director of content in 2016 following seven years as a full-time assistant. It is Allan’s second stint in the office, as he served as a student assistant from 2000-04. Allan returned to Iowa City after serving as the sports information director at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2005-10, and as the athletics media relations intern at Texas Christian University in 2004-05. The Hampton, Iowa, native earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in May, 2004. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have four children, Jonathan, Will, Eleanor, and Olivia.

Rossi joined the staff as a fulltime member in June, 2018. He served as a student assistant in the Athletic Communications office as an undergraduate and as an intern for two years. Rossi is a native of Gurnee, Illinois, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa in Journalism in 2016.

Ossman joined the full-time staff in August, 2019, after assisting for a year in the department as an intern. The Farmington, Illinois, native earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and journalism and master’s degree in sport management from Northern Illinois University. There, she worked in their Athletic Communications department as a student assistant and graduate assistant.

Ray joined the UI athletics department in December, 2013, as serves as the athletics department director of photography. Ray previously was the Iowa City chief photographer and senior visual journalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and is a Davenport, Iowa native. Ray earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa in journalism and psychology in 2002. Brian and his wife, Joanna, have a son, Boston, and a daughter, Joslynn.

Mally is in his first year as assistant director of photography for the athletics department. Prior to joining the Hawkeye staff Stephen was a staff photographer at the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Athletic Communications Office

Mailing Address
S300 Carver-Hawkeye Arena
Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1020
Phone: (319) 335-9411

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James Allan (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, 2004)/Associate Director, University of Iowa Athletic Communications
Megan Becker (B.A., Communication Studies; B.A., Sports Studies, 2010)/Account Coordinator, Stumm Insurance
Bob Beghtol (B.A, Journalism & Mass Communications, 1991)/Senior Director of Media Relations, Chicago White Sox
Aaron Blau (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.A., Sports Studies, 2007)/Director of Digital Engagement, Stamats Communications
Austin Bramley (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications, 2017) Project Director, Sioux Falls Sports Authority
Chris Brewer (B.A., English, 2004)/Associate Director, University of Iowa Athletic Communications
Brandee Britt (B.S., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.S., Sports Studies, 2015)/Assistant Director, University of Iowa Athletic Marketing
Rick Brown (B.A., Journalism, 1976; M.A., Journalism, 1977)/Retired from 38-year career at Des Moines Register; reporter, Principal Charity Classic, reporter, Hawkeye Nation
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Mindy (Heidgerken) Gardner (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications; B.F.A, Photography; B.F.A, Graphic Design, 2007)/Assistant Art Director, University of Iowa Athletic Communications
Seth Goodman (B.S., Sports and Recreation Management, 2019)
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