UT Athletic Communications Office

Office Telephone Numbers/Website:
Main Office: (419) 530-4920 
Fax:  (419) 530-4428 
Press Row:  (419) 530-3732 
Website: www.utrockets.com

 Mailing Address:
Athletic Communications Office
The University of Toledo
Sullivan Athletic Complex
2801 W. Bancroft St.,
Toledo, OH 43606-3390

 

Communications Staff

Paul Helgren (Michigan '85)
Associate AD for Communications
16th year at UT
paul.helgren@utoledo.edu
Office: (419) 530-4918
Home: (419) 536-7620
Cell: (419) 262-3861
Contact for Football

Steve Easton (BGSU ‘91)
Associate Communications Director
15th year at UT
steven.easton@utoledo.edu
Office: (419) 530-4921
Cell: (419) 262-3953

Contact for M. Basketball,
Volleyball, M/W Golf

Brian DeBenedictis (Toledo ‘98)
Associate Communications Director
14th year at UT
brian.debenedictis@utoledo.edu
Office: (419) 530-4919
Home: (567) 455-6714
Cell: (567) 249-6333
Contact for W. Basketball, Baseball,
W. Soccer

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Adam Hawkins (Ohio State '11)
Communications Grad Assistant
1st year at UT
adam.hawkins@utoledo.edu
Office: (419) 530-4925
Cell: (419) 304-8757
Contact for Swimming, Softball,
M/W Tennis, XC/Track

 

Media Information
The Athletic Communications Office

The Athletic Communications Office is located on the fourth floor of the Sullivan Athletic Complex in Savage Arena.

Football Press Box

The press box for football is located in the Gerber Media Center in the Glass Bowl Press Tower.  Enter at the west side of the stadium (behind the press box) and take the north elevator (marked “MEDIA” in yellow lettering) to the third level. 

Media Services

Credentials for Rocket home games are issued to professional working media only and should be requested at least one week in advance of the game. Credentials should be arranged by contacting the athletic communications office. Spouses, dates, non-workers and children under the age of 18 are not permitted in the working media area. Seating for scouts is based on availability. Telephones will be available before, during and after the game for media use. A pregame meal is served approximately one hour prior to game time.

Parking

Media parking is provided in Lot 18 (see map page 206). Please request parking passes at least two weeks in advance.

Visiting Radio

One analog telephone line and one ISDN line are provided for the official radio station of the visiting team by WSPD. Visiting stations who wish to have additional lines installed—at their expense—may do so by contacting the University of Toledo’s Athletic Communications Office.

Sideline Passes

Still photographers and videographers are permitted to shoot from field level, provided they stay behind the yellow-dotted restraining line. A field pass and a “Photo” sticker, available from the Athletic Communications Office, are required at all times. Regular media credentials will only provide access to the field inside five minutes to play in regulation.

Television

Television cameras that are not part of a broadcast crew may shoot from one of two camera wells located on the roof, or on the field in designated shooting areas.

Post-Game Interviews

Coach Campbell and requested players will be available to the media after home games in the Larimer Athletic Complex (second floor) at the north end of the stadium. Visiting coach and players will be available outside their locker room. UT’s locker room is closed.

UT Athletic Department Interview Policy

All media interviews with UT student-athletes not conducted at practice or after a game must be arranged through the UT Athletic Communications Office.

Media Access to Football Practice

Media are invited to attend the first 30 minutes of practice on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment only. Call associate athletic director for communications Paul Helgren.

Football Interview Schedule and Policies                                                        

Head coach Matt Campbell and players will be available at the Fetterman Training Center on Monday afternoons throughout the season (1:00 for Coach Campbell, 1:30 for players). Players will be chosen by Coach Campbell. Requests for other players will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests must be received by Paul Helgren by Noon on Sunday. 

Players may also be requested for phone interviews on Monday afternoon, or after Tuesday and Wednesday practices, by appointment only. These interviews are at the discretion of Coach Campbell.

Coach Campbell is available to the media every Monday at 9:38 a.m. (ET) during the season via the MAC teleconference. This teleconference is for working media only. Call the UT Athletic Communications Office for the access code. Coach Campbell is also available for interviews after practice Tuesday-Wednesday by appointment only.

No media interviews will be allowed for times other than those listed above except by special arrangement. Arrangements for other interviews should be made through the Athletic Communications Office at least one day in advance. Interviews at times other than the times listed above will be at the discretion of Coach Campbell.