Zach Gourley and Mark Jezek have been named Will Hancock Communications Assistants for the Big 12 Conference, while Jason Angoy has been chosen as the Digital Assistant and Jeffrey Smith has been selected as Compliance Assistant. All four will serve in their roles for the 2014-15 academic year.
Gourley joins the Big 12 staff after spending the past three years working as an undergraduate for Iowa State Athletics. He assisted the media relations staff with a variety of duties, including serving as the primary media contact for the Cyclones gymnastics and wrestling programs. He worked numerous events at ISU, including every home volleyball and football contest, while handling social media responsibilities during men’s and women’s basketball games. He earned a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Iowa State in May.
Jezek comes to the Big 12 from Baylor University after working in the Athletic Communications office since January 2010. He coordinated day-to-day media coverage for BU’s nationally-ranked men’s tennis team the past two years, including managing the Bears social media platforms. Jezek worked with all of Baylor’s 17 sports during his time in Waco and served as a member of the department’s media coordination team for several NCAA events. He will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Communication-Speech Communication from Baylor.
Angoy has worked for the Texas Tech Sports Broadcasting department for more than two years. He operated various stations within the control room during live broadcasts of Tech athletics and also served as a broadcast camera operator for a variety of events. He also has experience with shooting, editing and graphic design for Double T Insider, a 30-minute sports show. Angoy also spent time working with MCTV - a daily newscast produced by the College of Media and Communications at Tech. He earned his Master of Arts in Sports Media from Texas Tech in May.
Smith arrives at the Big 12 after completing his Doctor of Jurisprudence, Law from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. During his time in Knoxville, he monitored the recruiting process and academic performance of student-athletes and assisted in determining the eligibility of athletes. He also spent time working in the University of Tennessee Business Clinic as a student attorney and as a Law Clerk for Phillip Lomonaco & Associates.
The four assistants will begin work with the Big 12 Conference in July.