June 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced that former C-USA interns Jeremiah Ingram and Toni Gockel have been promoted to full-time positions on the staff.
Ingram spent the 2011-12 season working most closely with the public affairs and media relations areas and will now hold the title Assistant Director of Media Relations. He will continue to serve as the primary communications contact for men's soccer, softball, men's and women's golf and swimming & diving and a secondary contact for football.
Last season, he assisted with the promotion, community outreach and championship operations for several C-USA Championships, including football and men's and women's basketball. Ingram will also be involved with producing content for features on the C-USA Digital Network and assisting with the conference's social media platforms.
Ingram joined the conference from Saint Louis University where he was the internal communications editor for university marketing and communications. Previously, he worked for four years at the Missouri Valley Conference office in St. Louis. At the MVC, Ingram was assistant commissioner, serving as a member of the league's media relations staff and directing the conference's new media initiative. During his tenure, he was the primary media relations contact for multiple sports, including women's basketball, softball, men's soccer, volleyball and track and field. Ingram also was a member of the local organizing committee for the 2009 Women's Final Four, was assistant media coordinator for the 2007 and 2010 NCAA men's basketball regional and directed the media relations efforts for the league's women's basketball championship.
The Indianapolis native is a graduate of Bradley University with a double major in marketing and communications.
Gockel came to the Conference office in August 2011 after earning her bachelor's degree from C-USA charter member UAB. A four-year letterwinner for the Blazer women's soccer program, Gockel graduated in December 2010 with her degree in fitness leadership and exercise science. She spent five months as an intern with the UAB Sports Marketing Department, developing and orchestrating promotions for men's and women's sporting events. Gockel was responsible for everything between executing comprehensive ticket sales plans to overseeing the video programming and replay at events, as well as engaging fan support. While at UAB, she was also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Gang Green, the student spirit group.
As the new Assistant Director of Marketing, she will continue to serve as the main liaison to the marketing directors at all C-USA member institutions. This includes implementing marketing, promotional and branding initiatives; overseeing all sponsorship fulfillment needs and providing on-site support at select Championships and other Conference events.