Jason Rich enters his 12th year at Siena College and fourth as assistant athletic director for communications. In that capacity he oversees the promotional efforts for Siena's 18 Division I varsity sports. Rich also serves as the chief editor and archivist for the department while handling the maintenance of the department's website and overseeing many of the "Saints in the Community" initiatives.
Rich was hired in August of 1998 as the department's marketing/sports information assistant. In November 1999 he was named sports information director, and in November of 2007 he was promoted to his current position.
Rich and his staff have overseen an aggressive public relations campaign that has brought regional and national attention to Siena's student-athletes. The athletic communications office utilizes new age technology to promote the accomplishments of Siena's student-athletes. In 2008, the office expanded its multimedia coverage with the introduction of Siena All-Access - a platform that allows subscribers to follow in house productions of various athletic events throughout the season.
The athletic communications office also produces digital yearbooks for all 18 sports and is responsible for the daily upkeep, content and editing of the recently redesigned Siena athletic website.
Rich helps design and implement the department's aggressive annual community outreach program, which he titled "Saints in the Community." In recent years the department has partnered with organizations such as: Ronald McDonald House Charities, The American Cancer Society, Special Olympics New York, The Northeast Regional Foodbank and several area elementary schools.
The athletic communications office is responsible for nominating Siena's student-athletes for conference, regional and national awards. Dozens of student-athletes have been recognized during his tenure for their success on and off the playing fields.
In 2001, Rich was recognized for his dedication to the department by Siena's student-athletes, when he was presented with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee award.
In 2003, Rich was the co-media coordinator for the NCAA men's basketball Albany Regional at Pepsi Arena. Over the past decade he has volunteered in the press room at several NCAA men's basketball and women's basketball Championships across the East Coast.
An active member of both CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and ECAC-SIDA (East Coast Athletic Conference), Rich served on the 2001 ECAC-SIDA Workshop Organizing Committee and was a member of the CoSIDA Ethics Committee (2003-2005).
Rich has served on several committees organized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference including the 2002-2003 men's basketball operational committee and is a current member of the women's water polo operations committee. At Siena, he is a member of the department's Marketing Team, the Hall of Fame Committee and the Council of Administrators.
A 1998 graduate of Siena with a degree in finance and concentrations in English and marketing/management, Rich began his career in athletics as an undergraduate intern with the Siena baseball team. Upon graduation, he accepted an internship with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the Northern League where he handled many of the media relations responsibilities.
A native of New Hartford, N.Y., Rich currently resides in Waterford with his wife Victoria (married July 18, 2009).