Moretti Named Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications

Moretti Named Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville University Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert announced this week the hiring of Matt Moretti III as Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications. He joins the Dolphins after spending the previous three years at the University of Richmond as the Assistant Director of Athletic Public Relations.

Moretti will guide and set the strategy for planning, development and implementation of all communications, website, social media and public relations messages from the athletic department both external and internal. He will direct the efforts of the athletic communications staff and coordinate similar staffs at the University level in addition to working closely with a senior peer group within the department as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives. Moretti will also work with the ticketing and marketing staffs to help with strategies and communications for ticket sales while serving as the primary media relations contact for men's basketball.

"I am thrilled to announce the hiring of Matt Moretti as our Associate Athletic Director for Athletics Communications," Ricker-Gilbert said. "Matt's skillset will allow us to continue to elevate our department and promote our wonderful student-athletes. His wealth of experience in the field of Athletics Communications will allow us to set a strategy in his area that we haven't seen before at JU. We continue to attract high-level talent to our university and I couldn't be more pleased to welcome Matt and his family to Jacksonville University."

The Wellsville, N.Y. native joined the athletic public relations staff at the University of Richmond in July of 2015 and served as the primary contact for women's basketball, men's and women's golf, and secondary contact for football.

During his first year on campus he served as the interim primary football contact for the 2015 season. The Spiders appeared on ESPN's College Gameday, defeated four nationally ranked opponents, produced four All-Americans and advanced to the FCS National Semifinals.

Beyond that, Matt oversaw a complete redesign and restructuring of RichmondSpiders.com in addition to working with men's lacrosse, field hockey, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, and women's track & field as a primary contact at various points while the public relations office was short-staffed. He was also responsible guiding the student-worker staff.

His work as a member of the graphic design team helped Richmond earn recognition as a Top 10 graphic design department in all of FCS by SkullSparks in 2018 and a Top 50 nod in 2017. His design work has appeared in varying publications across multiple mediums.

Prior to arriving at Richmond, Moretti worked at Florida Gulf Coast University where he spent the 2013-15 academic years. While there he was the primary contact for the women's soccer and baseball programs and served as the primary video production contact for the athletic department. He oversaw four Atlantic Sun Tournaments, two for both baseball and soccer, on FGCU's campus and also served as the host SID for the 2014 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament first round match at the FGCU Soccer Complex. He was also involved in getting FGCU's ESPN3 initiative off the ground.

Moretti, a 2012 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, began his professional career there as the Assistant Director of Sports Information. During the 2012-13 academic year he served as the media and public relations contact for women's basketball, men's soccer, softball and lacrosse while handling all video production for department.

Moretti worked as an intern in the Sports Information Office at St. Bonaventure for three years while splitting time as the video coordinator and student-manager for the women's basketball program for all four. As an intern he gained experience writing for GoBonnies.com for all 14 varsity sports. In 2011 and 2012, Moretti was involved in the department's increasing presence in social and new media, primarily YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

During his senior year he produced, cut, edited and voiced over many post-game and season highlights exclusively for women's basketball. He helped plan, coordinated and executed the 2011 "Brown and White Night." Moretti also designed, produced and edited "A Legacy Defined" – a short-film created for the Athletic Department which told the story of the 2011-12 basketball seasons, during which his women's program advanced to the Sweet 16.

Matt will be joined in Jacksonville by his wife, Janelle. The pair is expecting the arrival of their first child in October.